Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive is a well-traveled thoroughfare by both vehicles and pedestrians alike. That’s why city officials have done all that they can to prevent lake shore drive crashes from taking place. But despite all of their efforts, motorists still manage to get into serious crashes.
One such collision occurred over the weekend after the popular Air & Water Show, which displays many different types of boats and planes. On Saturday evening shortly after 6pm, a woman and her son were driving home from the show on the northbound side of Lake Shore Drive. Somehow, her car crossed traffic into the southbound lanes just north of Montrose (near Cricket Hill) and struck another vehicle. A third vehicle was also involved in the crash. One person in each of the southbound vehicles sustained injuries and had to be taken to nearby hospitals. But the 39-year old mother and her 6-year old son, who lived in the Far North Side neighborhood of Rogers Park, both died as a result of the collision.
From the information we know, it appears that the Lake Shore Drive crash was precipitated by the woman crossing into oncoming traffic, even though it’s unclear precisely how that occurred. That would make the accident primarily or completely her fault. If investigators confirm that hypothesis, then her surviving family members would probably not be successful if they were to file a wrongful death lawsuit against either of the other drivers. Furthermore, the two injured individuals have strong grounds to file personal injury lawsuits against the estate of the 39-year old woman. Though such an act may seem insensitive, it is important to keep in mind that the two hospitalized victims would not have incurred medical expenses and endured pain (and possibly even missed work) had the Chicago auto accident not occurred. In cases like these it’s important to speak with an experienced Illinois car accident lawyer.