Not all people in Illinois purchase their vehicles from dealers or private sellers. Some enterprising souls go to auto auctions and buy vehicles whose owners have died, failed to make auto payments, or been convicted of serious crimes. Often, buyers can find great deals on vehicles in good condition. But some of these people arrived at such an auction this week in Cook County but did not leave in good condition.
According to a witness at the scene, an employee of the Greater Chicago Auction House in Matteson reportedly got behind the wheel of a Mercedes sport utility vehicle on Friday morning around 9am, but then accelerated too quickly. The SUV plowed into a small group of pedestrians and then hit a Maserati. A total of four people had to be taken to area hospitals with a variety of injuries, though none of the injuries were considered to be life-threatening. The employee was issued a citation by police for driving too fast for conditions.
It’s pretty clear that the driver of the Mercedes will be held solely responsible for the auto-pedestrian accident. This means that the person could very well be named as a defendant in personal injury lawsuits filed by the four victims. But if the SUV driver was performing some duties in connection with his job at the auction house, then the business could also be named as a defendant in these suits – because Illinois law states that companies are responsible for the conduct of their employees.
These personal injury lawsuits could allow the plaintiffs to collect compensation for unearned wages due to work absenteeism caused by the auto-pedestrian accident, as well as reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospital expenses, and medical costs related to their recovery. If the injuries are serious, a jury may also award monetary damages for pain and suffering as well.