With the safety features available in today’s passenger vehicles, the chances of surviving an Illinois auto accident are higher than they have ever been. But it’s important to keep in mind that if you do indeed walk away from a crash, you need to remain vigilant – or else you could become the victim of an auto-pedestrian accident.
Sadly, that’s what happened to a 54-year old man in Kane County this week. On Monday, the man was driving north on Dugan Road in unincorporated Sugar Grove Township when he tried to turn left into a driveway to make a U-turn just south of Granart Road. A southbound vehicle struck the man’s car, and although neither driver was hurt, both cars had to be towed. A Kane County sheriff’s deputy offered the 54-year old a ride, but the man declined, saying that a friend was going to pick him up. So the man walked south on Dugan Road and turned east on Jericho Road heading toward Aurora.
Just before 7:45pm after having walked about two miles, the man was struck by an eastbound Toyota Tundra pickup truck on Jericho Road just west of Ashe Road. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies say that there were no streetlights or sidewalks on the 55 mile-per-hour stretch of road where the victim was hit.
Despite the conditions, it is very likely that the 25-year old male driver of the pickup truck will be held primarily or fully liable on the death of the pedestrian. As a result, the surviving family members of the 54-year old could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Tundra driver with the hopes of collecting reimbursement for burial expenses, compensation for estimated future wages, and monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of care or companionship.