Statistics indicate that the chances of being involved in a fatal auto accident increase dramatically if you choose to drive at night. One of the main reasons for this has to do with the higher numbers of drunk and drowsy drivers on the road at night throughout the state of Illinois. But another cause of overnight crashes stems from the lack of visibility, which may make it more difficult to gauge distances between vehicles. This is especially true when one vehicle attempts to pass another.
It was this inability to successfully pass a vehicle that led to the death of a man over the weekend in Chicago. Around 3:45am Sunday morning, a Toyota was traveling west on Belmont Avenue in the Kilbourn Park neighborhood of Chicago’s Northwest Side. This stretch of Belmont has only one lane of travel in each direction. The Toyota tried to pass another westbound car between Kilpatrick and Keating Avenues, but instead smashed head-on into a Honda traveling eastbound. The 59-year old male driver of the Honda was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital about three hours later.
Even though the investigation by Chicago Police is continuing and no citations have been issued as of yet, it appears that the man who drove the Toyota will be held liable for the auto accident and the resulting death of the Honda driver. That means that the family members of the 59-year old could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the Toyota. This lawsuit could result in damages being awarded by a jury for loss of care and companionship as well as mental anguish. The defendant may be ordered to reimburse the victim’s family for hospital costs and burial expenses, and may also have to provide compensation for any future wages the 59-year old would have earned in his lifetime.