Rear-end collisions can occur in many different locations in Illinois. One car may stop quickly in a parking lot and be bumped by another one behind it. A van may stop suddenly on a residential street when a child enters the roadway, and a compact car behind the van may not be able to avoid a collision. Or a motorcycle may slam on its brakes as the traffic light turns red, and a trailing pickup truck may not be able to brake as quickly.
But when a rear-end crash takes place on an interstate the chances of injury increase greatly.
This is what happened during an auto accident in Champaign County earlier this month. On the afternoon of Wednesday, September 11 shortly before 3:15pm, a car was driving east on Interstate 74 about four miles prior to St. Joseph a few miles past Urbana. Near County Road 1900 E, the car slammed into the back of a stalled vehicle that was parked in a lane of traffic on the interstate. Both the 47-year old Champaign man driving the eastbound car and the 36-year old Danville woman behind the wheel of the disabled vehicle had to be taken to an area hospital with injuries.
The man was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident as well as improper lane usage. Based on that information, it appears that he will be held responsible for this auto accident. It should be noted that if a vehicle is stopped in the middle of an interstate for reasons other than traffic congestion, sometimes part of the fault could rest with the person in that vehicle.
In this case, however, the Danville woman appears to have solid grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the Champaign man in order to collect reimbursement for medical expenses, unearned wages due to work absenteeism, and perhaps monetary damages for pain and suffering.