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Three Things You Need to Know If Your Spouse Was Killed While Waiting for a City Bus

Taking the bus to work in Chicago was not something that you or your husband saw as a risky activity. It was just part of the daily routine. However, the phone call that you got that day was anything but routine. You were quickly told that your husband had been hit by a motor vehicle while he was waiting at the bus stop. Whether he died immediately or days after the accident, he is gone. He had so much left to do in his life, and you had so much left to do as a family. You already know that your life will never be the same again, but do you know what to do now?

Three Tips You Should Know

A sudden death is tragic, it is emotional, and it is incredibly difficult. As you mourn your loved one, you may need to pick up the pieces for your family. Accordingly, it is important to:

  • Find out why your spouse died. Who hit your spouse and why? While the police report may be a good place to start answering this question, you may need a more detailed answer than the police can give you. You may need to go through the legal discovery process to find out exactly why the driver hit your spouse.
  • Know that you have a limited time to pursue a financial recovery. Typically, you have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Illinois. However, if it was a city bus or government vehicle that hit your loved one, then the time to file a case may be significantly shorter.
  • Accept help. You don’t have to get through this alone. Your friends, your relatives, and others want to help you. Get the day to day support and the professional advice that you need now.

Nothing will take away the pain, but there are things that you can do to make this time and your future easier, and we hope that these tips help you do just that.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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