Illinois can experience a wide range of weather patterns. There can be driving rain, pelting hail, heavy snow, frigid ice or sleet, high winds, and even the occasional tornado. But Mother Nature cannot be held officially responsible for the injuries or deaths sustained in an auto accident; that designation usually lies with one or more drivers. The same principle applies even when the weather is sunny.
It was under these “ideal” conditions that an injury crash took place late last month in Menard County. Shortly after 5pm on the evening of Monday, October 28, a Chevy Silverado pickup truck was traveling north on Illinois 29 about 2 1/2 miles south of Greenview (or about 16 miles north of Springfield). The 58-year old Williamsville man driving the truck attempted to make a left turn onto Jellystone Avenue. But he told Illinois State Police that he was “blinded by the sun” and did not see a Ford Mustang that was traveling southbound on the highway. As the pickup truck was turning left, the car struck the truck’s passenger side before careening off the roadway and into a utility pole. The 50-year old woman who was driving the Mustang had to be taken to a Springfield hospital due to her injuries.
The Williamsville man was cited by ISP for making an improper turn, and he will almost certainly be held completely liable for the auto accident and the injuries to the Springfield woman. That’s because just like in inclement weather, no driver can use blinding sun as an excuse for causing a collision.
Should she wish to do so, the 50-year old woman could file a personal injury lawsuit against the 58-year old man. Through this lawsuit, she could receive reimbursement for medical expenses, compensation for lost wages due to work absenteeism, and even monetary damages for pain and suffering.