All auto accidents are different, even when the same type of vehicles are involved under the exact same conditions. For instance, if a pickup traveling at a moderate speed crashed into a car driven by a healthy 26-year old man, it’s possible that the victim may not sustain any injuries at all. But if an elderly woman were driving the car in the same scenario, her injuries could be much more severe – or even fatal.
This point was illustrated earlier this month in a rear-end collision in Springfield. On the afternoon of Saturday, July 20 around 2:30pm, a 73-year old man was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse sport utility vehicle south on Veterans Parkway less than a mile past Interstate 72. Near the intersection with Panther Creek Drive, the SUV slammed into the back of a car that was being driven by an 81-year old Hoopeston woman. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, and the man was cited by Springfield Police for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
The speed limit on the stretch of road where the rear-end crash took place was 55 miles per hour. Depending on the precise speed of the SUV, a young adult (or even a teenager) very likely could have walked away from the accident had he or she been driving the victimized vehicle. But since the driver was an elderly woman, she required hospitalization due to her injuries. And here’s the point: the 73-year old man will still be responsible for the injuries to the victim, even though the same type of collision might not have hurt someone who was younger and/or healthier.
The woman could file a personal injury lawsuit against the man to receive reimbursement for medical expenses and perhaps even monetary damages for pain and suffering.