Car accidents are big problems for everyone on the roads. From the drivers involved in the actual car accidents to other commuters who are impacted by closed lanes, slow traffic and other accident byproducts, vehicle collisions cost people time and money. Sometimes car accidents can even create secondary accidents that further the list of accident-related problems to other drivers.
A Chicago-area college student was killed while returning home with friends after the end of his semester term. The victim was a passenger in an SUV that rolled on a freeway after the driver lost control of the vehicle, and it is reported that the victim was not wearing a seatbelt. Though his death is truly tragic, it was only the first tragedy to unfold during this event.
While stopping for the traffic back-up caused by the rolled over vehicle, a mother and daughter in an SUV were hit by a negligent driver. The impact of the crash caused the mother and daughter’s SUV to flip which killed the mother, who was riding in the passenger seat. The daughter was treated for minor injuries and the negligent driver was cited for unsafe lane movements.
This story depicts how quickly the fallout of a car accident spreads to presumably unrelated parties. Despite her best attempts to avoid the first rolled SUV that killed the Chicago college student, the daughter who drove the second rolled SUV was unable to prevent the terrible loss of her mother due to the negligent driving of yet another party. Unsafe driving compounds quickly and the results can be deadly.
While the other passengers in the first rolled SUV will likely face medical expenses and recoveries, the daughter in the second rolled SUV will have to learn to cope with life without her mother. People who become victims of car accidents due to the negligence of others have rights and may seek to recover against those who caused their losses.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Students from Chicago suburbs among victims in 2 fatal crashes in Indiana,” May 5, 2013