Many people in Illinois prefer to purchase sport utility vehicles instead of passenger cars because of the reputation that SUVs have of being sturdy and protective. It’s certainly true that the added size of a typical SUV makes it more likely for its occupants to surviving a collision unscathed than those in a compact car. But there is one downside when it comes to SUVs and auto accidents: the larger interior cabins as compared to cars mean that there could potentially be a greater number of people injured in an SUV crash. Especially if the sport utility vehicle rolls over.
This point was illustrated this past weekend in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. On Saturday night around 10pm, a 2001 Ford Explorer was traveling east on West Cermak Road near South Costner Avenue, about a mile and a half south of the Eisenhower Expressway. But for an as-yet unexplained reason, the Explorer slammed into the back of a 1998 GMC pickup truck that was parked, and the SUV then rolled over. The three male passengers in the Explorer, as well as the 67-year old man behind the wheel of the parked pickup, all had to be taken to area hospitals.
Although the auto accident is still under investigation by Chicago Police, it appears from the available information that the 37-year old man who was driving the SUV will be held primarily or solely responsible for the crash and the injuries to the four men. Should they choose to do so, all four victims could file personal injury lawsuits against the 37-year old Explorer driver – the 67-year old man because he was in the pickup that was struck, and the three men who were in the SUV since Illinois law mandates that all drivers are responsible for the safety of their passengers.