When you think about Illinois counties that experience auto accidents in bunches, the first one you think of is Cook County simply because of the frequent traffic congestion in and around Chicago. After that, you might identify DuPage, Lake, or Will Counties because they are full of populous Chicago suburbs. Sangamon County might also come to mind because it’s home to Springfield, which is a busy capital city; or you might point to Champaign County which is home to the University of Illinois which has a lot of young (and inexperienced) drivers on the roads.
But you wouldn’t necessarily think about Winnebago County as a place for clusters of accidents. However, there were a couple of weekend injury crashes there within 24 hours earlier this month.
On Saturday, September 7 shortly before 12:45pm, a car was traveling west on Illinois 173, which runs along the northern border of Rock Cut State Park in Machesney Park (between Illinois 251 and the Jane Addams Memorial Toll Road). But another car heading east crossed over the center line and slammed head-on into the westbound car and injuring its female driver. The victim was airlifted to a hospital with a head injury, and a passenger in the eastbound car was also hurt.
Then around 12:30pm on Sunday, September 8, a two-vehicle collision occurred northwest of Rockford. A man riding a motorcycle with his wife as a passenger was traveling east on Kilburn Avenue when it crashed into a jeep that was driving south on North Meridian Road, injuring both motorcyclists. Authorities say that one of the drivers ran a stop sign, though they aren’t yet sure which one was at fault.
The female driver in the Machesney Park auto accident appears to have solid grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the car that caused the head-on collision. If the jeep driver is found to have run the stop sign, both motorcyclists could file similar suits against him.