Illinois State Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a semi-truck and passenger vehicle in Elwood, Illinois. The collision occurred on southbound Route 53 when the vehicle struck the semi just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. The victim driving the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi was not injured.
A 14-year-old Naperville girl is dead after a fatal motorcycle crash in Will County.
We often think of workplace accidents with regards to machinery incidents, transportation crashes or even construction-related falls. The fatal accidents that involve biological causes are often overlooked, however. Workers may be injured or killed when they encounter wildlife on the job. That is exactly what happened to one Illinois man who drowned after he was attacked by a swan at a pond he was tending. That incident occurred two years ago; now, the man's wife is seeking financial damages in connection with his wrongful death.
Intoxicated drivers, like all negligent individuals, are risk takers with a false sense of security. Think of a time when you and a friend went out to dinner and shared a couple of drinks. No one felt or acted drunk after a few beers, but neither of you knew for sure whether you were capable of driving.
Some DuPage and Will County residents may feel damages awarded by juries are excessive. That belief usually persists until people learn why compensation for negligence is necessary.
The resolution of a liability claim against an out-of-state truck driver and his employer may not come any time soon. The trucker faces criminal and civil charges for the death of an Illinois state trooper in November. A bid to move the wrongful death case out of Madison County recently was denied.