The Chicago Tribune shared the story of a tragic local car crash that took the life of an area resident.
The 69-year old victim was driving his 1987 Oldsmobile last week around 6:30 in the morning. He was headed east on North Avenue just as a second car, driven by a 23-year old woman, was turning onto North from 22nd Avenue. The two cars collided. The right front corner of the Oldsmobile smashed into the center and passenger side of the second vehicle.
The Chicago car accident caused injuries to both drivers. The victim was rushed to a local hospital. Medical professionals were initially able to stabilize him, but his condition never improved as necessary. He was pronounced dead yesterday morning at the hospital. An autopsy has shown that his death was primarily caused by the car crash injury. A previous heart condition made the man particularly susceptible to complications from the crash.
Many accidents like this often spur Illinois wrongful death lawsuits. The common law generally applies a concept known as the “Eggshell Plaintiff” rule. It holds that a negligent individual may be held liable for the consequences of her actions even if a victim was someone particularly vulnerable to suffering injury. For example, in cases like this, the fact that the victim was an elderly man who suffered injuries that someone with a healthier heart would not have is likely of no consequence. The man’s vulnerability rarely diminishes the liability of one who negligently harms him.
The tortfeasor (person who is negligent) must take the plaintiff as he or she finds them. It is no defense to say that you didn’t realize the victim happened to be more susceptible to injury than the majority of community members.
Our Illinois car crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti send condolences to the family and friends of this Chicagoan. We are proud to ensure that Chicago car accident victims are able to have fair access to the legal system to protect their rights and seek redress for their losses. Be sure to contact our Chicago injury lawyers if you ever find yourself suffering from the misconduct of others.
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