A two-vehicle car crash near Hillsboro claimed the lives of two people in one vehicle and caused serious injuries to the occupants of the other vehicle. The two survivors ultimately were transported by helicopter to a hospital in Springfield. The accident occurred when the car being driven by one of the people killed in the accident ran a stop sign and struck the other vehicle in the side.While the blame for this car crash obviously lies on the deceased driver, it may not be as easy as you would think for the surviving driver and her passenger (who was a small child) to recover compensation from the deceased driver’s insurance company. In Illinois, there is a statute called the Dead Man’s Act which bars someone from testifying about events that happened in the presence of a dead person when the person testifying has an interest adverse to the deceased person. In short, when you are suing a dead person, you cannot testify about events that happened in the presence of the dead person. In this case, that would bar the occupants of the vehicle that was hit by the deceased driver from testifying about what happened, and without their testimony (since it appears that there were no independent witnesses), proving the fault of the deceased driver may be difficult.The family of the people who survived this accident may wish to hire an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer to represent their interests.