Illinois seems to be in the midst of a rash of fatal head-on collisions which have been responsible for the deaths of women. We told you about a head-on collision on Thanksgiving morning in Oregon Illinois which killed two female drivers, as well as a similar crash in Sangamon County near Springfield the following Wednesday which also resulted in the deaths of both women who were driving the vehicles involved. And in Kane County, a Wisconsin woman died last Saturday when she slammed head-on into a Pontiac Grand Am in Kane County after stealing an Acura Integra (the teenage male driver of the other car also died).
Sadly, this trend shows no signs of slowing down. An elderly woman is dead following yet another head-on collision – this time in the Cook County village of Hoffman Estates. Just before 4:15am Wednesday morning, the woman was driving a sedan south on Barrington Road just past West Higgins Road (near Poplar Creek) when it collided with a northbound sport utility vehicle. The woman had to be extricated from the car and transported to a Hoffman Estates hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries about one hour later.
The news article does not state what caused the Illinois auto accident or which vehicle was driving in a lane of oncoming traffic. But if the investigation reveals that the man driving the SUV was at fault, he could be named as the defendant in an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit filed by the surviving family members of the elderly woman. Such proceedings could allow the family to collect reimbursement for hospital and burial expenses, as well as monetary damages for pain and suffering and/or loss of care or companionship. If the victim was still working, her family could also collect the estimated future wages that she would have earned in her lifetime.