For people in Illinois, their home is their sanctuary. So they’ll do whatever they can to protect their property – from buying homeowner’s insurance and putting up fences to installing alarm systems and burglar bars. But one calamity that is difficult to guard against for homeowners is an out-of-control car careening into their yard, leaving havoc and destruction in its wake.
That’s what happened in Chicago this week in the Austin neighborhood. On Wednesday afternoon about 4:30pm, a car was traveling north on North Central Avenue just south of West North Avenue when it left the roadway, darted across the front lawn of a home, smashed into a brick front stoop, and ran into a wrought-iron fence. A total of six people, including a 9-year old girl and an 11-year old boy, had to be taken to area hospitals, with some of them in serious-to-critical condition. However, none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.
Chicago Police are still investigating exactly what caused the car to leave the street, and it’s unclear how many of the injured were passengers, bystanders, or residents of the home. But it appears that the car’s driver will be held responsible for the auto accident and the subsequent injuries.
All of the victims (except for the driver, if he or she is among the injured) probably have solid grounds for personal injury lawsuits against the driver – whether they were inside or outside the car. These suits could allow the plaintiffs to receive reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospitalization and/or treatment expenses, medications, follow-up doctor’s visits, and physical therapy sessions. If any of the four adults are unable to work due to their injuries, they may be eligible for unearned wages as well. A jury may even award monetary damages to the plaintiffs for pain and suffering.