With some auto accidents in Illinois, there is more than enough information for police to figure out which party was at fault. In other cases, investigating authorities turn to witness accounts, crash scene evidence, and sometimes even video footage to make their determination of responsibility. But once in a while, all that police have to go on regarding liability comes down to the proverbial “he said, she said” scenario.
This appears to be what happened in Springfield over the weekend, although the two drivers involved in the collision were both male. On Saturday night shortly before 10:30pm, a 68-year old was driving his car east on Monroe Street in downtown Springfield, while a 45-year old man was traveling south on North Seventh Street. At the intersection linking the two streets, the two vehicles collided, and the 68-year old had to be taken to an area hospital with injuries to his arms and legs.
According to reports, both men insisted that they had a green light and therefore should have been granted the right-of-way by the other. Since this situation is almost impossible, the likelihood is that one of the two drivers is either mistaken or lying. Unfortunately, Springfield Police do not currently have enough information to conclude which driver was at fault in this auto accident, in large part because there were no witnesses to the crash. (It’s unclear whether video cameras were positioned at or near the intersection.)
The 45-year old man was cited by police for driving without the appropriate liability insurance. However, that offense alone does not factor into whether he was responsible for the collision and the injuries to the other driver. If a subsequent investigation unearths evidence that the 45-year old man was to blame for the crash, then the 68-year old could file a personal injury lawsuit against him.