Learning that a family member has been killed in a car accident can be a devastating experience. The flood of emotions that surviving loved ones likely undergo can be overwhelming, and they may not know how they will move on from such a tragic event. However, it is important for individuals to understand that they may have legal options that could help them in their time of distress. Emotional and monetary losses are common after a fatal accident, and the surviving family may seek compensation.
A recent accident in Illinois proved fatal, and the family of the victim may wish to learn more about their legal options. The situation took place when a driver, apparently traveling north, crossed the center line and moved into the southbound lanes of travel. As a result, that vehicle collided with a southbound truck.
The driver of the truck suffered fatal injuries and was declared dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the other vehicle was transported from the scene with critical injuries. At this time, the investigation into the incident is ongoing. No charges have been filed at this time but are pending.
The aftermath of a fatal accident can prove difficult to handle for the loved ones of a victim. The emotional and monetary losses that they will likely face due to funeral arrangements and other expenses could become burdening. If they wish, they may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the driver considered at fault for the Illinois accident in order to seek compensation for resulting damages.
Source: galesburg.com, "ID's released in fatal accident", May 7, 2015