Usually, the best thing that can happen in auto accidents in Illinois is that no one gets injured. But there are many times when one or more people suffer serious injuries – or even die. However, there was a silver lining to one deadly collision in DuPage County this past weekend.
The incident happened Sunday morning around 5:30am in Romeoville. A vehicle somehow was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55. Near Lemont Road, which is about a mile east of the Veterans Memorial Tollway, the wrong-way vehicle slammed into another vehicle, which caught fire. Luckily, a Romeoville Police Officer happened to be in the area and saw the collision occur. He raced to the burning vehicle and (with the help of other passersby) pulled the driver out of the car. Authorities say that the victim would have likely died in the crash if not for the quick actions of the rescuers.
The driver who caused the wrong-way wreck was pronounced dead at the scene. But even though that person died, the victim could still file a personal injury lawsuit against the estate of the deceased driver, who will almost certainly be held responsible for the collision and the injuries to the person who was pulled from the burning car.
A lawsuit could allow the plaintiff to collect reimbursement for all of his or her medical costs, including ambulance charges, hospitalization expenses, surgeries, procedures, medications, and even physical therapy sessions. The victim could also receive unearned wages from any times that was missed at work due to the auto accident, and possibly even damages for pain and suffering.
It’s unthinkable how someone could drive the wrong way on an interstate and endanger the lives of others. But because of a quick thinking policeman, there was only one fatality in this weekend’s fiery crash instead of two.