In Illinois and other states, one of the most common causes of vehicle accidents on two-lane roads is when one vehicle broaches the center line and collides with another one. Most of the time, these are head-on collisions that can cause considerable damage to the vehicles and result in catastrophic or even fatal injuries to the accident victims. Such seems to be the case in a recent crash in Marion County that claimed the life of one person and seriously injured several others.
Details regarding the accident
Sometime close to 11:13 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, a Volkswagen Beetle was heading south along Selmaville Road when it crossed over the center line and collided with Nissan Altima that was heading north. The head-on collision happened near the intersection of Lazy Acre Road. The 43-year-old driver of the Altima, a man from Odin, was killed in the impact. There was reportedly no one else in the car.
The Beetle was driven by an 18-year-old woman. The car also contained two passengers, an adult woman and juvenile female. All three occupants suffered serious injuries in the crash and were transported to a local medical center for treatment. Authorities are still trying to determine why the 18-year-old crossed the center line, causing the crash.
Right to compensation
Should authorities determine the woman was negligent behind the wheel, such as through distraction or intoxication, that information can be used by plaintiffs in any wrongful death or personal injury claims. Surviving family of the deceased victim may choose to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver as well as anyone else who has ownership interest in the car, and the injured parties may pursue personal injury claims. Because of the complexities involved with these types of claims, affected parties will want to work closely with an experienced personal injury attorney in Illinois for assistance.