On September 4th, a total of four cars were involved in a serious crash at the intersection of Monroe and State Streets about a quarter mile west of Michigan Avenue. Witnesses say that a car ran two red lights and was traveling at a high rate of speed just before the wreck. Four adults and two children had to be treated for injuries at area hospitals, though none of those injuries appears to be life-threatening.
Then another person was injured in an accident in the South Loop the following day. Shortly after 1:45pm on Wednesday afternoon, a man in a motorized scooter-wheelchair was struck by a charter bus onSouth Wabash Avenue just south of13th Street. The victim was taken toNorthwesternMemorialHospital, where he is reportedly listed in serious-to-critical condition. There’s no word on how exactly the accident occurred.
Investigations are continuing in both accidents. But unless other evidence emerges, the driver of the red light-running vehicle should be held primarily or solely liable for the multi-vehicle accident. That means that the injured victims (or their parents, in the cases of the two kids) could file personal injury lawsuits against the driver that caused the pileup. In the incident involving the bus, the victim could file a personal injury lawsuit against both the bus driver and his or her employer if it is determined that the bus was at fault.