In many cases when a person dies an auto accident he or she is the victim of someone else’s negligent actions. In those situations, the person who is responsible for the death of another person, or persons, is usually held liable and in many cases that person has to pay damages to the victim’s family. However, in some cases, the person responsible for the accident is the one who ends up dying. What happens in these kinds of situations? The answer will depend on several factors.
Recently, a Chicago man was killed after the vehicle he was driving ended up in an accident with another vehicle. According to reports, the 59-year-old driver was attempting to make a U-turn when the other car stuck his vehicle. The 59-year-old man who died also had a passenger with him at the time of the accident, a 51-year-old man. That man was taken to the hospital. Reportedly, the four people riding in the other vehicle were not hurt. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the crash and who was at fault.
If the driver of the second other car committed an infraction when he/she slammed into the car making the U-turn then he/she could be held responsible for the other driver’s death and his passenger’s injuries. That would mean the injured man and the family of the man who died could pursue legal action against the driver of the second car. However, if the man who died was making an illegal U-turn, which subsequently caused the crash, then his estate could be held accountable for any damages or injuries to the people in the second vehicle, as well as for the injuries to the passenger in his own car. Ultimately, authorities will have to determine who is at fault before any of the people involved can pursue legal action.
Any kind of auto accident can be difficult to deal with. No one ever wants to be involved in an accident and suffer any kind of injury. However, accidents happen in Chicago every day and when someone is hurt or killed then seeking compensation through a personal injury lawsuit might be a good move. That’s why if you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident or a loved one has been killed, then it’s in your best interest to speak with an auto accident attorney to determine if a lawsuit is a good idea for you. If you are in this kind of situation then please contact the law offices of Brassfield & Krueger in Rockford, IL today. Call us at 815-315-9845 or click here.
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