When an accident causes a serious injury or death in Chicago, police concentrate on whether a crime has been committed. Investigations are closed, if no foul play is found. Law enforcers find or eliminate wrongdoing, but criminal and civil cases are different.
Answers can be elusive for Cook County families who've lost someone they love in a preventable car accident. Questions starting with "Why?" may be painfully unresolved for widowed spouses, children and parents. Some emotional and financial relief is possible when a criminal court reaches a guilty verdict and a civil jury awards damages.
Even when a motor vehicle accident is traced to a mechanical defect, the true reason for a crash is human error. People design vehicles, the machines that make them and the technology that goes into them. Humans are also responsible for the maintenance and safe operation of vehicles.
A traffic accident involving severe physical injuries or deaths quickly and dramatically affects the lives of many people. A victim's suffering is shared by family members, friends and co-workers. A Cook County family's finances can be jolted by a sudden and indefinite or permanent loss of income.