Illinois residents are familiar with the term “Sunday drivers.” This phrase is usually used to describe (often elderly) drivers who are traveling considerably slower than the speed limit and/or do not appear to know where they are going. As annoying as these Sunday driver-type individuals are, they generally don’t pose too many hazards for other drivers; in fact, they’re certainly less dangerous than out-of-control drivers.
Three people discovered this truth the hard way this past weekend in Kane County. On Sunday morning right before 11am, a Chevrolet Tahoe being driven by a 37-year old man was traveling north on Route 31 in St. Charles carrying two passengers. The vehicle had just passed the intersection with Wildrose Springs Drive when a southbound Pontiac Grand Prix crossed the center line of the highway after its driver lost control. The car slammed head-on into the sport utility vehicle.
All three occupants of the SUV were injured and had to be taken to a Geneva hospital. St. Charles Police are still investigating the Illinois auto accident, but believe that alcohol and mechanical failure may have played a factor. Even though the Grand Prix driver apparently wasn’t issued any citations, it appears that he will be held primarily or solely responsible for the head-on collision and the resulting injuries. (If further investigation reveals that a component of the car failed unexpectedly and caused the crash, it’s possible that the part’s manufacturer could be assigned part of the blame.)
Should they wish to do so, the three victims could file personal injury lawsuits against the 37-year old driver. These suits could allow the SUV’s occupants to obtain reimbursement for medical expenses, medications, and/or physical therapy. The plaintiffs could also receive compensation for any lost wages from work missed due to the St. Charles auto accident, and perhaps even damages for pain and suffering.