Many people throughout Illinois dread the process of getting to work in the morning. Perhaps they despise sitting in freeway traffic for long periods of time. Or they don’t like the crowded buses or trains that are present during morning rush hour. For these people (and everyone else), there’s only one thing worse than dealing with the morning commute: not making it to work at all.
That was the case earlier this fall in the Chicago suburb of Addison. Around 6am on the morning of Thursday, September 26, a Ford Explorer was traveling outbound on Interstate 290 (aka the Eisenhower Expressway) with eight people headed for a job in the western suburbs. Near the intersection with Route 83 on the eastern edge of Addison, the speeding sport utility vehicle drove into the ditch on the right side of the road and then rolled over several times. Four women in the vehicle died in the auto accident, while three men suffered injuries requiring transport to area hospitals. The driver, a 31-year old woman from Chicago, also survived the crash.
It’s unclear precisely what caused the SUV rollover accident, but the driver has been charged with failing to reduce speed, improper lane usage, and other offenses related to having no driver’s license, insurance, or registration. So it’s pretty clear that the 31-year old woman will be held primarily (if not solely) responsible for the deaths of the women and the injuries to the men.
As a result, the male passengers have solid grounds to file personal injury lawsuits against the driver to get reimbursement for medical expenses and compensation for lost wages due to work absenteeism. The surviving family members of the women could also file wrongful death lawsuits against the 31-year old woman, which could result in reimbursement for burial and medical expenses as well as estimated future wages that would have been earned in their lifetime. A jury could also award monetary damages as well in both types of cases.