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Driver survived fatal accident that claimed 3 Illinois lives

A Chicago man survived a horrific crash that killed three passengers and hospitalized a fourth. Investigators in a nearby state said no other vehicles were involved in the Interstate 80-94 crash. The fatal accident happened in the early morning hours of a recent Sunday.

State police reported that the 22-year-old driver lost control of a Dodge Avenger after passing a tractor-trailer. The single vehicle overturned after slamming into a concrete barrier and landed on a wall. The car split in half as it struck an overhead sign pole and briefly caught fire – passersby put the fire out.

A 21-year-old Markham woman, a passenger in the front seat, and two, male backseat passengers, 20- and 21-year-old residents of Calumet City, died from injuries received in the fatal car crash. The female died at the scene after being thrown from the Dodge Avenger. A third male in the back of the car, a 22-year-old West Coast resident, was eventually transferred to a Chicago hospital with unidentified injuries.

State police investigators had not filed any charges for the crash at the time authorities issued a press release. Reports gave no indication what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

The loss of a child of any age can be devastating to parents. An accidental death is an unexpected shock. Parents also may be financially unprepared for the costs associated with a child's death including medical, funeral and burial expenses.

Wrongful death lawsuits are filed by the estate representatives of accident victims on behalf of beneficiaries. Compensation is predominantly for surviving parents, spouses and children.

A wrongful death action alleges that the actions of a defendant – in many cases, a negligent driver – were careless, reckless or intentional. A plaintiff who shows this to be true may be awarded compensation to cover losses, including the damages mentioned previously plus others, when applicable.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "3 south suburban residents killed in crash on I-80/94" Feb. 08, 2015

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