Remember all those mathematical and scientific formulas you had to memorize when you were in school? Like a2 + b2 = c2? And E = mc2? Or velocity = distance divided by time?
Well, here’s a formula which can be applied to driving in Illinois:
Speed + Darkness + Alcohol = Tragedy
This axiom is “proven” time and again, and another illustration of its accuracy occurred earlier this week in rural Kane County. On Thursday morning shortly after midnight, a 2007 Nissan Altima was traveling at a high rate of speed in the westbound lane of Empire Road near Kingswood Drive about a mile west of Campton Lake. For some unknown reason, the car left the roadway and slammed into a tree. The driver, a 24-year old man Hoffman Estates, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers were hospitalized after the car crash: a 24-year old Carol Stream man who was airlifted to a Downers Grove hospital, and a 25-year old St. Charles man, who was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Geneva. The Kane County Sheriff’s Department said that it believes alcohol played a role in the auto accident.
Unless new information emerges about the cause of the single-vehicle auto accident, it will probably be recorded as one where the deceased driver was at fault. While it’s likely that the two injured passengers were friends or acquaintances of the driver, they are still incurring substantial medical bills which must be paid at some point. So while it may seem somewhat crass, the two survivors can choose to file personal injury lawsuits against the estate of the Hoffman Estates man.
This type of suit can allow plaintiffs to be reimbursed for hospitalization charges, medications, treatments and surgical procedures, and physical therapy sessions. Compensation can also be awarded if the two men miss work and are unable to collect wages.