If you have ever been involved in an Illinois auto accident in which you were not injured, you know how such an event can overwhelm you. As you step out of your vehicle to survey the damage, you might be worried about the car repair costs, concerned that someone else may be hurt, and/or anxious about what to do next. Unfortunately, you’re often not thinking about your own safety.
A man was killed on an expressway in DuPage County earlier this week in the wake of the first serious snowfall that the region has experienced this season. The rainy, snowy mix caused many roads and highways in the area to become slick and dangerous. On Monday evening, Illinois State Police reported all lanes of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway between Gary Road and Roselle Street had to be shut down by 11pm due to auto accidents. One of those crashes involved a 57-year old Hanover Park man. According to reports, the man exited his car to check out the damage when he was struck by another vehicle. He was rushed to Alexian Brothers Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries early Tuesday morning.
The exact details about what led to the man’s death have not yet been determined, but it’s quite possible that the driver of the vehicle which struck the 57-year old man will be held partially or fully responsible for the victim’s death. As a result, the surviving family members of the Hanover Park man may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver in question. The plaintiffs could conceivably collect reimbursement for hospital and burial expenses, compensation for the wages the victim would have earned in his lifetime had he not died in the illinois auto accident, and monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of companionship or care.