Thousands of people are hurt as a result of auto accidents in Illinois every year. In the majority of cases, injuries or deaths occur as a result of the initial impact of a motor vehicle collision. But sometimes, what happens after that can also cause people to get hurt.
Take the case of a two-vehicle accident early Sunday morning in downtown Chicago. An Audi was driving east on Ohio Street at about 4am when it struck a taxicab at the intersection of Wells Street. The cab veered out of control and jumped the curb, striking two pedestrians in the process. The two victims had to be transported to a hospital with injuries (along with the cabdriver). It wasn’t clear if the cab had any passengers at the time of the crash.
Based on this information, it appears that the driver of the Audi will be held liable for the auto-taxi accident. Obviously, that means the Audi driver could be named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed on behalf of the cabdriver (whose injuries would likely be mostly or completely covered under worker’s compensation laws).
But if a subsequent investigation reveals that the Audi driver’s actions directly led to the injuries of the two pedestrians, they could each file personal injury lawsuits. In this scenario, neither the cab company nor the cabdriver would be held responsible for the injuries to the pedestrians.
However, if the results of the crash investigation indicate (or even imply) that the cabdriver could have taken evasive measures to avoid the pedestrians, then the cab company may also be named as a defendant in the pedestrians’ lawsuits. In this case, the cab company would probably only be held partially responsible, and the driver of the Audi would still be primarily responsible. And any damages award ordered by a jury would be distributed proportionally among the defendants.