When we think of auto accidents, we tend to focus on the consequences suffered by the drivers and passengers in all of the vehicles involved. We don’t often realize that crashes also affect other people in the vicinity of the incident. Sadly, a fatal accident in Cook County this week reminded us that wrecks have serious ramifications for people who aren’t directly involved in them.
On Monday, May 21, around 4:30pm, a young woman was driving a Toyota Camry southbound on Saint Louis in Skokie. When she reached the intersection of Main Street near John Middleton Elementary School, she tried to turn left but struck another car in the process. Then she lost control of the Camry and struck an eight-year old boy who was on a bicycle on a sidewalk at the intersection’s northeast corner. The child died at the scene. No other serious injuries were reported.
Skokie Police are still investigating the deadly accident, and no citations have been issued as of yet. But it appears from the information given that the Camry started to turn left before the roadway was clear (at the intersection, Main Street traffic has the right-of-way) and struck another car before careening into the bicycle. As a result, the woman driving the Camry will probably be found at fault for the death of the youngster.
If this turns out to be the case, the parents of the child may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the young woman. In this situation, such legal action could reimburse the family for burial expenses and compensate them for pain and suffering and mental anguish associated with losing a child. The suit could also pay the family the estimated future wages that the boy would have earned in his adult life had the accident never taken place.