Depending on where you are in Illinois and where you want to go, taking a tollway can have its advantages. During certain times of day, you can avoid traffic lights and the accompanying roadway congestion by opting to pay for the privilege of driving on the toll road. However, it’s important to keep in mind that toll roads are not substantially safer or more dangerous than any other similar multi-lane interstate.
And auto accidents do occur on toll roads, like the multi-vehicle pileup that snarled traffic a couple weeks ago in Lake County. On a Sunday afternoon around 12:30pm, a Ford Mustang was traveling north in the left lane on the Tri-State Tollway portion of Interstate 94 in Lake County. Just past Route 120 (Belvidere Road) and about a mile south of Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, the Mustang swerved and struck a Toyota pickup truck in that lane, and then hit a Ford Focus in an adjacent lane. The Focus then started a chain reaction crash with a Lexus sport utility vehicle, a Cadillac, and then a Hyundai. When it was over, a total of four people sustained injuries that required transport to a Libertyville hospital. It’s unclear which vehicles the injured victims were in.
From the information given, it appears that the driver of the Mustang will be held at least partially responsible for the six-vehicle Illinois auto accident on 94. Depending on the circumstances, it’s possible that the Focus driver might also shoulder some of the blame, and it’s not impossible that liability could be shared by the drivers of the SUV and the Cadillac.
So it appears that the Illinois State Police will have to complete their investigation before we know who will be held accountable for the injuries. Only then will the victims know who to name as defendants in any future personal injury lawsuits they may choose to file.