In the vast majority of single-vehicle auto accidents in Illinois, the fault can be placed squarely on the shoulders of the driver. When two vehicles collide with one another, one or both of the drivers can be held accountable in the incident. That means that there are several scenarios that can result regarding which drivers and passengers are entitled to damages in any personal injury lawsuit.
But when three vehicles are involved in a auto accident, there can be many different outcomes in terms of who is responsible and who can collect reimbursement for injuries. This enigma is muddied further when someone dies as a result of the crash.
Such was the case in the Cook County village of Bridgeview this week. On Monday afternoon around 4:15pm, three vehicles were involved in an auto accident. The incident took place at the intersection of 87th Street and 78th Avenue, which is a few hundred yards west of the Tri-State Tollway. At least one person from each car sustained injuries, and a total of five people were taken to area hospitals. Another person, a 22-year old Bridgeview woman, died at Oak Lawn’s Christ Medical Center less than 45 minutes later.
Bridgview police are still investigating the auto accident to figure out how it happened and who might be at fault. If one driver is found to be responsible for causing the accident, he or she could be named as a defendant in personal injury lawsuits filed by the injured victims, as well as in any wrongful death lawsuit which could be filed by the family members of the woman who died. If the blame is shared by two or three drivers, then the defendants would theoretically split any damages to be paid according to the percentage of fault as determined by a court. But if the 22-year old was driving one of the cars and was found to have caused the wreck, her estate could become the target of those personal injury lawsuits.