All else being equal, a pedestrian who is struck by a car has a greater chance of suffering injury and/or dying than a person who is inside a vehicle involved in an auto accident. That’s because the makeup of most vehicles provides substantial protection to their occupants in a collision. But sometimes, a single incident takes place where both a pedestrian and a motorist are victimized by another car. And in one such instance in Chicago earlier this month, the pedestrian survived… but the motorist did not.
Around 12:45am on the morning of Monday, July 15, a car was traveling at a high rate of speed in the city’s Sleepy Hollow neighborhood on North Cicero Avenue near the Interstate of the Stevenson Expressway. The car struck one pedestrian and then collided with three other vehicles. The pedestrian and four other people in the victimized cars were injured and rushed to nearby hospitals. But the driver of one of the struck vehicles was killed as the result of the multi-vehicle auto accident. The events which led up to the crash are not clear, but Chicago Police did take the driver of the speeding car into custody.
From the information given, it appears that the suspect will be held primarily or completely responsible for the crash and the casualties that resulted. This means that the four injured motorists and the pedestrian all have solid grounds for personal injury lawsuits against the offending driver. These suits could allow the victims to collect reimbursement for medical expenses, compensation for any time missed at work due to their injuries, and possible even monetary damages for pain and suffering.
In addition, the surviving family members of the deceased driver might file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person who was arrested. A jury could award these plaintiffs monetary damages for loss of care and companionship, reimbursement for burial costs, and estimate future wages that the victim would have earned in his or her lifetime.