Authorities say that four people were injured and a man died after a two-vehicle accident in the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway on April 26. The car accident occurred near 26th Street at around 3:30 a.m., according to the Illinois State Police.
A preliminary investigation shows that a car might have stalled on the expressway and was immobile when another vehicle struck it from behind, police said. Emergency responders transported a 32-year-old man from the stopped car to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, where he reportedly passed away just after 4 a.m. Among the injured, one refused to be taken to a hospital, while another was transported to Mercy Hospital in fair-to-serious condition. Emergency responders transported two others to hospitals in serious-to-critical condition, authorities said.
It is unclear whether police have charged or issued citations to anybody in relation to this incident. However, if police were to determine that the driver of the car that struck the immobile vehicle is at fault for this car accident, the surviving family members of the decedent may be entitled to compensation via a wrongful death claim. If successful, they may be awarded compensation for the hospital expenses, funeral costs and loss of income directly related to the loss of their loved one. They may also receive compensation for their mental suffering.
Furthermore, those who were injured in the crash might be eligible to receive compensation for the damages they suffered via civil action. Pursuing a successful personal injury claim against the party responsible for the accident may help the injured pay for the medical aid that they received, as well as for lost earnings if they could not work due to their injuries.
Source: Chicago Tribune, ‘Dan Ryan lanes reopened after fatal early-morning crash,” Adam Sege, April 27, 2014
Source: NBC Chicago, “One Dead, Four Injured in Crash on Dan Ryan Expressway“, April 27, 2014