Drunk drivers are a menace to Illinois roadways and those throughout the nation. Many families have suffered devastating losses of loved ones in motor vehicle accidents that were entirely preventable were it not for the poor choices of the drivers involved to consume alcohol then get behind the wheel. One person who allegedly made such a choice on a recent Sunday has been deemed responsible in a tragic four-car crash.
Local authorities say they believe the man driving a Chevy sedan was intoxicated when his vehicle veered over the yellow line from the eastbound lane into oncoming traffic. The man was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed when his car slammed into a vehicle in the westbound lane. The impact of the collision sent the two vehicles barreling into other cars that were also on the bridge at the time.
Sadly, a Chicago Fire Department ambulance commander and his wife were in one of those vehicles. Neither of them survived the crash. The commander was well known and greatly respected in his community, which began to collectively grieve its tragic loss as news of the incident reached the commander's family members, friends and co-workers. The couple leaves behind four children and several grandchildren.
Illinois law is powerless to help grieving families replace their loved ones' lives. However, the law does provide opportunity for those who want to file wrongful death claims against those responsible for their losses. In fatal motor vehicle accidents like this one, criminal charges are often filed against drunk drivers, and the evidence of such charges can be used to help wrongful death plaintiffs substantiate their claims.