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Woman sued for car crash injuries

A woman who is accused of running a stop sign has been sued by the victims in the resulting crash. Like Wisconsin, Illinois law provides for victims to recover damages in certain cases when a driver has shown negligence in causing a car accident. Both states are considered "liability" states in which victims can file lawsuits against other drivers to recover damages from injuries.

The car crash in question took place when the victim was driving on Illinois Route 13 in October with a male passenger and her three children. She claims that as she crossed the intersection of South 28th Street, the driver ran a stop sign and crashed into her car. All of the car's occupants, including herself, a male passenger and her three minor children, were injured in the crash. The lawsuit claims that the driver was negligent in causing this accident and asks for $250,000 in payment of medical bills, lost wages and other costs.

Victims of car crashes in Wisconsin may be entitled to collect similar damages. While insurance companies often pay sums to victims for medical bills and damage to vehicles, many victims cannot recover other costs without going through the process of filing a lawsuit against the negligent driver. In other cases, drivers may not be insured or may be operating a vehicle illegally, such as with a suspended license or under the influence of alcohol.

Victims in such cases may benefit from the advice and representation of a personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to assist the victims in determining the proper amount to seek in damages as well as negotiating a settlement.

Source: The Madison-St. Clair Record, "Woman accused of running stop sign, causing accident," Andrea Dearden, April 19, 2013

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