A Chicago family is grieving after their son was killed over the weekend in a tragic drunk driving accident.
The man, a 42-year old father and grandfather, had narrowly escaped serious injury in another Chicago car accident just minutes earlier. State troopers came to his aid following that accident. He sought refuge in the back seat of their squad car in order to stay warm.
The man was on the phone with his girlfriend, asking her to come pick him up, when a drunk driver slammed into the back of the squad car. The man died at the scene; a state trooper suffered personal injury.
The drunk driver had an alleged blood alcohol content of 0.249. He was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence. He is being held on $1 million bond.
Illinois Wrongful Death Lawsuits
In the wake of a fatal traffic accident, families often find themselves wondering how they will carry on without their loved one around. In addition to missing the love, support and compassion that person offered, they may have also relied on their loved one to provide financial support.
Although nothing can undo the damage caused by such a tragic accident, Illinois law is set up to help families achieve a measure of justice.
The families of individuals killed in fatal traffic accidents may be able to bring wrongful death lawsuits to recover financial compensation for their losses. Although the damages available vary from case to case, families are often able to recover for losses including:
- Loss of their loved one's companionship and society
- Loss of their loved one's future earnings
- The grief, sorrow and mental suffering resulting from the loved one's death
- Medical expenses the loved one incurred as a result of the accident
- Reasonable funeral and burial expenses
If your loved one has been killed in a fatal traffic accident, know that you have rights. Talk to a Chicago personal injury attorney who can help you understand your options.
Source: ABC 7, "Family of Man Killed in State Trooper's Car Grieves," Feb. 13, 2012.