We mentioned how it is now back-to-school season in Illinois. In addition to students and teachers going back to campuses, this also means that parents are also returning to school-related events. One such event was held this week at a high school in Grundy County, but it was marred by a sad incident which took place afterward.
On August 31st around 8:30pm, two women were among a group of parents leaving a school event that was held at the O’Plaine Campus of Warren Township High School in Gurnee. As they were walking across O’Plaine Road south of Grant Avenue, a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am driven by a 24-year old Waukegan woman struck the two women while they were still in a marked crosswalk. The victims, ages 46 and 43, were taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was cited by Gurnee Police for driving too fast for conditions and failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
Although there was construction in the area around the high school, it appears that the Waukegan woman will be held solely responsible for the auto-pedestrian accident unless other information comes to light. That would mean that the two injured women would have solid grounds to file personal injury lawsuits against the Pontiac driver. These suits could help the victims receive reimbursement for the ambulance charges, hospitalization costs, and treatment expenses; as well as for any wages they did not earn at work due to accident-related absenteeism. If the injuries were severe enough, the plaintiffs might also be eligible to get damages for pain and suffering and/or loss of care or companionship.
The only possible way that the driver might not be held fully liable for the injuries to the women is if she could successfully argue that construction, a lack of street markings, and/or inadequate signage were a major factor in the auto-pedestrian accident. Then the construction company and/or the school district might incur some blame.