Some drivers in Illinois have a misguided view about toll roads in the state. They feel that since they have to pay to drive on these toll roads, they can drive a little faster or more recklessly than they would on a “free” roadway. This mindset may not be grounded in logic, but it may explain why some auto accidents take place on toll roads.
One such auto accident happened over the weekend in Boone County on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (also know as Interstate 90). Around 1:15pm on Saturday afternoon, a car driving on the eastbound side of the tollway swerved to avoid another vehicle, but the driver lost control and the car spun around. The vehicle then struck another car, and both vehicles careened onto the right side of the roadway near the Genoa Road exit just southeast of Belvidere. One of the vehicles caught fire, and a total of five people sustained injuries, one of whom suffered serious burns.
From the information given, it’s not possible to determine absolutely where the blame should lie in this auto accident. If the driver of the car who initially swerved is found to be responsible for the crash, he or she could be named as a defendant in personal injury lawsuits filed by the people who were injured in both vehicles. Those victims may receive reimbursement for hospital expenses, ambulance charges, medications, and physical therapy. They may also be entitled to any wages they did not earn due to absenteeism from work as a result of their injuries. A jury could even award damages for pain and suffering.
If the investigation determines that the vehicle which the swerving car tried to avoid was partially responsible (perhaps by making an unsafe lane change or stopping in the roadway), then its driver might also be held partially liable for the injuries to the victims.