People in Illinois cause auto accidents for all sorts of reasons. Many times, they’re simply distracted by something else and run into someone. Often they’re in a hurry to get home, to work, or to another destination. Still others are impaired by alcohol or drugs. And there are a few who are driving recklessly and fast because they have the misguided notion that they can successfully elude the police cars that are chasing them.
One such incident took place this week in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst in DuPage County. On Tuesday afternoon, a person was in a car on North York Street less than a mile south of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Expressway when the vehicle was struck by another car that was fleeing police. Apparently, the 33-year old man from Atlanta, Georgia who was driving the fleeing vehicle was coming from the scene of an alleged domestic violence incident at a nearby hotel. When police chased him down York, the man struck a total of eight cars before abandoning his vehicle and trying unsuccessfully to get away from the officers on foot. The man was arrested on several charges which included leaving the scene of an auto accident, and the injured victim was taken to a nearby hospital, treated, and released.
Obviously, the Atlanta man is in serious trouble with the law. But he could also be named as the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit filed by the person who was injured during the car chase. Even though the injured individual was released from the hospital, he or she could have still racked up significant medical bills and/or missed time at work because of the injury. A personal injury lawsuit could enable the plaintiff to collect reimbursement for these medical expenses and lost wages from the 33-year old man.