Have you ever gotten a phone call from a relative, friend, or colleague whose vehicle has broken down on a freeway? Even if you don’t have the ability to tow the vehicle or the know-how to fix it, you still might be asked to come pick up the stranded individual. If this happens to you and you decide to be a Good Samaritan, it’s important to keep in mind that your safety might be at risk whenever you have to park on the shoulder of a freeway and get out of your vehicle.
Sadly, a woman who volunteered to help someone else is recovering from injuries she suffered last week when she was hit by a car on I-55 in DuPage County. On Friday, the 25-year old woman was on the southbound side of the freeway to pick up her boyfriend, who was waiting for his disabled car to be towed near the intersection with Woodward Avenue in Lemont (just prior to the exit for the Veterans Memorial Tollway). When the two were walking back to her car on the left shoulder of the freeway shortly before 5:30pm, another car traveling south struck the woman, who was thrown into the northbound lanes. She had to be taken to a Downers Grove hospital with serious injuries.
It’s not clear exactly what caused the auto-pedestrian accident, but it appears that the driver of the car which struck the woman will be held primarily or fully responsible for her injuries. That would mean that the victim would have solid grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the offending driver. This suit would allow her to collect reimbursement for hospital charges, medication and treatment costs, and even physical therapy expenses, as well as for any wages she did not earn from her job because she was recuperating at home from her injuries.