It’s sad to say, but arrests for driving under the influence in Illinois are not all that uncommon. In fact, one of the major causes of auto accidents in the state is the presence of an impaired driver. That said, it’s still rare whenever a two-vehicle crash occurs in which both drivers are slapped with DUIs.
That’s exactly what happened this weekend on a Chicago freeway. Early Saturday morning, a Mercury was stalled in an inbound lane of traffic on the Stevenson Expressway near Loomis Street when it was rear-ended by a Scion. The 21-year old woman behind the wheel of the Mercury and her 24-year old passenger had to be rushed to a nearby hospital, with the passenger reportedly in serious condition.
When Chicago Police arrived on the scene, they determined that both the 21-year old woman and the 24-year old man driving the Scion were impaired, so both drivers were cited for DUI. Police are still not sure why the Mercury was stalled in the middle of the freeway.
Because this case is so unusual, it’s really not clear which of the two drivers will be held accountable for the auto accident. This is important because it will establish against whom the injured passenger could file a personal injury lawsuit in order to collect reimbursement for medical expenses, lost wages from work absenteeism, and perhaps even monetary damages for pain and suffering.
There’s a reasonable chance that both drivers will share some liability in the crash. In this instance, whatever amount of money the injured passenger is owed would be split up by the two defendants based on the proportion of fault. For example, if the investigation determines that the Scion driver was 70% at fault and the 21-year old woman 30%, then 70% of the damages awarded would come from the man who drove the Scion.