A head-on collision is arguably the scariest type of auto accident that can happen to a driver. One second you’re driving along like always, and the next you see a vehicle where it isn’t supposed to be, barreling right at you, and you are unable to avoid impacting with it. The combined speed of the two vehicles makes the damage even greater, and you’re left physically (and perhaps emotionally) hurt – or worse.
This horrifying scenario befell three people in Whiteside County in northwest Illinois this week. On Tuesday afternoon shortly after 3:45pm, a car was driving on U.S. Route 30 a few miles west of Morrison. At the intersection of Hillside Road (about seven miles east of the Iowa border), an oncoming vehicle that was being driven by a 22-year old man crossed the center line and slammed into the car. The 22-year old man died from his injuries, and the driver and two other occupants of the other vehicle were rushed to area hospitals.
It appears that the 22-year old man’s actions led to the terrible head-on collision. But even though they survived the auto accident, the three injured people are likely left with physical damage and frayed emotions. That’s why they all have the option to file personal injury lawsuits against the estate of the 22-year old man even though he perished in the crash. Such suits could allow the plaintiffs to collect reimbursement for the potentially expensive medical care they have received and may need in the future. This could include ambulance charges, hospitalization expenses, treatment and procedures, medications, and physical therapy sessions. A jury could also award the plaintiffs monetary damages for the pain and suffering they endured as a result of the collision, as well as any unearned wages from time missed at work due to the crash.