Construction areas in Illinois often create one or more additional hazards for drivers on the roads. They can force drivers to reduce speed, merge into fewer lanes, take tighter-than-usual curves, navigate heavier-than-normal traffic, and sometimes even stop when directed by a flagman. And even when workers are not present in a construction zone, these locations can still be deadly for motorists – especially if a driver is impaired in some way.
This appears to be what happened earlier this month in Will County. Around 10:30pm on the night of Sunday, September 8, a 34-year old Chicago man was driving a 2006 Land Rover northbound on Illinois 394 in Crete Township about two miles east of Balmoral Park racetrack (and seven miles east of Interstate 57). The vehicle approached a construction zone just past Cottage Grove Road when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The man’s passenger, a 28-year old woman from Addison, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver was arrested on charges that included driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless homicide, failing to report an accident involving injury or death, and others.
It’s readily apparent that the Chicago man will be held completely responsible for the auto accident that resulted in the death of the Addison woman. As a result, the woman’s surviving family members may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the Land Rover. The outcome of this suit is not contingent upon the conviction of the man on any or all of the DUI-related charges he faces.
This lawsuit could allow the family to collect compensation for the estimated future wages that the victim would have earned in her lifetime, as well as reimbursement for burial expenses and monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of care or companionship.