Personal injury is often a fact of life, and one of the few comforts is a court’s ability to assign liability if the pain and damage is someone else’s fault. This pain can be great and seemingly beyond relief if someone’s death may have been someone else’s fault.
A well-known example of reckless behavior leading to a wrongful death is a crash caused by a driver who did not stay at the scene to help. A man is facing criminal charges after his alleged involvement in the traffic death of a 31-year-old man in Joliet. The victim was on his way home from an overnight work shift when a tractor-trailer apparently sideswiped his car and failed to stop afterward.
Another vehicle later struck his car, and the victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The suspect is charged with failure to report an accident involving injury and death, as well as failure to stop after an accident involving injury and death. Both are considered felonies under Illinois law.
A lawsuit can be brought in civil court for financial damages regardless of criminal charges regarding a wrongful death. These damages can include the actual costs related to an accident as well as compensation for loss of income or companionship following a tragic loss.
Financial settlements or judgments can never replace a life, especially when a family is left wanting at a time when they should be allowed to focus on mourning and recovery. A personal injury attorney can examine the particulars of an accident on the road, in a business or other environments where people may expect guarantees for their safety.