When the weather turns nasty in Illinois, driving conditions can become treacherous – especially in the wintertime. Many people think that it’s more dangerous to drive in big cities when the roads are snowy and icy, because of the prevalence of bridges and overpasses and the fact that there are generally more vehicles around to run into. But a weekend auto accident in McHenry County illustrates that rural driving on icy roads can be hazardous as well.
Shortly after 10am Saturday morning, a 2001 Chevy Blazer was driving north on Alden Road, which is about six miles west of Wonder Lake. Near the intersection with Mccauley Road (about four miles northwest of Woodstock), the sport utility vehicle struck a 2006 Honda CRV that was traveling south on Alden. The head-on collision resulted in both drivers being airlifted to area hospitals in critical condition. A 77-year old McHenry woman was driving the Blazer, while a 47-year old woman from Harvard was behind the wheel of the CRV.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the auto accident, and it’s unclear which driver will be held liable for the crash – although the icy roadway did play a role in the wreck. If the Harvard woman is found to be at fault, then the elderly woman would have solid grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the CRV driver. But if the McHenry woman is determined to be responsible, then the 47-year old woman could elect to file this type of lawsuit against the driver of the Blazer.
In either case, the plaintiff could be awarded reimbursement for all medical expenses, including air ambulance charges, hospitalization costs, treatments, surgeries, medications, and physical therapy sessions. She also could receive monetary damages for pain and suffering as well as lost wages due to work absenteeism.