There are many different kinds of auto accidents in Illinois. However, there are certain types that are associated with high speed crashes instead of low-speed accidents. One of the most common categories is rollover crashes, which are virtually impossible when a vehicle is moving relatively slowly. But a fast-moving vehicle can lose its center of gravity quickly and suddenly, causing it to turn over one or more times and injure or kill the occupants inside it. Not surprisingly, rollover accidents often take place on interstates, where speed limits are usually high; and involve vehicles that are larger than cars (like SUVs, pickups, etc.) which have a higher center of gravity and are more prone to flipping.
Such was the case in Woodford County last week. On Monday, August 5 around 8:15am, a van was traveling east on Interstate 74 near Congerville, which is about 13 miles east of Morton. For some as-yet unexplained reason, the driver of the van lost control, and the vehicle rolled several times in the median before coming to a stop. The male driver suffered non-life threatening injuries, but the female passenger had to be airlifted to a Peoria hospital with serious injuries.
Unless additional information is found to dispute this conclusion, the driver will be held solely responsible for the auto accident and the injuries to his passenger. That means that the woman could elect to file a personal injury lawsuit against the man. This could allow her to collect reimbursement for her medical costs, including ambulance charges, hospitalization expenses, treatments, medications, surgical procedures, and even physical therapy sessions. If she has had to miss work because of her injuries, she would be entitled to lost wages that she would have earned otherwise. Finally, she might also be eligible for monetary damages related to pain and suffering.