Lots of people throughout Illinois love to take a leisurely Sunday drive during the autumn months. In many areas of the state, they can witness the changing colors of fall foliage, as well as enjoy the great outdoors before temperatures drop to the point where it’s uncomfortable to be outside. But the one important thing about Sunday drives is that you must be sure to return home safely. Actually, there’s a second thing: you shouldn’t harm someone else because of your actions.
Both of those “rules” were not observed late last month in Kane County. Around 12:30pm on the afternoon of Sunday, October 27, a 2012 Ford Focus was heading east on Route 38 in Virgil Township about three miles east of Maple Park (and two miles north of the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway). Just prior to Meredith Road, the car crossed over the center line of the highway and slammed head-on into a 2007 BMW sport utility vehicle. According to the Kane County Sheriff’s office, the 23-year old driver of the Ford was pronounced dead at the scene, while the two occupants of the BMW were rushed to area hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening.
It’s not clear precisely what caused the auto accident. But in the absence of additional information, the driver of the Ford will likely be held solely responsible for the crash and the injuries to the people in the SUV. This is true even though the 23-year old died in the collision. Should they choose to do so, the driver and passenger in the BMW could file personal injury lawsuits against the estate of the Ford driver. These suits could allow the plaintiffs to collect reimbursement for all of their medical care costs, monetary damages for pain and suffering, and unearned wages due to work absenteeism related to the auto accident.