Driving on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago involves the complete concentration of all drivers. If a driver takes his or her mind or eyes off the road for even a second, an accident can occur. The same is true for drivers who try to make lane changes to take an exit or pass other vehicles. Sadly, a driver trying to avoid missing the 71st street exit ended up killing an off-duty Chicago Police Officer.
The fatal accident happened when a man driving a Pontiac coup tried to make a sudden lane change to get onto the exit. He cut off the motorcycle that the off-duty cop was driving. The off-duty cop wasn't able to avoid the car and slammed right into it. The cop was taken to a hospital, but he succumbed to the injuries he suffered in the accident.
The family of this officer, who had joined the force in May of last year, is now left to cope with the emotional pain of his death. They might also be dealing with the financial impact of losing him. While the fact that the Pontiac driver has been cited with no valid insurance and improper lane usage might give them some satisfaction, that likely won't help them deal with the turmoil surrounding their loss.
People who lose a loved one because of a driver who does as this driver did have the right to seek justice in the form of compensation for their loved one's death. Knowing how to file for compensation in the Cook County Circuit Court might make getting the process going a little easier.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Citations issued in Dan Ryan accident that killed off-duty CPD officer" Carlos Sadovi, Jul. 20, 2014