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Cause of fatal Antioch car accident still under investigation

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of a fatal collision that occurred between a van and a pickup truck in Antioch early on Feb. 9. The crash, which killed the 45-year-old driver of the truck, occurred just after 10 a.m. that Sunday morning on Illinois Highway 173.

Two nearby motorists stopped and tried to assist the seriously injured truck driver, whose vehicle rolled over after it collided with the van. However, the Waukegan man succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The two people in the van were taken to the hospital for treatment, but their injuries were reportedly not-life threatening.

Early information obtained by law enforcement indicates that the collision occurred near Eagle Ridge Drive when the truck, which was traveling eastbound on Highway 173, crashed into the van, which was driving west on the highway. It was not reported whether road or weather conditions could have been a factor in the collision of the two vehicles traveling in opposite directions. According to the "Lake County News-Sun," Antioch law enforcement officials are still investigating the cause of the crash with the help of the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team.

There are many factors that cause a car accident. It often takes some time for investigators to determine who is at fault and for law enforcement and prosecutors to determine whether criminal charges are in order. Once this information is gathered, family members of victims can consult with a legal professional to determine if they also have a civil case against a driver or anyone else. In addition, an attorney can help determine the appropriate amount of damages to seek to compensate them for expenses, lost wages, emotional distress and other consequences of a fatal crash.

Source: The Chicago Tribune, "Man killed in Antioch crash identified" Lisa Black and Liam Ford, Feb. 10, 2014

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