Many Chicago families head out of state when they hit the road for summer vacation. Technology allows drivers to choose routes and distances, estimate travel times and get directions. No matter how well a trip is planned, a road is unfamiliar until you drive it.
A suburban Chicago teen was declared brain dead after he suffered injuries in an out-of-state crash. The 19-year-old South Elgin man was one of two passengers in a car driven by a male friend, also 19. The trio was headed to the University of Missouri in a Chevrolet Cruze.
A pickup truck broadsided the Chevy as the car driver made a turn at an intersection. The South Elgin teen was sitting behind the driver when the Dodge Dakota slammed into the driver's side of the car. Authorities said the Cruze driver – cited for failing to yield -- apparently pulled into the intersection without realizing cross traffic was not required to stop.
Crews were forced to extricate the Elgin Community College student, who suffered severe brain injuries. The oldest of three brothers was airlifted to a hospital, where he was placed on life support. Doctors declared the teen brain dead two days later.
Attentiveness is hard enough when you travel the same Cook County highways every day, but alertness may be even more important on roads you don't know. Local drivers are aware of "bad" intersections, which is the way state troopers described the place where the teen's fatal accident took place. Drivers on an unknown road don't have the advantage of familiarity.
Wrongful death claims for accident injuries in other states must be in accordance with laws in that state. Chicago lawyers can assist with a liability case when they hold licenses to practice in more than one state. Even without being able to help directly, a local attorney still can help you find the appropriate legal representative.
Source: Kane County Chronicle, "St. Charles North grad dies in Missouri crash‘He was always a good kid’" Brenda Schory, Apr. 17, 2014