Interstate auto accidents in Illinois are not that uncommon, which is not surprising. After all, since speed limits are higher on interstates, and speed is one of the most common factors in auto accidents, then it stands to reason that interstates would be prime spots for wrecks. But one type of crash people don’t think about when it comes to interstate accidents is those which occur when drivers are getting on to interstates.
A perfect example is an injury accident that was reported in Vermilion County this past weekend. On Saturday afternoon shortly before 3pm, a car was traveling north on Illinois Route 1 just outside of Tilton when it tried to enter onto the westbound side of I-74 heading toward Champaign. But the driver of the vehicle lost control on the circular entrance ramp, and the car went into a ditch on the right side of the ramp before rolling over onto its roof. The 20-year old male passenger was transported to a Danville hospital with head and neck injuries. The 19-year old man driving the car was cited not only for improper lane usage, but also for driving under the influence of drugs.
There’s little doubt that the blame for the rollover accident will be placed squarely on the shoulders of the teenage driver. That means that if the 20-year old victim wishes to do so, he has the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the teen. Such a suit could reimburse the passenger for hospital expenses, ambulance costs, medications, and future physical therapy. If the victim is forced to miss work due to his injury, even if the absence is just for a follow-up medical appointment or therapy session, then this suit could compensate the plaintiff for the wages he would have earned had he remained at work.