Head-on collisions are some of the scariest and most devastating auto accidents that can occur in Illinois. In the best of scenarios, the speeds of the vehicles involved will be low and/or the point of impact might be glancing enough to avoid major injuries to occupants. But more often than not, speeds are high enough to result in major casualties even in the sturdiest of vehicles. It’s even more tragic when someone dies in this type of crash.
But that isn’t the most horrific outcome. The worst case scenario is when a head-on collision decimates an entire family.
That’s what happened in a tragic wreck in Aurora earlier this month. Shortly after 11:45pm on the night of Sunday, October 13, a 2006 Chrysler minivan was driving south on Broadway paralleling the Fox River. Just past Hazel Avenue, a northbound 2007 Dodge Charger slammed head-on into the minivan, killing the car’s 28-year old male driver, who was from Aurora.
The crash injured all seven occupants of the minivan, who belonged to the same family. A 57-year old woman and a 77-year old woman, both from Montgomery, died from their injuries. Also severely injured were a 40-year old man, a 17-year old girl, and three boys ages nine, ten, and twelve.
It’s unclear exactly which vehicle was at fault in the wreck. But if the Aurora man is found to have crossed into oncoming traffic, he will still be held responsible for the head-on crash and the injuries and deaths of the minivan’s occupants – even though he died in the auto accident. That means that his estate can still be named in civil lawsuits related to the incident. The 40-year old man and the parents of the children could file personal injury lawsuits against the Charger driver’s estate, and the surviving relatives of the two Montgomery women could also file wrongful death lawsuits against the same defendant.