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Illinois car wreck leads to fatal personal injury for victims

A car accident can happen just about anywhere and at any time. In many cases, individuals can suffer personal injury or even death because of the negligence of another driver. That is what happened recently to two men from Belleville on Illinois 15 recently.

The victims of the fatal car accident were riding in a car on the highway around 12:45 a.m. when their vehicle was struck by a pickup truck traveling in the wrong direction. Authorities say the man driving the pickup had been arrested at least four other times for driving under the influence. They are continuing to investigate this incident, and it remains to be seen if alcohol was a factor. 

The driver accused of causing the crash was injured. He was transported by helicopter to an area hospital for treatment. Further details relating to his medical condition were not reported. 

The surviving family members of the two deceased victims appear to have grounds to pursue wrongful death claims against the wrong-way driver in an Illinois civil court. A successfully presented claim could help the surviving families with expenses such as the cost of funerals, lost income and other damages recognized by applicable laws. Families facing similar circumstances typically find it helpful to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to gather and review the evidence, identify culpable parties and initiate claims in civil court. Nothing can undo a tragedy that has already occurred, but a lawyer can assist a family in pursuing justice and seeking financial relief for all monetary damages sustained.

Source: bnd.com, "Two killed in wrong-way crash on Illinois 15 in Belleville", Kaley Johnson and Beth Hundsdorfer, July 8, 2017

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