Some young drivers in Illinois may abuse their newfound freedom and do things on the road that put themselves and others in danger. Other times, they may cause an accident due to a moment of inattention. Whatever the case, a teenager recently caused an accident with another vehicle, and the crash injured five people, two severely.
Just before 4 p.m. on Oct. 9, a 2010 Chevy Malibu driven by a 16-year-old was heading south on Route 40. At the same time, a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee was approaching in the opposite direction. For reasons unknown, the Chevy driver attempted to turn left in front of the Jeep, and the Jeep struck the car on the passenger side.
Two teenage passengers in the Chevy, a 15- and 16-year-old, each suffered severe injuries in the collision, and they were airlifted to a regional trauma center. Both drivers and an 18-year-old passenger in the Jeep suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening and were taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment. The road was closed for several hours for cleanup and investigations regarding the crash.
If the report is correct in stating the driver of the Chevy was responsible for the crash by making an improper left turn, the injured parties in both vehicles may pursue personal injury claims against the driver and anyone with an ownership interest in the car. Injured parties will want to consult an experienced personal injury attorney in Illinois for help. A lawyer can evaluate their claim and provide much-needed advocacy and support to help them obtain the best outcome possible.