A Sugar Grove resident who was injured along with her children in a June 2014 car accident has filed an Illinois personal injury lawsuit against the city of Geneva, Illinois, as well as the estate of the deceased man who was driving the 2001 Ford Taurus involved in the accident, which was owned by the city. According to a local news source, it is not currently known if the man was working when the accident occurred, although the plaintiff has likely named the City as a defendant with hopes they can be held legally responsible for her and her children's injuries.
How Did the Crash Occur?
The lawsuit alleges that on June 12, 2014, the city employee was speeding on the exit ramp from Interstate 88 to Route 47 in Sugar Grove and then ran a stop sign and failed to yield, resulting in his vehicle crashing into the woman's 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. She had two children in the car at the time.
The city employee was killed in the collision, and the three occupants of the SUV were hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening. The woman's lawsuit seeks damages from Geneva as well as the employeeâs estate to compensate her for severe and permanent personal injuries, medical expenses, and an inability to attend to her ordinary affairs and duties.
When a Negligent Driver Is Killed in an Accident, Other Victims Can Still Seek Compensation for Damages
It's not often easy to sort out responsibility and liability in the aftermath of a Chicago car accident, especially when one or more of the drivers or passengers involved in the crash is seriously injured or killed. It can be especially difficult for accident victims who suffer minor or moderate injuries to seek compensation from an at-fault driver who was seriously injured or killed in the crash.
Illinois car insurance laws require drivers to have valid liability and personal injury protection coverage on vehicles driven on public roads. If an insured driver is killed in an accident that they were partially or wholly responsible for, their auto insurance may cover damages caused by the driver's negligence. If the at-fault driver was not covered at the time of the accident and is killed, other victims can seek damages from his or her estate and possibly their own insurance company, depending on their own coverage.
Have You Been in an Illinois Accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Illinois car accident, the experienced Illinois personal injury attorneys with the Cavanagh Law Group want to hear about what happened. Our dedicated accident lawyers have represented thousands of victims in nearly every type of injury case, and our clients have confidence in our representation. At the Cavanagh Law Group, we represent clients in most personal injury and wrongful death cases, including those arising out of car accidents. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.