Car accidents can cause everything from minor scrapes and bruises to life-altering injuries like paralysis. Some crashes may even be fatal. The loss of life is one of the most tragic outcomes of a collision, leaving the victim’s loved ones struggling with grief in the aftermath.
While no amount of money can make up for losing someone, family members of fatal car accident victims in Illinois can file a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain compensation for their losses. Often, the damages can help provide vital financial support during a difficult time.
A recent single-vehicle crash in suburban Hickory Hills, Illinois, made headlines after it resulted in the deaths of four teenagers. Two others were injured in the deadly collision.
The 17-year-old driver was charged with reckless homicide and traffic citations. Speeding was thought to be responsible for the fatal car accident. Local police said the teen was driving a 2008 Mercedes SUV “at an extremely high rate of speed in what we believe was an attempt to go airborne over the crest of the hill at 86th Avenue.”
According to a police statement, a witness said the SUV did go airborne after moving through the 86th Avenue intersection. The driver then lost control of the vehicle, which hit a tree and split in half.
Six people were inside the SUV when the collision occurred. Two teens were pronounced dead at the scene, and two other vehicle occupants died at an area hospital. The driver and front-seat passenger survived the crash and were hospitalized.
Speeding and other reckless behavior behind the wheel can lead to serious, sometimes fatal, car accidents, as in this case. Residents of the neighborhood in which the crash occurred said speeding has long been an issue. They have been calling for the City of Hickory Hills to put in speed bumps to improve safety in the area.
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