Sometimes, it seems that no matter how clearly the consequences of poor driving are portrayed or explained, there are still some individuals will ignore these warnings and endanger themselves (and others) anyway. Well, here’s one more attempt to show what happens when you cause an auto accident.
You wind up in the hospital for over three weeks. Your passenger dies as the result of injuries sustained in the crash. And you are not only facing criminal charges, but also a potential civil lawsuit.
This scenario is based upon an auto accident that took place last month in Cook County. On Saturday, January 12, a Ford Taurus was driving in the Chicago suburb of Alsip. Around 6am, the car rear-ended an 18-wheeler near the intersection of Cicero Avenue and 128th Street just south of the Tri-State Tollway. Both occupants had to be extricated from the vehicle by first responders. The 32-year old male driver of the Taurus was rushed to an Oak Lawn hospital with injuries and remains there today. The 37-year old woman in the passenger seat was also hospitalized, but she succumbed to her injuries six days later. (The semi truck driver was uninjured.)
Though it’s not exactly clear what specifically caused the rear-end collision, the 32-year has been charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. This means that he will probably be held responsible for the crash and the subsequent death of his passenger. So if her surviving family members want to, they can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the car. This suit could result in a jury ordering the defendant to reimburse the family for hospital and burial charges, pay out monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of care or companionship, and compensate the plaintiffs for the estimated wages the woman would have earned in her lifetime.