There are certain events that are associated with being lucky. Like running out of gas and coasting into a gas station. Or losing your wallet full of money only to have it returned to you intact by a thoughtful stranger. Or having your briefcase stay unopened even though you left on top of your car and began driving away from your home. Or even being injured right outside a hospital.
Well, that last scenario took place in Chicago this week – but luck wasn’t enough to spare the victim’s life.
On Friday morning on the city’s Far South Side, a 43-year old man was walking on a sidewalk in front of Roseland Community Hospital on West 111th Street about a mile and a half northwest of Lake Calumet. Shortly after 7am, a car drove up onto the sidewalk and struck the man. Even though the victim was steps from a hospital, medical personnel were unable to prevent his death.
The man driving the car told police that he lost control and veered across the center line, over the curb, and onto the sidewalk. Chicago Police’s Major Accident Unit is still investigating exactly what happened, but it looks like the driver will ultimately be held liable for the accident and the death of the pedestrian.
As a result, the family of the victim could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the car. The suit could allow family members to receive reimbursement for the hospital expenses and burial costs associated with the death of their loved one. In addition, the plaintiffs could also receive compensation for the estimated wages that the man would have earned in his lifetime had the auto-pedestrian accident never taken place. Finally, the defendant may be ordered to pay damages related to pain and suffering as well as loss of companionship and care.