There are plenty of rural roads in Illinois. Many times, driving on one of these roads is fairly safe during the day, if there is little traffic around and drivers are traveling at a moderate rate of speed. The danger comes when this rural road intersects with a highway or other thoroughfare with higher speed limits. This is especially true if the highway cross-traffic doesn’t have to stop at a traffic signal or a stop sign.
For rural road drivers, even one mistake or momentary lapse in concentration at this type of intersection can put them squarely in the path of a speeding vehicle.
When this scenario occurred yesterday in unincorporated Kendall County, the results were predictably tragic. Around 3:15pm, a car traveling southbound on Schlapp Road pulled up to an intersection with Route 126 a couple miles south of Oswego and about four miles west of Plainfield. According to Illinois State Police, the car either failed to stop at the stop sign or rolled forward into the intersection, and it was struck by an eastbound 18-wheeler.
The 19-year old driver of the car, his 19-year old male front seat passenger, and an 18-year old woman in the back seat were all killed. The semi actually turned over on its side, injuring the truck driver and spilling its load of sandbags all across the highway.
Based on the information given, it appears that the fault of this horrific truck accident lies with the driver of the car. If this is the case, then the surviving family members of the passengers have the right to file wrongful death lawsuits against the estate of the driver. However, chances are good that the estate of a 19-year old doesn’t have many assets which can be paid to the plaintiffs; so any damages would probably have to come from the driver’s insurance carrier.