There are numerous factors which increase the odds of a fatal auto accident. Driving during the early morning hours is one of them. Another is transporting more people in a vehicle than it has seats for. But the most predictive factor of dying in a car crash is drunk driving.
So when you combine these three factors, it shouldn’t be surprising if not everyone survives the crash. Such was the case on the final weekend of July on the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago. Around 4:15am on Sunday, July 29, a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer was driving north in the local lanes of the expressway near Armitage Avenue just west of the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The vehicle lost control and struck a concrete barrier, then spun back across the roadway and struck two vans.
A total of seven people were injured in the auto accident. But one passenger in the Lancer, a 23-year old woman from Medinah, died a couple hours later at a nearby hospital. Authorities say that one of the four passengers in the Lancer had to sit on someone’s lap because there wasn’t enough room for all of them. Illinois State Police arrested the 24-year old male driver of the Lancer and charged him with aggravated driving under the influence after discovering that his blood alcohol content was approximately three times the legal limit in Illinois.
It appears that family members of the Medinah woman have solid grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the DUI suspect, since all drivers are responsible for the safety of their passengers in Illinois. This suit could help reimburse the family for hospital and burial costs, compensate them for the woman’s lost future wages, and possibly even award them damages for pain and suffering and loss of care or companionship. In addition, those who were injured in the wreck could also file personal injury lawsuits against the 24-year old man.