One of the more frequently-seen types of auto accidents in Illinois is the rear-end collision. Most of these types of wrecks fall into two categories: either one vehicle stops and the vehicle behind it fails to do so in time, or a trailing vehicle moves faster than a vehicle in front of it and causes a crash. Many people might think that rear-end collisions aren’t that serious because of the added safety features in modern vehicles. But even so, it’s not uncommon for victims to suffer injuries in these kinds of crashes.
Two rear-end auto accidents with injuries occurred within the last week in two parts of the state. The first one injured a 38-year old Joliet man in Aurora last Thursday around 5:45pm. The man was driving near the intersection of Randall Road and Illinois Avenue about a mile and a half south of the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway when he was allegedly rear-ended by an 18-year old Aurora man. The Joliet man was taken to an Aurora hospital, and the teen was cited by police for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
The victim in a rear-end collision on Monday in Springfield was a pregnant woman. Around 12:15pm, the 29-year old Petersburg woman was sitting in her car on eastbound Wabash Avenue near Mercantile Drive (about half a mile north of Interstate 72) when it was rear-ended by a 42-year old Springfield man, who pushed the woman’s car into the vehicle in front of her. The woman complained of stomach pain and was rushed to a Springfield hospital, while the man was cited for driving too fast for conditions.
Both the Joliet man and the Petersburg woman have solid grounds to file personal injury lawsuits against the Aurora teenager and the Springfield man, respectively. They could receive reimbursement for medical expenses, unearned wages for miss time at work, and possibly monetary damages for pain and suffering.