Motorists in Illinois are supposed to do everything within reason to avoid being involved in an auto accident. But sometimes, drivers can just be minding their own business and obeying the rules of the road when another vehicle comes along and collides with them. This is especially disturbing when such a scenario occurs and the police are involved.
That’s what happened on the South Side of Chicago last weekend. On Sunday night just before midnight, a police car tried to pull over a speeding car near the intersection of Ashland Avenue and 75th Street. But the driver tried to flee instead, leading the cops on a chase for almost eight miles. Then the 25-year old male suspect’s car crashed into a couple of other vehicles near the intersection of Pulaski Road and 45th Street less than a mile south of the Stevenson Expressway. A woman in one of those two vehicles had to be taken to Holy Cross Hospital with injuries.
Based on the information given, not only will the driver of the fleeing vehicle be charged with speeding and other offenses, but he will also be held responsible for the collision which injured the woman. If she chooses to do so, she may file a personal injury lawsuit against the speeding suspect in civil court. Regardless of the criminal charges he is convicted of, the 25-year old could be ordered to pay reimbursement for her medical costs, compensation for any work absenteeism she incurs due to the auto accident, and perhaps even monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of care or companionship.
In addition, there is a slight chance that the victim could file a similar suit against Chicago Police. If an investigation determines that the police chase and/or the officers’ actions were against departmental policy, CPD may also be partially liable for the woman’s injuries.