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An Illinois high school student faces traffic related charges after an incident that happened recently on a local highway. The car accident that led to the traffic charges also claimed the life of one young girl. The victim was only 15 years old when she died in the crash.

A report from Illinois officials notes that the young driver of one of the vehicles involved in the car accident was traveling northbound when he failed to stop at a posted stop sign. As he entered into the intersection where the incident occurred, he was struck on the side of his vehicle by a car traveling towards him in the eastbound direction. The impact led to the fatal injury to the now-deceased victim. In addition, others in the car and the driver of the second vehicle suffered injury in the incident.

The 17-year-old driver who failed to stop at the traffic sign was charged with failure to obey a traffic sign, driving an uninsured vehicle and failure to reduce speed. Each of these offenses could lead to penalties for the young man. In addition, he may find that he faces liability for the injuries suffered by victims in the car accident.

Personal injury liability can come to a person in Illinois whose actions results in injury to others. In a car accident case, many victims find that they can make a claim for damages suffered including lost wages, the costs of medical care and recovery and pain and suffering. In cases such as this one where the victim died, the surviving family may have the right to make claims on the behalf of the deceased. To determine if such actions are available, a victim or their survivors may find it helpful to seek information relating to personal injury claims in our state.

Source: morrisdailyherald.com, "Channahon girl dies in accident in Morris, Illinois," Christina Chapman-Van Yperen, April 22, 2013

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