In many instances, a driver involved in a crash may suffer fatal injuries. If that driver is considered to be the party responsible for the car accident and other individuals were also killed or seriously injured, victims or their loved ones may feel as if they are unable to seek compensation. However, individuals may still have the option to file claims against the estates of deceased drivers.
Individuals in Illinois may be considering such an option after the driver involved in a single-car crash was killed and others were seriously injured. It was reported that a vehicle carrying five occupants left the roadway and collided with a pole after the driver lost control. As a result, two individuals were thrown from the vehicle.
The driver suffered fatal injuries and was declared dead at the site of the crash. Four other individuals were also injured. Three of those parties were transported to an area hospital, and the fourth individual was taken by helicopter to another hospital. Witnesses stated that the driver was apparently speeding, and authorities reportedly found an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.
Though it is unfortunate that the driver of the vehicle died in the Illinois car accident, the other occupants of the car have serious injuries with which they must contend. As a result, they may face financial troubles due to medical bills and other damages. If they feel that it could be a right step for them, the seriously injured individuals may wish to find out more information on potentially filing personal injury claims against the estate of the driver considered at fault in order to seek compensation.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Chicago woman dies in single-car crash in suburban Aurora", Deanese Williams-Harris, March 7, 2015