Weekends are common times when people in Illinois enjoy consuming alcohol. This may be especially true for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, when people across the state like to gather for parties and congregate at public events to relax and unwind. However, drinking about an hour after sunrise on a Sunday morning is pretty unusual, and may signify a problem with alcoholism – especially if this activity is undertaken while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Alcohol reportedly appears to have been a factor in a deadly auto accident in Cook County over the weekend. Shortly before 7am Sunday morning, a 2004 Hyundai was traveling southbound on I-94 in Dolton, which is a couple miles southwest of Lake Calumet. The Illinois State Police says that a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro collided with the Hyundai, causing it to careen into a concrete wall. The driver of the Hyundai, a 60-year old man from Bartlett, died as a result of the crash.
Unless there are other factors that have not been reported, it appears that the 40-year old male driver of the Camaro (who sustained only minor injuries) will be held liable for the death of the Hyundai driver. This means that the surviving family members of the Bartlett man could choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Camaro driver. This type of lawsuit could compensate the family for any future wages that the victim would have earned had he not been involved in the I-94 auto accident. The plaintiffs could also receive damages for loss of care and companionship as well as mental anguish – and they could get reimbursed for any monies spent on burial and/or funeral services. It is also possible that the defendant may be ordered to pay punitive damages if he is convicted of driving under the influence.