There are certain precautions that drivers can take to avoid being victimized in an Illinois auto accident. They can obey all traffic laws and speed limits. They can abstain from alcohol, illicit drugs, and even certain prescription medications before getting behind the wheel. And they can maintain a safe driving distance between their car and those in front of them.
But sometimes, even when all of those safety measures are in place, drivers can still get struck by another vehicle through no fault of their own.
That appears to be what happened to man who was driving in Will County this week. On Monday morning just before 6am, a man was driving his Kia westbound on State Route 126 (also known as Lockport Street) about a mile past Plainfield. Up in front of him was a Mercury which accidentally drifted into the eastbound lane of traffic. The Mercury struck an oncoming box truck, which swerved into the south ditch and then back onto the roadway, where it collided with the Kia.
The man driving the Mercury was pronounced dead upon arrival at an Aurora hospital, while the two men in the box truck were unhurt. But the Kia’s driver was injured enough to be transported to a Joliet hospital.
Investigators are still looking into the Illinois auto accident, but it appears that because the Mercury driver was the catalyst for the initial collision, he will ultimately be held responsible for the damage to the box truck and the Kia as well as the injuries to the Kia’s driver. Even though he died in the collision, his estate could be named as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit filed by the man in the Kia.
It’s possible that authorities may conclude that the box truck’s driver should have been in control enough to avoid the Kia; if that turns out to be the case, then he may be saddled with a portion of the blame.