We’ve talked about road rage on this blog before. Many of these incidents often end up with those involved either injured or killed. Sometimes, a road rage incident can result in harm to other people who are just minding their own business. And when a handgun is thrown into the mix…
Thankfully, no one was shot in a suspected road rage crash on the West Side of Chicago this weekend. On Sunday shortly after noon, two male drivers reportedly became embroiled in what was referred to as a “domestic dispute.” In the process, they crashed their cars into several vehicles on North Central Avenue near the intersection of West North Avenue. One of the men reportedly grabbed a gun and fired several shots, though no one was hit. However, three adults and three kids had to be taken to area hospitals with serious-to-critical injuries sustained in the Illinois auto accident. Both suspects were taken into custody by Chicago Police.
Should they choose to do so, the injured adults could file personal injury lawsuits against the men involved in the road rage dispute that precipitated the crash. The parents of the three children could also file personal injury lawsuits on their kids’ behalf. The fact that a gun was part of the incident has no direct bearing on the outcome of these lawsuits, since none of the victims was shot.
If these suits are successful, one or both of the defendants could be ordered to reimburse the victims for any medical expenses that were incurred, including ambulance charges, medication costs, and physical therapy sessions. A jury could also award monetary damages for pain and suffering, as well as funds to offset lost wages that might not have been earned if any of the adult defendants missed work due to the Illinois auto accident.