It’s not uncommon for people to associate auto accidents with urban areas and/or congested parts of Illinois. Others may have the idea that serious accidents only occur during the nighttime hours. While statistics do indicate that more crashes take place in urban areas and at night, it shouldn’t be assumed that accidents never occur outside of this scenarios. In fact, some of the most deadly collisions take place in rural areas in broad daylight.
A tragic incident which happened earlier this month illustrates this fact. Prior to 11 am on the morning of Saturday, July 13, a car was traveling east on Nelson Road about 2 1/2 miles northwest of Morris in Grundy County. According to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, the car failed to stop at the intersection with Lisbon Road and struck a sport utility vehicle that was traveling northbound on Lisbon. Photos show the car with its roof and doors completely shorn off and the SUV on its side. A passenger in the car, a 28-year old woman from Morris, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Although the auto accident is still under investigation, it appears that the car’s driver (who was not identified in the news reports) will be held solely liable for the crash and the death of the young woman, since all drivers in Illinois are legally responsible for the safety of their passengers. Should they choose to do so, the parents of the (unmarried) victim could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the car. This would enable the parents to collect monetary damages for mental anguish as well as loss of care, because the woman left behind a young daughter. The plaintiffs could also receive reimbursement for burial expenses and estimated wages that the Morris woman would have earned in her lifetime had the auto accident never taken place.