Decades ago, it was not uncommon for children to walk to school by themselves in Illinois. But these days, adults usually accompany their kids on their journey to school each morning in an effort to keep their children safe. Unfortunately, this approach doesn’t always protect the youngsters from harm.
A five-year old boy and his father are hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle in Evanston as the man was walking the child to school. Around 8:45am December 20th, the two were trying to cross Ridge Avenue at the intersection with Grove Street when they were hit by a minivan that was being driven by a 57-year old woman. The 39-year old man is now in critical condition at an Evanston hospital, while the boy was seriously injured.
It’s not clear exactly how the auto-pedestrian accident took place. The intersection where the incident occurred has marked crosswalks across Grove Street, but not Ridge Avenue. Vehicular traffic traveling on Grove Street is regulated by a stop sign at that intersection, while there are no traffic signs or signals on Ridge Avenue. If the man and his son stepped into traffic, then the minivan driver would not be held liable for their injuries.
However, if it is determined that the woman was at fault, the man could file a personal injury lawsuit against her on behalf of both himself and his young son. The suit may allow him to get reimbursed for health care costs incurred for hospitalization, surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and related treatment. If the man is forced to be absent from his job because of the auto-pedestrian accident, he could be compensated for the wages he would have earned had he been able to work. It’s also possible that the man could receive monetary damages for mental anguish or loss of care and companionship.