It may be surprising, but freeway and interstate ramps are places where Illinois auto accidents often take place. These stretches of roadway are designed to help motorists transition from one highway to another. But since drivers often remain in the “high speed” mindset that they have when driving on interstates or highways, they sometimes forget that they must reduce their speed while they make the change to a different thoroughfare. Those who fail to do so often wind up injured as the result of a crash.
This point was illustrated this week in the Cook County village of Matteson. On Wednesday night around 11:15pm, a sport utility vehicle was traveling west on U.S. Route 30 on the south side of Matteson when it tried to merge onto Interstate 57 heading north. But the driver of the SUV lost control and it crashed while on the ramp between highways. One man was ejected from the vehicle and had to be rushed to a hospital in Oak Lawn. Another man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The news stories do not indicate which man was driving the vehicle, but it is pretty clear that whoever was driving will be held responsible for the single-vehicle crash. If the driver was ejected and survived the crash, the family members of the deceased passenger might choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. This type of suit could allow the plaintiffs to receive compensation for estimated future wages that the victim would have earned in his lifetime, reimbursement for burial expenses, and perhaps damages for pain and suffering and loss of care or companionship.
If the driver was the one who died and the passenger was ejected, the injured man could still file a personal injury lawsuit against the estate of the driver. That way, he could collect reimbursement for medical bills, compensation for any time he may miss at work, and maybe even monetary damages as well.