Some motor vehicle collisions are more forceful than others. The severity of an auto accident depends on several factors such as speed, angle of impact, and braking distance. Certainly, people can sustain injuries in collisions that are minor. But in some auto accidents, it’s amazing that anyone even survives.
One such Illinois auto accident occurred over the weekend in Kane County. Early Sunday morning around 1am, an 18-year old man was driving a 2003 Chevy Silverado pickup truck on Hastings Street in Elgin about half a mile east of the Fox River and a couple blocks north of U.S. 20. The man ran a stop sign at Liberty Street and T-boned a 1997 Toyota Rav 4 sport utility vehicle. The impact was so strong that the floor of the SUV fell from its chassis. The pickup then struck a fence while the Rav 4 hit a parked car.
Miraculously, no one was killed in the Illinois auto accident, but three men in the SUV had to be taken to an Elgin hospital with injuries. Elgin police discovered that the pickup truck driver had a blood alcohol content of .17, which is more than twice the legal limit in the state of Illinois. He was arrested on felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The injuries to the three men aren’t considered to be life-threatening. But the victims have solid grounds to file personal injury lawsuits against the driver of the pickup. These suits could allow the plaintiffs to collect reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospital costs, and treatment and/or physical therapy expenses. If they have to miss work because of their condition, their lawsuits could compensate them for any unearned wages. In this case, it’s even possible that a jury could award punitive damages to the plaintiffs if the teenager is indeed convicted of DUI.