The adverse weather conditions had an effect on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend across Illinois this year. Some residents decided to proceed carefully to various events or gatherings; while others felt it wise to stay off the roads entirely. Unfortunately, one vehicle in Will County was unable to navigate the treacherous roads safely.
Around 1:15pm on the afternoon of Sunday, January 19, a car was traveling south on Illinois Route 52 a couple miles south of Manhattan, which is about eight miles southeast of Joliet. According to reports, the driver lost control of the vehicle on the icy roads, and it slid across traffic into another car. No one in the other car was injured, but a 19-year old man who was a passenger in the out-of-control vehicle was rushed to a hospital in New Lenox with critical injuries. But the 20-year old woman driving the car and a 16-year old female passenger were both pronounced dead at the hospital less than 90 minutes later.
It’s pretty apparent that the fault of the auto accident lies with the 20-year old woman driving the car. Even though she died in the crash, her estate can still be named as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of the teenage girl (since minors cannot file lawsuits in the state of Illinois), as well as in a personal injury lawsuit filed by the injured man.
The plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit could be awarded monetary damages for pain and suffering, reimbursement for hospital and burial costs, and estimated future earnings that the girl would have earned in her adult lifetime. The 19-year old man could receive reimbursement for all of his medical bills and related costs, compensation for any time missed at a job, and monetary damages for pain and suffering.