Rollover auto accidents in Illinois can potentially be very dangerous or even fatal. That’s largely because vehicles that roll over are completely out of the control of the driver; and although there are some safety features which protect the vehicle’s occupants, the force of the repeated impacts to the vehicle and the torquing action of the occupants’ bodies can lead to severe physical damage. (This is especially true if the vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed and/or the wreck occurs in inclement weather.)
Thankfully a rollover accident which occurred in Chicago last week did not claim any lives, nor was anyone critically injured. On Tuesday morning just before 11:15am, a car was traveling on South Racine Avenue south of Garfield Boulevard in the Englewood neighborhood when it rolled over near Moran Park between 57th and 58th Streets. According to a Chicago Fire Department official, the car rolled over onto its roof and then flipped back onto its wheels. Three people in the car were injured and were taken to area hospitals. One person was in good condition, and the other two were in stable condition.
There is no immediate information on what caused the car to roll over. So unless evidence arises that indicates otherwise, the driver of the car will probably be held solely responsible for the auto accident and the injuries to his or her passengers. If they wish to do so, the two passengers may file personal injury lawsuits against the driver. Such legal action might allow the plaintiffs to collect reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospitalization expenses, treatment and medication costs, and even future physical therapy sessions. A jury might also order the plaintiff to pay out compensation for unearned wages due to work absenteeism, as well as monetary damages for pain and suffering.