Labor Day weekend 2013 was a pretty injurious and deadly one across Illinois. On that Saturday, an Arizona motorcyclist suffered critical injuries after being rear-ended by a car in Saline County. A Rockford teenager was arrested for DUI the following day after rear-ending a car in Rockford, which killed a man and seriously injured the victim’s daughter. And near Elmhurst, two adults and their three children were hurt on Labor Day when a car swerved into their lane on an interstate and caused a collision.
And as it turns out, there was another serious truck accident over the holiday weekend in Ogle County. Shortly after 2pm on Sunday, September 1, a 2007 Toyota car tried to turn from Illinois Highway 26 north onto Illinois Route 72 a couple miles northwest of Forreston (and some seven miles south of Freeport). A southbound 1997 Mack truck had the right-of-way on Illinois 72 when it slammed into the Toyota. The 67-year old female driver from Chicago was killed, while 67-year old two female passengers from Yorkville and Clarendon Hills suffered injuries that required their transport to two Rockford hospitals.
From the information given, it appear that the driver of the truck was not responsible for the auto accident; instead it was the Chicago woman who was at fault for turning when she did not had the right-of-way. As a result, the two female passengers have grounds to file personal injury lawsuits against the estate of the driver. While such a move may seem somewhat crass, neither of the victims would have had to deal with pain, discomfort, and medical bills had the Chicago woman carried out her duty to protect the safety of her passengers. These personal injury lawsuits could allow the women to collect reimbursement for health care costs, possible monetary damages for pain and suffering, and unearned wages from absenteeism if they are still in the workforce.