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Single-vehicle crash kills 3 passengers

A single-vehicle car accident that occurred on Jan. 17 left three Illinois residents dead and one person with serious injuries. The accident occurred on the Eisenhower Expressway near Western Avenue in Chicago at about 2:15 a.m.

Illinois State Police said that a 2012 Buick was traveling west when the driver lost control, causing the vehicle to leave the road. It traveled up the embankment and then collided with a utility pole. Investigators stated that alcohol may have been a factor in the accident. The crash caused all outbound lanes to be closed, though they were reopened several hours later.

The driver, identified as a 42-year-old Chicago man, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries. He was transported to a hospital for treatment. A 29-year-old female front seat passenger and a 41-year-old man who was sitting in one of the back seats were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. A 42-year-old Chicago man who was sitting in the other back seat was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

If a drunk driver causes a car accident, others who become involved can suffer serious injuries or even die. When a family loses a loved one in such an accident, they are often faced with severe financial challenges, including funeral expenses as well as somehow replacing the contributions to the household budget that the decedent had been making. A wrongful death lawsuit filed with the assistance of a lawyer against the negligent driver could seek compensation for these and other losses.

Source: Chicago Sun Times, "3 dead, 1 seriously injured in Eisenhower crash", Ashlee Rezin, Jan. 17, 2017

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