It’s easy to imagine auto accidents occurring in heavily-traveled areas. Like in a busy downtown area. Or on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. Or on the part of the Eisenhower Expressway which links Chicago with its western suburbs. But many people (especially “city folk”) are befuddled when they hear about collisions that take place “in the middle of nowhere.”
Sadly, these types of crashes happen all the time in Illinois. A prime example was an auto accident last weekend in rural Grundy County. On Sunday, a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero was traveling west on Minooka Road northwest of I-80 about six miles north of Morris. At the intersection of Illinois Route 47, the Montero was hit by a 2003 Saturn Vue that was heading southbound. The Vue struck the right front end of the Montero before continuing into a ditch, and the Montero spun and then rolled onto its side. The 23-year old male Vue driver was injured as were the three occupants of the Montero.
Even though the 52-year old man driving the Montero insisted that he stopped at the stop sign at the intersection and did not see any vehicles coming, he was cited by the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department for failing to yield. This indicates that the Montero driver will probably be at fault for the auto accident. As a result, the 23-year old could file a personal injury lawsuit against him if he wished to do so. The passengers in the Montero appear to be related to the 52-year old man; so if that’s the case, they wouldn’t file any such lawsuits.
As previously stated, rural car accidents like this are not uncommon. Perhaps drivers get lulled into a false sense of security due to a lack of traffic, and they fail to exercise the proper amount of caution. Whatever the reason, it’s important to keep your wits about you as you travel across Illinois on rural roads.