On Sunday evening shortly after 10:45pm, a 32-year old man was driving a sport utility vehicle on South Lake Shore Drive in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago. Just south of 47th Street, he slammed into a minivan that was being driven by a woman in her 30s. The impact was severe enough to scatter debris across all three lanes of traffic and close down the street for hours. The woman sustained critical injuries, and the man was placed under arrest on charges of aggravated driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, and failure to reduce speed.
It appears that the SUV driver will be held solely responsible for the auto accident and the injuries to the woman. That means that she has the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit against the man. Such legal action could allow the woman to receive reimbursement for all of her medical expenses, including ambulance charges, hospitalization costs, medications, treatments, follow-up visits, and physical therapy. She may also receive compensation for any wages she would have earned had she not been forced to miss work because of the auto accident. Finally, a jury may award her monetary damages for pain and suffering. There’s even a possibility that the defendant may be ordered to shell out punitive damages if he is eventually convicted on the DUI charges.