Head-on collisions are perhaps the deadliest type of auto accidents that occur on Illinois roadways. In many cases, it can only take a second for one vehicle to cross into oncoming traffic and slam into another vehicle. Even with the safety advancements made in today’s automobiles, the chances are high that one or more occupants of vehicles involved in a head-on collision will not survive.
Thankfully, this was not the case in a head-on collision in Henry County last month. On Thursday October 4th around 5:30pm, a 2008 Chevrolet HHR was driving south on Route 78 about a mile north of Kewanee. The sport utility vehicle struck a 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo head-on. The 61-year old Kewanee woman driving the HHR and the 18-year old Annawan woman behind the wheel of the Monte Carlo were both injured and were eventually transferred from a Kewanee hospital to aPeoria hospital. A 15-year old Kewanee boy who was in the car was also hurt, and he was treated at Kewanee hospital.
This auto accident is still under investigation by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department. As of now, it is unclear whether the SUV or the car crossed the center line and caused the collision. If the Kewanee woman is found to be at fault, the Annawan woman would have solid grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against her. But if the teen who drove theMonte Carlo is held responsible for the crash, the SUV driver could file this type of suit against her. In either case, the parents of the 15-year old victim (because he is a minor) could choose to file a personal injury lawsuit on his behalf against whomever is eventually held liable for the head-on collision. The plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits can ask for reimbursement of hospital expenses, lost wages from work absenteeism, and damages related to pain and suffering.