There are countless activities which can negatively influence the way you drive in Illinois. Some are subtle, like not getting enough sleep or having too much on your mind before getting behind the wheel. Others are more obvious, like texting or drinking alcohol while driving. And then there are some that are so egregious that engaging in them before driving stretches the limits of belief.
One type of such unfathomable behavior apparently resulted in a fatal auto-pedestrian accident in Lake County last month. Around 12:30pm on the afternoon of Friday, October 25, a couple of pedestrians were walking on a sidewalk in Waukegan near the intersection of Sunset Avenue and Oneida road about three miles east of Skokie Highway. At that moment, a vehicle driven by a 26-year old Wisconsin man veered out of control, left the roadway, and struck the two people. Both were rushed to a hospital in Libertyville with serious injuries, and one of the pedestrians died early the next morning. The driver later told Waukegan Police that he had consumed heroin before the deadly auto accident and could not remember what happened.
The driver was arrested for reckless homicide, aggravated DUI causing death,aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm, and several traffic infractions. Even though it’s unclear exactly what caused the vehicle to lose control, it’s pretty clear that the Wisconsin man will be held responsible for the auto-pedestrian accident.
No matter what sentence results from the man’s criminal charges, the injured pedestrian has solid grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver in order to recover medical costs, lost wages from missed time at work, and possibly monetary damages for pain and suffering. Furthermore, the surviving relatives of the person who died could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Wisconsin in order to seek reimbursement for hospital and burial expenses, monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of care or companionship, and estimate future unearned wages.