This blog talks about the options that many motorists have if they are victimized in an auto accident in the state of Illinois. But you may be wondering whether these people actually go through the process of taking legal action against those who wronged them. One reason for this conjecture is because while collisions and crashes can be found in the news almost on a daily basis, you don’t often hear about the subsequent lawsuits that may be filed in connection with those incidents.
This story is about a man who decided to hold someone legally accountable for the wrongful death of his sister. On Tuesday, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of an elderly pedestrian who was struck and killed by a taxicab last year in Chicago. Back on August 22, an 86-year old woman was trying to cross Sheridan Road at the intersection of Briar Place (which is one block south of Belmont Avenue) in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. A Yellow Cab was driving west on Briar Place and tried to turn left onto Sheridan, but hit the woman while she was in a marked crosswalk and had the right of way. The woman died the following day at a local hospital.
The 40-year old cabdriver was given two citations after the incident: one for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, and another for failure to use due care when a pedestrian is present. A subsequent investigation determined that the man had been issued several previous traffic citations, but had gotten them dismissed and therefore had not been prosecuted for them.
The wrongful death suit, which was filed in Cook County Circuit Court, names both the cabdriver and Yellow Cab Affiliation as defendants. It seeks damages in excess of $100,000 from each defendant for loss of support and companionship.