There are plenty of reasons why drivers are unable to see other vehicles in time to avoid a collision. Visibility could be hampered by weather conditions or night skies. Large vehicles like trucks can obscure the view of drivers when turning or changing lanes. And sometimes cars pull out from behind buildings or hedges where sightlines are obstructed.
But none of these reasons appear to be present in a left-turn accident which occurred this past weekend in Springfield – even though the man who caused it claimed to not have seen the other vehicle.
Just before 12:30pm Sunday afternoon, a 45-year old man and his 42-year old wife were driving west on Monroe Street just past Chatham Road. A Pleasant Plains man driving east on Monroe tried to turn left into a parking lot, but struck the married couple’s vehicle as he turned in front of them. The woman and her husband suffered injuries as a result of the collision. The impact of the crash was so great that both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
The Pleasant Plains man told Springfield Police that he did not see the couple’s vehicle when trying to turn left. But the Illinois auto accident occurred in the middle of the day with no inclement weather in the area, and there didn’t appear to be any objects obstructing the man’s view as he drove east on Monroe. And the article made no mention of any other vehicles obstructing the view of the Pleasant Plains man, who was cited by police for failing to yield the right of way.
Therefore, it appears that the man who turned left will be held primarily or solely responsible for the Illinois auto accident. That means he could be named as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit filed by the couple in the future.