Eight individuals, five of them children, have sadly passed away in a car collision in Illinois. The wrong-way accident occurred early in the morning on a recent Wednesday. Sometimes these types of crashes happen due to careless driving, which is grounds for litigation.
How the crash occurred
The tragic collision took place at about 2 a.m. According to authorities, a 32-year-old man was driving a van along Interstate 90. At the time, he was carrying his wife, 31, and five children aged between 5 and 13. A 22-year-old woman was driving a car on the interstate at that time.
All of a sudden, the woman, who was reportedly going the wrong way on the interstate, crashed into the van. Police said both automobiles went up in flames as a result of the impact. The collision led to the deaths of all seven people in the van. The woman who was driving the car also passed away in the crash.
Legal recourse for victims of these tragedies
The surviving loved ones of the family of seven who died in the Illinois accident may choose to file wrongful death claims, seeking the reimbursement of financial damages. Although the woman who allegedly caused the accident died in the crash, her estate could still be sued. Likewise, anyone with an ownership interest in the car she was driving at the time of the crash may be named in the lawsuits. If the plaintiffs are successful, they may be awarded damages to cover their deceased loved ones’ burial costs and other accident-related losses.