In the past, there have been auto accidents on Illinois highways that have involved many different types of cars. In the 20th century, those ranged from Model T Fords to muscle cars and pickup trucks to sport utility vehicles. But in the 21st century, there’s another type of vehicle that is often seen on the roads: microcars. Even though they are usually found in urban areas like Chicago, they sometimes drive on the highways as well. Unfortunately, these microcars usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to collisions.
Such was the case earlier this month in Champaign County. Shortly after 7:15am on the morning of Friday, July 19, a Smart car was traveling west on U.S. Route 150 just before St. Joseph, which is about six miles east of Urbana. According to Illinois State Police, when the Smart car reached the Glover overpass it crossed over into oncoming traffic and struck a Ford Escape head-on. The 58-year old Fithian man driving the Smart car was pronounced dead on the scene, while the 55-year old St. Joseph woman in the Escape was transported to an Urbana hospital with injuries.
From the information given, it appears that the man will be held solely responsible for the auto accident. And even though he perished in the crash, the woman still has grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against his estate. Though it may seem insensitive to pursue such legal action, the fact remains that the woman still endured physical pain and financial hardship due to the actions of the man.
A personal injury lawsuit may enable the St. Joseph woman to collect reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospitalization and treatment costs, and physical therapy sessions. A jury may also award her compensation for any work absenteeism due to the collision, and possibly even monetary damages for pain and suffering.