City dwellers sometimes refer to rural parts of the state as “the middle of nowhere.” But these areas offer several advantages over city life for the people who live and work in rural Illinois. For one thing, there are far less opportunities for traffic accidents simply because there are fewer people, vehicles, and roadway intersections – all of which contribute to the prevalence of collisions in a specific area.
That said, it’s certainly not impossible to be involved in an auto accident in a rural area – even when no one else is around.
This appears to be the case regarding a weekend single-vehicle rollover accident which took place in rural McHenry County earlier this month. Shortly after 3pm on the afternoon of Sunday, July 14, a 1996 Ford Explorer carrying four males was traveling south on Illinois Route 23 about a half mile past Bunker Hill Road (about four miles south of Harvard) when it crossed into the opposite lane, left the east side of the roadway, then crossed back over the highway and left the west side of the roadway. The sport utility vehicle then reportedly rolled over several times before ending up on its roof. The two boys in the rear seat were both ejected from the SUV, while the 20-year old front seat passenger had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters. All four occupants had to be transported to nearby hospitals due to their injuries.
If the subsequent investigation doesn’t reveal any specific outside cause of the auto accident (like an oncoming car crossing the center stripe in front of the SUV, for instance), then the 22-year old driver of the Explorer will be held solely responsible for the rollover accident. This would mean that the 20-year old man and the two minors could file personal injury lawsuits against the driver (although the minors’ parents would actually have to initiate the legal action), because Illinois law states that all drivers are responsible for the safety of their passengers.