Highways can be dangerous for motorists because of the higher permitted speeds, which can amplify the consequences of a auto accident. Conversely, drivers on roads and streets generally have to deal with more congestion than they do on highways. But some of the most hazardous places for accidents are where highways intersect with regular streets – especially when there is no traffic light at the intersection.
A deadly auto accident took place this week at one such intersection in Lake County. Around 6:15am, a 1995 Chevy Cavalier was traveling north on U.S. Route 12 when it attempted to make a left turn onto Case Road in Wauconda. But the Cavalier’s driver apparently failed to yield to an oncoming 2004 GMC pickup truck, which slammed into the car. A 37-year old man who was sitting in the back of the Cavalier was ejected from the vehicle, and his body struck a 2008 Ford van which was trying to turn right from Case Road onto southbound Route 12. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the point of the auto accident, a vehicle wanting to turn left off of the highway must move into a left turn lane and enter a median before crossing two lanes of speeding traffic. In addition, there is no traffic signal to regulate the intersection – so the consequences of making a mistake can be tragic.
Nevertheless, the driver of the Cavalier will most likely be held liable for the death of his back seat passenger. That means the surviving family members of the 37-year old man could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the car’s driver with the goal of obtaining reimbursement for burial expenses and lost future wages. Such a suit could also yield damages related to pain and suffering and loss of care or companionship.