When driving in an urban setting, there are lots of potential hazards that are present on the roadways. These may include potholes, road debris, oblivious pedestrians, bicycles, and of course other vehicles. But light poles aren’t usually high on the list of things that are liable to jump out at you while driving.
Nevertheless, there were two different Illinois auto accidents involving light poles on Chicago’s Southwest Side in the span of less than four days. The first crash took place early Sunday morning around 5:15am. A car reportedly crashed into a light pole near the intersection of Cicero Avenue and 84th Place in the Scottsdale neighborhood a few miles south of Midway Airport. Three occupants of the car were initially reported to be in critical condition, but they were later upgraded to good condition at a nearby hospital.
Then on Tuesday night, a sport utility vehicle slammed into a light pole less than ten miles away. This incident occurred near the intersection of Western Avenue and 31st Street, just north of the Chicago Ship Canal, Richard J. Daley Park, and the Stevenson Expressway. The SUV rolled over onto its roof, and all three adults in the vehicle perished in the crash.
It’s unclear who the drivers were in each of the auto accidents. But two or three of the injury victims could potentially file personal injury lawsuits against the driver of the car that was involved in the weekend incident in order to get reimbursed for medical expenses. And the surviving family members of the two passengers appear to have solid grounds for wrongful death lawsuits against whomever was driving the SUV. These suits could allow the plaintiffs to be reimbursed for burial expenses, compensated for lost future wages, and perhaps even awarded monetary damages for mental anguish and loss of care or companionship.