People who choose to speed while driving in Illinois may not be worried about their own safety. But they should at least pause to consider the safety of the passengers in their vehicles as well as that of other drivers on the roadways. But if for some reason that isn’t enough to stop speeders from laying off the gas pedal, perhaps they should think about all of the defenseless children who could get hurt because of their unwillingness to slow down.
An excellent example was an auto accident that occurred this week on the Far South Side of Chicago. On Monday evening right before 10pm, a Chevy Trailblazer was driving near the intersection of 136th Street and Indiana Avenue. Inside the sport utility vehicle were a 24-year old man, a woman of the same age, a nine-year old boy, a three-year old boy, and a baby girl. A Pontiac Grand Am with three men inside was speeding and slammed into the SUV, forcing it into the front porch of a house. Everyone in the Trailblazer had to be taken to nearby hospitals with injuries, as did the two male passengers in the Grand Am. (All of the victims are expected to fully recover.)
Chicago Police aren’t sure precisely what caused the auto accident, but it appears likely that the car’s driver will be held mostly or fully responsible for the auto accident and the resulting injuries. That means that the man or woman in the SUV could file a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of the entire family. This suit could allow the plaintiffs to receive reimbursement for what are probably going to be steep medical expenses. If either of the adults misses work because of their injuries, they are entitled to collect those lost wages as well. In addition, the two injured male passengers of the Grand Am could also file a similar lawsuit against the car’s driver.