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Serious accidents can have outcomes that may leave individuals regretting their actions. Individuals who chose to drink and drive may wish that they had not done so, and individuals who are injured due to being involved in an accident may wish that they had waited a few more minutes before leaving for their destination. Nevertheless, a car accident can happen under any circumstances, and regrets will not change the outcomes.

An accident recently took place in Illinois that caused one death and other serious injuries. It was reported that a 42-year-old man was driving a vehicle with two passengers inside when he did not stop at a red light. As a result, the car collided with a pickup truck at the intersection. The impact caused the truck to leave the roadway and end up in a drainage ditch.

The car's front-seat passenger -- the driver's mother --- suffered fatal injuries in the accident. Another female passenger in the car fled the scene, but she later went to the hospital seeking treatment for minor injuries. The driver of the car and the driver of the pickup truck were both seriously injured. At this time, the driver of the car is facing charges for DUI, driving on a suspended license and other allegations.

The car's driver may regret his actions to drink and drive, but the results of the car accident still remain. The driver of the pickup truck may wish to stay updated on the criminal charges that the other driver is currently facing, and if that man is convicted of those charges, those convictions could potentially be used as evidence in a related civil lawsuit. The pickup truck driver could potentially file a personal injury claim in order to seek compensation for damages permissible under Illinois law.

Source:, "Peoria Heights woman killed in traffic crash", Feb. 14, 2015

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