It’s basic mathematics. The more vehicles that are involved in an Illinois auto accident, the greater number of potential injuries there could be. A single-vehicle crash can potentially cause harm to the driver and all of his or her passengers. When two-vehicles are involved, the count can rise to two drivers and several passengers; and when you add more vehicles into the mix, the possible injury count rises from there.
This phenomenon was illustrated last week in a pair of multi-vehicle collisions. The first one took place on Monday, December 2 around 11:30am in East Peoria. On the eastbound side of Interstate 74 just past Pinecrest Drive (and just before the I-474 interchange), a total of six vehicles were involved in a collision. Thankfully, the injury victims were limited to just two of the vehicles; a total of three people had to be taken to area hospitals.
A similar situation was recorded the following day around 8:30am in Chicago; but in this instance, the number of injuries exceeded the number of vehicles. Only three vehicles were involved in a collision at the intersection of Stony Island Avenue and East 82nd Street, which is just southwest of the Chicago Skyway. But a total of seven people were reportedly injured and required medical attention at a hospital, although all of the injuries were believed to be non-life threatening.
It’s unclear how these auto accidents occurred, but most likely one or more drivers will ultimately be held liable for each of the collisions. That means that they could be named as defendants in personal injury lawsuits filed by all of the victims. Even if the at-fault drivers’ vehicles did not physically make contact with some of the other vehicles in which people got hurt, the responsible parties may still have to pay reimbursement for the medical costs of those injured – as well as unearned wages due to work absenteeism and possibly monetary damages for pain and suffering.