The recent extreme cold weather across the northern part of the country has made traveling difficult at times on Illinois roadways. Despite often treacherous weather conditions during winter weather, drivers can be found negligent for not taking proper precaution as needed. One driver faces traffic citations for his involvement in a recent fatal crash on an icy road, and the victims of the crash may benefit from the advice of a personal injury attorney.
The 74-year-old man was operating a pickup truck on an icy road prior to the crash. At this time, it is unknown what events led to the accident, though it has been reported that the driver of the pickup lost control of his vehicle. Unfortunately, he crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and struck a van head-on.
The pickup truck driver and his older passenger were both ejected from the truck as a result of the collision, and both suffered serious injuries. Sadly, the elderly passenger did not survive. The 65-year-old driver of the van and his two passengers were also seriously injured. and they were taken to a nearby medical center for treatment. Their conditions at this time are unknown. The pickup driver has already been issued citations for failure to wear a seat belt, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane usage.
Illinois personal injury attorneys understand that accidents involving multiple injured victims and/or death are sensitive to discuss. Attorneys are experienced with handling difficult conversations with presumed negligent parties and their insurance carriers to help obtain some financial compensation for monetary damages incurred, and attorneys are willing to have conversations about lawsuits in civil court when necessary. Accident victims may sustain significant property damage, and may also need expensive medical care while focused on recovering from serious injuries. In other circumstances, surviving families of deceased accident victims must confront funeral and burial costs, among other financial losses.