Imagine you’re driving along the road in a shopping district located in an Illinois municipality. Chances are, you’re not only trying to drive the speed limit and be aware of traffic signals and signs, but you’re also watching for vehicles turning out of driveways and parking lots in front of you – as well as those who slow down before they switch lanes or turn into a driveway or parking lot. You’re so busy paying attention to common driving obstacles that it’s perfectly understandable if you’re not watching to make sure that oncoming vehicles are staying in their lanes.
A head-on collision occurred in the Kane County city of Batavia, which is also a suburb of Chicago. On Wednesday night just before midnight, a Nissan Rogue was driving south on Randall Road just past Mill Street (about five miles north of the Reagan Memorial Toll Road) when a northbound Honda Odyssey minivan crossed the center line and slammed head-on into the Rogue. One of the two occupants in the Rogue had to be airlifted to a Downers Grove hospital in critical condition, while the other was rushed to a nearby hospital with what were described as non-life threatening injuries. The 43-year old Batavia woman driving the Odyssey was pronounced dead on the scene.
Even though the minivan driver perished in the Batavia car accident, she still can be held responsible for causing the crash and the injuries to the two Rogue occupants. Therefore, if the two injured victims wish to do so, they could file personal injury lawsuits against the Batavia woman’s estate. Even though it may seem somewhat insensitive, the fact is that the Rogue’s occupants would not have had to be subjected to pain, trauma, and physical harm had the minivan driver not caused the Batavia car accident. The plaintiffs could recoup hospital expenses and be compensated for unearned wages due to absenteeism as a result of the crash.