Everyone who has taken a driver’s education course has heard this warning: before making an unprotected turn onto a highway or other thoroughfare on which traffic is moving fast; look to your left, then to your right, then back to your left again before proceeding. This helps to minimize the odds of being involved in a collision at that intersection. Apparently, one driver in Menard County forgot to follow this advice.
On Thursday morning, a two-vehicle auto accident took place a couple miles south of Petersburg. A vehicle on State Park Road just north of Lincoln’s New Salem State Park stopped at a stop sign at the intersection with Illinois Route 97. But as the vehicle began to proceed, it collided with a car driving south on the highway. The driver of the car on Illinois 97 sustained injuries that were serious enough to require a trip to a nearby hospital. The driver of the vehicle on State Park Road was cited by Illinois State Police for failure to yield the right of way.
It appears that because the vehicle that apparently tried to turn onto the highway before traffic had cleared, the auto accident is the fault of that vehicle’s driver. So if the injured individual wishes to do so, he or she can file a personal injury lawsuit in Illinois against the driver who was cited. This suit could allow the plaintiff to receive reimbursement for ambulance expenses, hospital charges, treatment and medication costs, and even physical therapy sessions if necessary. A jury could also award the plaintiff compensation for any unearned wages due to work absenteeism from the crash.
One final note: now that snow, ice, and other wintry weather has finally come to Illinois, taking extra precautions liking looking “left-right-left” are even more important to avoid getting into a collision with other vehicles.