This past Tuesday in the state of Illinois was Election Day. While most people spent part of their day voting, others volunteered at polling stations or worked on campaigns for various candidates. Unfortunately, two women spent the latter part of their Election Day at a hospital after being involved in an Rockford auto accident.
On Tuesday afternoon, a Chevy Trailblazer was pulling out of the Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club onto Guilford Road (between Alpine Road and Roxbury Road) in Rockford, Illinois. As the sport utility vehicle tried to turn left, a westbound Cadillac sedan slammed into the passenger side of the SUV. Both vehicles sustained major damage, and the two women who were driving the vehicles had to be hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Police say that the slick streets caused by recent rains may have been a factor in the Rockford auto accident, although they haven’t yet determined who was at fault.
However, since the Cadillac struck the Trailblazer on the side, it would indicate that the woman behind the wheel of the SUV pulled out of the driveway and onto the road before traffic was clear. If that turns out to be the case, the SUV driver would be held responsible for the crash – and the other woman would have solid grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against her. Had the impact been a rear-end collision, the likely scenario would have been the Cadillac driver’s inability to slow or stop in time to avoid the crash (even if the roads were indeed slippery), so she would be held liable for the other driver’s injuries.
A personal injury lawsuit could allow the plaintiff to get reimbursed for ambulance charges, hospital expenses, and medication or physical therapy costs. She could also collect unearned wages if she missed work due to the collision, and perhaps even be eligible for monetary damages for pain and suffering or loss of care and companionship.