Countless people from all over the country flock to Chicago each year for work and play. Most of them have a nice vacation or complete an uneventful business trip. But a few are victimized in motor vehicle accidents and suffer injuries or even die. It is important to remember that these non-Illinois residents have the same rights to compensation as accident victims who live within the state.
This weekend, an out-of-state pedestrian was struck and killed by a Chicago driver. Early Saturday morning around 1:15am, the 45-year old man was driving a Cadillac Seville northbound on Lakeshore Drive. At Monroe Drive, the car hit a 50-year old man from Redmond, Washington who was crossing Lakeshore Drive from west to east. The victim died 12 minutes later at a nearby hospital.
The driver was arrested by Chicago Police for driving under the influence of alcohol. His blood alcohol content was measured to be .081 about two hours after the crash. Authorities say the suspect and a companion were dancing and drinking at a South Side bar and were traveling to another bar on the North Side when the auto-pedestrian accident occurred. As it turns out, the 45-year old driver was cited for DUI seven years ago; but the case was later dropped.
Regardless of the outcome of the criminal proceedings, family members of the 50-year old victim have a strong case for a wrongful death lawsuit against the Seville driver. They could engage the services of an Illinois auto accident lawyer and file the suit in hopes of collecting damages relating to medical and burial cost reimbursement, lost future wages, pain and anguish, and/or loss of care and companionship. It is also possible that a jury could award punitive damages to the plaintiff, given the fact that the defendant had been cited for drunk driving previously.