Speed limits are ignored by many motorists, but they are created for the safety of everyone who travels the roadways. The faster a person drives, the longer it takes for them to stop. That's why it's important to not get too close to the vehicle in front of you. One Illinois driver recently rear-ended a vehicle, causing that vehicle to rear-end the one in front. Several people were injured.
The three-car accident occurred on the evening of Nov. 15 on Illinois 13 in Williamson County. There was traffic in the eastbound lanes when a 34-year-old man rear-ended a car driven by a 41-year-old woman. Her car then hit the car in front of her, driven by a 38-year-old woman.
The 38-year-old woman suffered no injuries in the car accident. The man and his passenger, a 33-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. The 41-year-old woman, however, had to be removed from her vehicle. Her injuries were considered severe, and she was taken to Memorial Hospital in Carbondale for treatment. She had two passengers in the car - a girl, 12, and a boy, 9 - who were also taken to the hospital for treatment. Their injuries are considered to be non-life-threatening.
The man who caused the accident received a citation for his failure to slow down and avoid the crash. His passenger was also cited for failing to wear a seatbelt.
Those injured by the man's negligence have the right to file a lawsuit against him for damages. The 41-year-old woman is the one who suffered the most and of all those involved should especially be entitled to some sort of compensation. She suffered major injuries and likely will have costly medical bills to take care of once she is released. Financial recovery will help pay for these and other expenses.
The Southern Illinoisan, "Several hurt in three-car collision" No author given, Nov. 17, 2013