Many deadly auto accidents can happen in an instant in Illinois. After all, it only takes a second for a car to cross the center line of a street or highway and crash head-on into an oncoming vehicle. The same goes for a pickup truck that tries to turn left in front of an oncoming vehicle but doesn’t make it. However, it takes some effort to be involved in a head-on collision on an interstate – or perhaps it only takes an absence of judgment.
We never know exactly what caused a fatal wrong-way auto accident on the Eisenhower Expressway in Cook County earlier this month. Around 2am on the morning of Saturday, September 7th, a 2005 Dodge minivan somehow entered the eastbound lanes of the freeway and began traveling west. Near Harlem Avenue (which is close to the village of Forest Park), a 2001 Ford traveling east carrying three young women saw the wrong-way vehicle and tried to swerve, but couldn’t avoid a collision. The 19-year old driver from Northlake and a 20-year old passenger from Maywood died in the accident, while another 20-year old woman (also from Maywood) was hospitalized with serious injuries. The 20-year old man driving the minivan and another 20-year old man who was in it were both taken to area hospitals as well.
Illinois State Police believe that alcohol may have been involved in the fatal crash. Regardless, the 20-year old male driver will still be held completely responsible for the deaths of the two women and the injury of the third. Therefore, the surviving relatives of the two women who died have solid grounds to file wrongful death lawsuits against the minivan’s driver, and the 20-year old woman who survived can also file a personal injury lawsuit against him. In addition, the 20-year old male passenger in the minivan may also choose to file a personal injury lawsuit as well.