You may not know it, but gas stations can be some of the most dangerous sites in Illinois in terms of auto accidents. Not only could you have multiple vehicles moving in different directions at one time, but many gas stations also have convenience stores or other retail storefronts attached to them – which means that lots of pedestrians can be walking from the pumps to the business’s front door or vice-versa.
The hazards nature of gas stations was illustrated last month in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. On the morning of Tuesday, May 21, an 80-year old woman was walking in the parking lot of a gas station at the corner of Touhy Drive and Chester Avenue just west of Greenwood Avenue. At the same time, a 42-year old woman was backing her 2010 Pontiac G6 away from the gasoline pumps when she struck the elderly pedestrian with the vehicle’s bumper. The victim suffered a contusion on her head and complained of hip pain, and she had to be transported to a Chicago hospital.
Because the auto-pedestrian accident occurred on private property, the 42-year old woman was not issued a citation by police. However, she will almost certainly be held primarily or solely responsible for the accident and the injuries to the 80-year old. That means that the victim could choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the Pontiac.
Since medical expenses tend to be higher for elderly patients than for the average individual, the victim could potentially receive tens of thousands of dollars in reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospitalization costs, treatment, surgical procedures, and medications, physical therapy sessions, and other expenses. There’s also a possibility that the defendant would have to pay additional monetary damages if the 80-year old woman’s quality of life is permanently compromised due to her injuries.