The first full day of spring in Illinois is often looked upon as a time of rebirth. After the grueling cold and hibernations associated with winter, spring is a time where animals emerge from their slumber, plants start blooming anew, and humans begin to adopt a more sunny outlook toward life. But for two people, the first full day of spring 2013 was more like a brush with death.
The two individuals were occupants of a vehicle that rolled over in Peoria County early Thursday morning shortly after 3:45am. The single-vehicle auto accident occurred near the intersection of U.S. Route 24 and Illinois Route 9, which is just south of Bartonville and just west of Pekin Lake. Though it’s not entirely clear how the vehicle left the roadway and rolled over, it was found near some railroad tracks that parallel U.S. 24. Both occupants were taken to a Peoria hospital with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening, and the driver was later arrested for driving under the influence.
If the driver and the passenger are related to each other (like they were in this deadly SUV rollover crash in Westmont about a half hour earlier), then no legal action will probably result from the rollover accident. But if they are not, then the passenger in the vehicle could file a personal injury lawsuit against the vehicle’s driver. Such a suit could allow the plaintiff to collect monetary damages for pain and suffering, compensation for unearned wages from missing work, and reimbursement for health care expenses – including ambulance charges, hospitalization costs, medication and treatment expenses, and even physical therapy sessions. Furthermore, if the driverof Illinois Route 9 and U.S. Route 24.U.S. Route 24 and Illinois Rote 9 is indeed convicted on DUI charges, there is a chance that the jury could order the defendant to pay punitive damages to the victim as well.