An 81-year-old man is dead following a head-on collision with a pickup truck in north suburban Mundelein, IL.
Deadly Accident Remains Under Investigation
The fatal head-on collision took place at the intersection of Route 176 and Route 60-83 at approximately 8:35 a.m. on April 28, 2020. At that time, the unidentified 81-year-old man was driving a Hummer when he collided head on with another male driver operating a pickup truck.
According to Mundelein Police Commander Gary DuHamel, the head-on collision was “intersection-related,” though he declined to release additional details about the incident until an investigation was completed by the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team.
Both drivers were transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in nearby Libertyville, where the elderly motorist passed away.
Head-On Collisions Especially Dangerous
When two motor vehicles strike each other head on, their respective speeds can combine to create an exceptionally powerful impact, one that may inflict serious injuries or even death. As a result, head-on collisions are involved in a disproportionate number of deadly roadway incidents. According to the Insurance Information Institute, while only 2.3 percent of auto accidents involve head-on impacts, they account for approximately 10.2 percent of total driving fatalities.
The heightened fatality rate for head-on collisions stems from the fact that the relative velocity of the vehicles is significantly higher. A head-on collision between two vehicles moving at 50 miles per hour is equivalent to one vehicle crashing into a stationary object at 100 miles per hour, resulting in a much greater impact.
Have You Been Injured in a Head-On Collision?
Obtaining fair financial compensation for injuries sustained in a head-on collision can be especially challenging because one must demonstrate negligence on the part of another driver. For any successful auto injury claim, the plaintiff needs to prove that the other driver owed a duty of care, breached that duty, and caused the crash, thereby inflicting damages.
Because the sheer force of the impact from two vehicles colliding head on can send them spinning off into different directions before coming to rest in positions that do not reflect the nature of the impact, establishing liability in a head-on collision can be more difficult. In certain cases, it might be necessary to consult a forensic engineer or an accident reconstruction specialist to determine what exactly happened based on skid marks, debris patterns, and other evidence.
To help overcome these obstacles, many head-on collision victims have sought out the assistance of the car accident attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC.
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