A tragic accident on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive early this morning left one driver dead and at least three others hospitalized. Shortly before 3:00 a.m. a 26 year-old male drove his car the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive colliding with oncoming traffic. He was killed as a result of the crash and police investigators had not ruled out that alcohol may have been a contributing factor. Three other people had been transported to area hospitals due to their injuries resulting from the car accident.
Under current Illinois law, victims who are injured as a result of another driver’s negligence must file a lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident. If a case is not settled and no lawsuit has been filed before the expiration of that two-year period, the person seeking compensation will be forever barred from bringing their claim.
Additionally, a claimant in Illinois is not able to sue a person who has died directly, however, suit may be brought against a person’s estate. In such cases, it is important not to wait in pursuing a claim because of other deadlines imposed on when a creditor may bring a claim against an estate. It is important for anyone injured by a person who has died to seek advice from an experienced attorney regarding these matters.
Joseph Klest © 2014.