Auto-pedestrian accidents can occur on any day of the week. But many of them tend to take place on Saturdays across Illinois. That’s because people who are off work are walking around shopping centers, parks, and entertainment districts. And because these areas are places where pedestrians don’t normally walk during the week, they may not be as familiar with them – and sometimes, that leads to being struck by a vehicle.
Two different auto-pedestrian accidents were recorded in different parts of the state on successive Saturdays this month. The first one happened in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove around 9:15pm on the night of Saturday, November 9. A 60-year old man was trying to cross Main Street near 41st Street (about a mile east of the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway) when he was struck by a southbound vehicle in the right lane. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital about four blocks away, but was pronounced dead once he arrived.
The following Saturday (November 16) shortly after 10am, a 29-year old woman was apparently struck in the parking lot of a McDonalds restaurant on the northeast corner of South Grand Avenue E and South 5th Street in Springfield (about a quarter mile west of Business 55). The victim told police that a 64-year old woman driving a 2012 Ford Fusion struck her in the parking lot. She was taken to a hospital after reporting pain in her knee, hip, and ankle.
There are some key details missing from these accounts of the accidents, but if the drivers are determined to be at fault, they could be held liable in civil court for the harm they inflicted upon the victims. The Springfield woman who was hurt could file a personal injury lawsuit against the 64-year old driver of the Fusion. And the surviving relatives of the 60-year old man who died in Downers Grove could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle that struck him.