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Elgin car crash results in 1 death, 1 serious injury

One man was killed and a woman was seriously injured recently in a two-vehicle crash on Route 20 in Elgin. The car accident occurred on March 10 when a Honda Civic traveling west spun into oncoming traffic on Route 20 near Shales Parkway. The accident closed down Route 20 for several hours while authorities investigated the crash.

The Civic's 24-year-old driver was killed when his vehicle collided with a Mercury Villager. The driver of the Villager, a 31-year-old woman from Elgin, was taken to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries. Authorities said that although she sustained serious injuries, she is expected to survive.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the accident to contact them. In cases in which there was a serious impact on a well-traveled road, it is sometimes difficult for police to be certain of the real cause of the accident. Professional accident investigators are sometimes used to determine exactly what caused a crash, and whether there were influencing factors such as ice or snow or whether the drivers were affected by medical conditions or alcohol or drugs.

Victims who have suffered injuries as well as those who have lost loved ones in a car crash may wish to speak to a personal injury attorney about their cases. Personal injury lawyers may be able to advise victims of their rights and the potential for recovering of damages in a particular case. In some cases, victims or their surviving families are able to recover money for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of loved ones and other expenses or costs associated with a car accident.

Source: The Chicago Tribune, "1 killed, 1 seriously injured in Elgin wreck," Adam Sege, March 11, 2013

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