On behalf of Frederick & Hagle posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.of
A car crash occurred near Champaign on North Rising Road on a recent afternoon, sending four people to the hospital. The car crash occurred after a 61-year-old Champaign man’s vehicle crossed into opposite-bound traffic.
The man was traveling southbound in his Ford Focus when his vehicle veered over the center line. The Focus struck a Honda Civic traveling northbound head-on. The 33-year-old driver of the Civic was traveling with three other passengers and everyone in the vehicle was transported to Carle Foundation Hospital. Two of the passengers were children, ages 4 and 1. All four passengers reportedly live at a residence in Savoy.
Everyone in the Honda suffered minor injuries and were treated and released. A nurse at the hospital later stated that the 4-year-old passenger did not require treatment, although she was taken to the hospital. Police are not aware of the reasons behind the driver veering off into the opposite lane. The Focus driver has received a ticket for improper lane usage.
The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating this car crash with the help of a reconstruction accident specialist. This accident could have been much more serious. While the Focus driver was ticketed, the victims inside the Honda may have the legal right to file a personal injury claim against the driver responsible for the accident. When the results of the investigation are ready, it could help the victims understand more why the accident occurred and potentially help bolster any claims they make if they decide to further pursue a legal claim.
Source: The New-Gazette, “Head-on collision west of Champaign being investigated,” Mary Schenk, June 9, 2012