It’s an interesting phenomenon. People in Illinois and the U.S. tend to view their birthdays differently depending on their age. Children and young adults tend to look forward to their birthdays, while older Illinoisans might look upon these anniversaries with annoyance or disdain. But here’s a universal truth: whether you spend the day before your birthday in joyful anticipation or a state of denial or irritation, you don’t deserve to spend it in a hospital after being hurt in an auto-pedestrian accident.
Sadly, that’s exactly what happened to a man in Chicago this week. On Sunday around 11am, the man was crossing Ogden Avenue on foot at Pulaski Road (on the border of the Little Village and Lawndale neighborhoods) when a car traveling westbound on Ogden reportedly ran a red light and slammed into the man, sending him several feet into the air. The car then sped away on Ogden without stopping. The man, who was a day away from his 51st birthday, suffered what was called “significant blunt trauma” and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in very critical condition.
The driver of the car has not been located, but Chicago Police are saying that the vehicle resembled a gold or orange colored 2002 or 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. Not only is it important for the individual who ruined the victim’s birthday to be brought to justice, but it also allows the man who was injured in the auto-pedestrian accident to identify against whom he can file a personal injury lawsuit. Such legal action would allow the victim to receive reimbursement for medical care expenses; including ambulance charges, hospitalization costs, surgery or treatment, medications, and even physical therapy. He could also collect compensation for any unearned wages from the time he will be forced to miss work while he recuperates. A jury may even award the plaintiff monetary damages for pain and suffering or even loss of livelihood.