Automobile accidents are the leading cause of unintentional deaths in the United States. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute reports that over 32,675 individuals were killed in car accidents in 2014. In Illinois alone, there were 924 auto accident fatalities. These sad statistics indicate that roughly four people each hour lose their lives in traffic accidents. Many such accidents occur due to negligence or recklessness on the part of the at-fault driver. Speeding, distracted driving, drinking while driving, and failure to obey traffic signals are all common and preventable causes of fatal accidents.

At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our Chicago wrongful death attorneys understand that losing a loved one in a preventable accident is one of the most tragic events you could ever experience. Our firm brings our over 45 years of combined experience to assist in your wrongful death case. With our knowledgeable and dedicated legal help, you can achieve justice for the loss of your loved one too soon.

Causes of Fatal Car Accidents

Car accidents can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Fatal car accidents will often involve an element of negligence or recklessness on the part of one or more drivers. Some of the most common causes of fatal car accidents in Illinois include:

  1. Distracted driving: Distracted driving is one of the primary causes of all car accidents. Drivers who talk on the phone, text, email, interact with social media, eat or drive, talk to passengers, or engage in other like distracting behaviors are at significant risk of causing a fatal car accident.
  2. Speeding: We have all likely heard the saying that speed kills and accident statistics will support this phrase. When a driver exceeds the speed limit, he or she places all other road users at considerable risk of serious accidents. Fatalities can occur if a driver hits another vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.
  3. Driving while impaired: Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is extremely dangerous. Drivers who are impaired will lack normal judgment and perception, leading them to speed, disobey traffic signals, drive the wrong way, and engage in a slew of other risky behaviors.

These are just a few causes of fatal car accidents. If you lost a loved one in a car accident involving potential negligence, you could have the right to seek compensation through a wrongful death action filed against the at-fault driver.

Wrongful Death Claims in Illinois

The Illinois Wrongful Death Act is set out in 740 ILCS 180/1. Illinois law states that whenever the death of a person is caused by neglect or a wrongful act, and if death had not occurred then the injured party would have had the right to recover damages, then the individual or company that caused the death shall be liable to an action for damages.

Wrongful death actions must be filed by the personal representative of the deceased individual’s estate. Potential damages in a wrongful death case include damages for grief, mental suffering, sorrow, and financial losses associated with the death. Your wrongful death attorney can provide you with an individualized assessment as to your legal right to recover following the loss of your loved one.

Put Our Over 45 Years of Combined Legal Experience to Work On Your Case!

Fatal car accidents can leave families emotionally and financially distraught. If your loved one has been killed in a car or related traffic accident, our experienced Chicago Wrongful Death Car Accident Attorneys are here to help. Our firm has handled all manner of injury and accident cases, achieving over 40 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced wrongful death lawyers at (312) 422-0506 or by filling out a free contact form online.