In recent years, auto manufacturers have done a good job of making larger vehicles that can carry more people. These vehicles are ideal for large families or drivers who commonly transport several passengers at one time. But there is one downside to these vehicles: when they are involved in an Illinois auto accident, the number of injured occupants can rise as well.
Such was the case in a two-vehicle crash last week in Whiteside County. On Wednesday morning January 13th just before 8am, a vehicle carrying seven passengers was traveling south on Illinois Route 40 several miles north of Sterling. Prior to Capp Road, a northbound vehicle slid on some ice and veered into the southbound lane, where it was struck by the multi-passenger vehicle. The Milledgeville woman driving the southbound vehicle and all seven passengers sustained injuries. A total of five men and three women in that vehicle were hurt, and their ages ranged from 24 to 58.
From the information given, it appears that the 58-year old Rock Falls woman who was driving the northbound car will be held responsible for the auto accident. That means that she could be named as the defendant in up to eight different personal injury lawsuits stemming from the crash. Those lawsuits could permit the plaintiffs to receive reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospital expenses, and other treatment-related costs; as well as compensation for any unearned wages due to time they may have missed (or will miss) from work because of the wreck. It’s also possible that a jury could award monetary damages for pain and suffering or loss of care and companionship to some or all of the plaintiffs if the circumstances warrant.
The chances of personal injury lawsuits being filed as a result of this particular crash are greater than the average accident. That’s because most auto insurance policies have a maximum payout per incident in Illinois of as little as $40,000. And it’s very likely that the combined medical costs of the eight injured individuals will exceed that amount – leaving the victims no recourse but to file a personal injury lawsuit against the Rock Falls woman.
If you or your loved one were involved in this Whiteside County auto accident contact our experienced Illinois auto accident lawyers with any questions you have.