High school basketball season is underway across Illinois. Not only do the basketball players receive support from their schools and their parents, but from their fellow students as well – especially their fellow hoopsters. This past weekend, members of one high school basketball team were on their way to cheer on their classmates when they were injured in a serious Illinois auto accident in McLean County.
On December 29th around 3:45pm, four members of the boys’ basketball team at Richwoods High School in Peoria were on their way to support the girls’ basketball team as the Knights competed in the finals of the State Farm Holiday Classic tournament at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. The car they were riding in was traveling south on Main Street in Normal about a half mile past I-55. When the vehicle reached the intersection with Raab Road just east of Heartland Community College, a vehicle traveling eastbound struck the southbound car, causing it to overturn. The four basketball players and a parent in the overturned car all sustained injuries, and three of them had to be taken to a nearby hospital.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the Illinois auto accident. But if the vehicle on Raab Road is found to be at fault in the crash, then its driver will be held responsible for the resulting injuries. As a result, the adult and the parents of the injured teens could each file personal injury lawsuits against the offending driver. However, if the person driving the car carrying the teens is determined to be to blame for the collision, then he or she could be named as a defendant in those lawsuits because Illinois law states that a driver is liable for the safety of his or her passengers. (Since the overturned car was apparently a private vehicle and not one owned or operated by Richwoods High School, neither the school nor the school district would be held accountable for the crash or injuries.)