In many cities at major intersections, motorists can use a turning lane when they wish to turn left. This allows traffic to flow freely in both directions without having to stop for vehicles in front of them that wish to turn left. However, lots of rural roads don’t have left turn lanes at intersections, so drivers must be on the lookout for stopped vehicles that are attempting to make a left turn.
Sadly, some drivers aren’t paying enough attention and are unable to avoid auto accidents with left turning vehicles until it’s too late. That’s apparently what happened this weekend in Plainfield Township at an intersection which sits on the border between Will County and Kendall County.
On Saturday afternoon around 2:30pm, a Nissan Altima was trying to turn left from westbound Illinois Route 126 onto southbound County Line Road. A westbound Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle was unable to stop in time and rear-ended the Altima. The SUV rolled over several times, while the car sideswiped an eastbound Harley Davidson motorcycle. The family of four in the Altima had to be extricated from the vehicle and rushed to nearby hospitals. An infant, a toddler, and the male driver all sustained serious injuries; while the mother suffered critical injuries. Tragically, the 57-year old Minooka man who was on the motorcycle died later that evening at a hospital in Aurora.
Based on the information given, it appears that the man driving the Durango (who was also hurt) will be held fully liable for the auto accident. If this turns out to be the case, the family could file a personal injury lawsuit against him in an effort to seek reimbursement for medical expenses, compensation for lost wages due to work absenteeism, and damages for pain and suffering. Also, the surviving family members have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the SUV driver. This suit may result in a jury awarding the plaintiffs damages for loss of care and companionship and/or mental anguish, reimbursement for hospital and burial expenses, and compensation for wages the motorcyclist would have earned had he not died in the wreck.