Labor Day weekend is often a time that Illinois residents choose to spend with family. Since schools are closed and most people have the work day off, it’s a perfect time for families to enjoy a long weekend together. Unfortunately, a Burbank family is disarray after the parents were hurt in a serious auto accident over the holiday weekend.
Shortly after midnight on Labor Day, the two adults and three children were traveling south on the Tri-State Tollway near St. Charles Road in the DuPage County city of Elmhurst. The Ford sport utility vehicle they were riding in was in the second lane from the left when a BMW that was driving in the left lane suddenly tried to swerve into the SUV’s lane. The BMW clipped the SUV’s rear left side, and the family’s vehicle lost control and rolled over on the interstate. The two parents were seriously injured and had to be rushed to a Chicago hospital, while the kids – a four-year old boy, a six-year old boy, and a 12-year old girl – were taken to a Park Ridge hospital with minor injuries.
Though the auto accident is still under investigation, it appears that the driver of the BMW will be held primarily or solely responsible for the crash and the injuries to the Burbank family. Should they choose to do so, the parents can file personal injury lawsuits against the BMW driver not only on their own behalf, but also on behalf of their three injured kids (because the children are minors they cannot be plaintiffs in lawsuits in Illinois). These suits could allow the family to collect reimbursement for medical expenses, which could easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars (or higher). A jury might also award monetary damages for pain and suffering as well as unearned wages by the adults who missed work due to their injuries.