Many people who drive in Illinois think that they do everything possible to avoid being involved in an auto accident. They don’t get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They don’t drive well over the speed limit. They obey traffic lights, stop signs, and other warning signs. All these are smart behaviors, to be sure. But a significant number of collisions are caused by something else: drivers who don’t adequately check before switching lanes.
Such an oversight can result in injury if it occurs on a roadway with fast-moving traffic, like an interstate. One example was recorded late last month in Ogle County. On the evening of Tuesday, November 26 around 5:15pm, a sport utility vehicle that was being driven by a 33-year old woman from Davis Junction was heading north on Interstate 39. Shortly after she passed State Route 72 near Davis Junction (which is about eight miles south of Rockford), she tried to switch lanes. But another SUV had slowed due to heavy traffic, and the 33-year old woman’s vehicle collided with it, sending it off the roadway and into the center median. The 39-year old Rockford woman who was driving the second SUV had to be taken by ambulance to a Rockford hospital because of her injuries.
Based on the information given, the Davis Junction woman will be held liable for the auto accident and the injuries to the Rockford woman. As a result, the 39-year old woman may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the 33-year old woman. Such legal action could allow the victim to collect reimbursement for her medical expenses, including ambulance charges, hospital and treatment costs, medications, and physical therapy. She could also receive compensation for unearned wages due to work absenteeism related to the crash, and possibly get monetary damages for pain and suffering.