There are less than three months remaining in 2012. Most “fourth quarters” are busy in Illinois with holidays and cold weather, but the presidential race (and other elections) will make the next several weeks incredibly eventful. However, at least one county in Illinois had a little excitement in the waning days of the third quarter – with two Illinois auto accidents taking place on the same day… on the same stretch of highway… about 12 miles apart.
One of them happened in Oswego near the intersection of Route 71 and Orchard Road just south of the Fox River. Four cars were involved in the crash last Friday, and a 48-year old Aurora man had to be transported to a nearby hospital. A 51-year old Coal City man was cited by police for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
And around 5:45pm that same day, two cars collided when one of them ran a stop sign in rural Kendall County where Route 71 crosses Millbrook Road about three miles northeast of Newark. A total of three people had to be taken to a hospital in Sandwich with injuries, including two 16-year old girls and a 51-year old Serena woman. One of the teens was cited with failing to yield at a stop sign.
Additional details concerning both auto accidents aren’t available; but based on what we know, it appears that the 51-year old man and the 16-year old driver will likely be held responsible for their respective crashes and the victims’ injuries. So the Aurora man can file a personal injury lawsuit against the Coal City man, and the Serena woman can do the same against the teen driver (because she is a minor, her parents would be named as defendants in the suit). These lawsuits can allow the plaintiffs to get reimbursed for medical expenses and compensated for lost wages from missed time at work – and possibly even awarded damages for pain and suffering.