For a good portion of the summer, Chicago’s Wells Street has been blockaded for the filming of a Bollywood movie entiled ‘Dhoom 3,’ which is the third installment in a ‘Bollywood’ Indian action film series about motorcycle bank robberies.
This past week, however, a stuntman was seriously injured during an action scene involving a high-speed car chase. Although the actor has since recovered, the incident reminds our Chicago car accident attorneys of the dangers involved in reckless driving.
Every time a person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle – be it a car, a motorcycle, a boat, or an aircraft – he or she is inherently taking responsibility for his or her actions when piloting the automobile. Every driver owes a duty of reasonable care to his or her passengers, other drivers and passengers on the road, and pedestrians. When that duty of care is breached and the driver acts recklessly or negligently, accidents can and do happen. When they occur, the driver may be held responsible for his or her actions, both in criminal court, and in civil court, and may be forced to pay compensation to victims for the injuries and resulting costs.
Damages in civil cases come in many forms; tortfeasors may be made to pay compensatory damages, which attempt to put an injured person back in the position he or she was in before being injured, such as compensation for medical and hospital expenses, and the loss of a normal life following the injury. Additionally, in some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded; punitive damages are intended to punish wrongdoers and send a message to the responsible party and other drivers that they ought to be more careful in the future.
In addition, when those car accidents cause fatalities, wrongful death lawsuits may arise instead. Under Illinois law, wrongful death is the legal concept that arises when a person’s death has been caused by the fault or negligence of another person or business. In cases of wrongful death, family members and loved ones of the decedent can file a claim to potentially make the wrongdoer pay damages for things such as the loss of companionship, monetary damages to cover the earnings the deceased person would have provided, and expenses associated with the death such as funeral and burial costs.
Injuries suffered as a result of these types of accidents can be severe and life altering. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers want people to be safe. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident that is the result of another driver’s negligent behavior, contact an attorney to better understand your rights under the law. Our attorneys have enormous experience handling automobile accident cases, and even obtained a $2.07 million verdict for a 23-year-old woman who suffered multiple leg fractures in an automobile collision.