Many people choose to move out of big Illinois cities like Chicago or Springfield into the suburbs. Reasons given include cheaper housing, more open spaces, and a better quality of life. It’s also believed that there are fewer auto accidents in the suburbs than in the big city. But this last opinion was challenged earlier this month when two injury collisions occurred in Batavia within five days – at the very same intersection.
The first one took place on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 4. Shortly before 3:30pm, two pickup trucks collided at the intersection of West Fabyan Parkway and North Batavia Avenue, just west of the Fox River in northern Batavia. Police say that a GMC Sierra driven by a 33-year old Montgomery man struck a Honda Ridgeline in the intersection. The Ridgeline’s driver, a 31-year old Aurora woman, had to be transported to a Geneva hospital due to her injuries. The man was cited for failing to yield.
Then a similar incident occurred on the evening on Monday, December 9 at the same spot. A Honda Accord driven by a 21-year old St. Charles man struck a Ford Edge at the intersection, and the 55-year old Sugar Grove woman who was driving the sport utility vehicle had to be taken to that same Geneva hospital. The young man was ticketed for failure to yield while turning left.
In both cases, it’s pretty clear that the male drivers will be held responsible for their respective auto accidents, as well as for the injuries to the two injured women. Therefore, the Aurora woman and the Sugar Grove woman have solid grounds to file personal injury lawsuits against the Montgomery man and the St. Charles man, respectively with the goal of receiving reimbursement for medical expenses, compensation for unearned wages due to work absenteeism, and perhaps monetary damages for pain and suffering.