Imagine: it’s a typical December weekend in Chicago. People are trying to get caught up on their Christmas shopping. Families and friends are gathering together for holiday cheer. And everyone is starting to enjoy the winter weather (which features an unexpected lack of snow this year).
But one family is praying that their daughter is well enough to enjoy Christmas this year. That’s because the girl was struck by a car this past weekend.
On Sunday around noon, an 11-year old girl was reportedly hit by a car in the Altgeld Gardens neighborhood of Chicago. The auto-pedestrian accident occurred near the intersection of 132nd Street and Langley Avenue, which is about a half mile north of the Cal-Sag Channel of the Calumet River. The girl sustained critical injuries and had to be transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center.
There’s no word on exactly how the crash took place. If the girl suddenly darted out into the middle of the street and the car was unable to stop, then the sad truth is that the accident was the girl’s fault. However, if the driver did not yield the right-of-way to the girl, broke a traffic law, or failed to stop when there was room to do so, he or she could be held accountable for the incident and the injuries to the girl. In the latter case, the driver could be named as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit. Such a suit would have to be filed by the girl’s parents because the victim was a minor.
If this case were to go to trial, a jury could award the plaintiffs reimbursement for medical care expenses incurred in the past and in the future (if the girl is disabled permanently). It’s also possible that the family could be awarded monetary damages for pain and suffering.