Head-on collisions tend to be more powerful than all other types of crashes. That’s largely because the combined force generated when two vehicles traveling toward one another collide is usually greater than the force of a single vehicle that strikes the back or side of another vehicle. As a result, the likelihood of serious injury and/or death is higher in head-on collisions.
This point was tragically illustrated in Peoria County last week. On Monday, September 10 shortly after 9am, a Bushnell couple was driving west on Illinois Route 116 just west of Hanna City. They had just passed the intersection with Eden Road when an eastbound car being driven by a 22-year old Chillicothe woman crossed the center line in an apparent attempt to pass a slower vehicle. The two cars slammed into each other head-on. The 57-year old husband had to be airlifted to a Peoria hospital, but the 57-year old wife was pronounced dead at the scene about an hour after the crash. In addition, two passengers in the Chillicothe woman’s car suffered injuries as well.
The 22-year old woman was cited for improper lane usage, and it appears that she will be held fully liable for the auto accident and the resulted casualties. As a result, the Bushnell man could file a wrongful death lawsuit against her on behalf of his wife, as well as a personal injury lawsuit on his own behalf. These suits might allow the widower to collect reimbursement for his hospital expenses and his wife’s burial costs, as well as damages for pain and suffering and loss of care or companionship. In addition, the two injured passengers in the Chillicothe woman’s vehicle also have grounds for personal injury lawsuits against the driver, since according to Illinois law she is responsible for the safety of her passengers.