New Year’s Day is a time of hope for people across Illinois and around the country. On this holiday, people are encouraged to pause and reflect on all of the possibilities and opportunities that the new year will bring. Unfortunately, one woman started this year off as a victim of a tragedy – and a man didn’t live to see the first afternoon of 2013.
On January 1st shortly before 10am, two cars were traveling in opposite directions on East 100th Street on the Far South Side of Chicago, just west of the Chicago Skyway (also known as Interstate 90). The two cars drove onto a bridge that spans the Calumet River; and according to police, one of the cars apparently crossed the center line and struck the other one head-on. A 50-year old woman was rushed to a nearby hospital in serious condition. But a 31-year old Schaumburg man died from his injuries at a different hospital less than half an hour later.
If the Chicago Police Major Accidents Unit concludes that the woman was at fault in the New Year’s Day auto accident, then the surviving family members of the 31-year old man could file a wrongful death lawsuit against her. This suit could allow the plaintiffs to collect reimbursement for hospital and burial expenses, monetary damages for mental anguish and loss of care or companionship, and compensation for estimated future wages that the Schaumburg man would have earned in his lifetime.
But if the man is found to be responsible for the head-on collision, the 50-year old woman could file an Illinois personal injury lawsuit against his estate. In this case, she may be able to collect reimbursement for her medical care expenses, compensation for missed work due to the accident, and possibly monetary damages for pain and suffering.