In some ways, it seems counterintuitive whenever a motor vehicle strikes a pole in Illinois. After all, the pole is either on the side of the road or in a raised median – so how could a vehicle possibly make contact with it? The answer, of course, can involve factors like slick roadways, decreased visibility, mechanical failure, and evasive action taken to avoid a collision with a pedestrian or another vehicle. But one of the most frequently-cited aspects of car-pole accidents is alcohol.
That appears to relevant in a single-car crash in Avondale last week. Early Friday morning shortly after 2:45am, a 1995 Honda Accord was driving near the intersection of Elston and Kedzie Avenues, which is about a half mile north of the Kennedy Expressway and about a quarter mile west of Addison Mall. For some as-yet undetermined reason, the car left the roadway and slammed into a light pole. The vehicle was wrapped around the pole so severely that the four occupants had to be extricated from the car by firefighters.
A 22-year old male passenger and a 26-year old female passenger sustained head and leg injuries, while an 18-year old woman suffered head injuries. The 21-year old man behind the wheel of the Accord is thought to have been under the influence of alcohol (and possibly narcotics).
Based on the information in the report, it appears that the 21-year old will be held primarily or solely responsible for the auto accident and the injuries to the passengers. So if they want to, the three victims can choose to file personal injury lawsuits against the driver of the Accord. These suits could allow the plaintiffs to collect reimbursement for ambulance charges, treatment costs, medication expenses, and even physical therapy sessions. They may also be entitled to unearned wages from time missed at work, and/or monetary damages for pain and suffering.