McNabola Law Group filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 32-year-old man who was seriously injured by a driver who ran a red light in DuPage County.
The firm’s client was driving through Bensenville, Ill., on May 31, 2020, when he traveled across the intersection of Irving Park and York roads shortly before 2 a.m. He had the right of way.
At the same time, the driver of a Hyundai Sonata disregarded a red light, drove through the intersection and crashed into the victim’s car — shattering glass and causing the airbags to deploy.
As a result of the impact, the firm’s client sustained a serious eye injury and was taken by ambulance to Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. He lost his vision and sustained facial injuries following the crash and required reconstructive surgery.
“The defendant’s negligence has left our client with serious ongoing medical problems,” McNabola Law Group partner Mark McNabola said. “All drivers are required to obey all traffic signals even if it’s late at night and there aren’t many vehicles on the road.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, roadways have become like racetracks. There appears to be little or no law enforcement, and many drivers take advantage. As a result, roadways have become exceedingly dangerous to all drivers.
McNabola and firm associate David McCracken on June, 23, 2020, filed a lawsuit against the driver of the Hyundai, alleging he “carelessly and negligently” disregarded traffic signals and drove faster than was reasonable.
Police at the scene ticketed the driver for failing to stop at a red light and failing to provide proof of insurance.
The case is pending.
Earlier in June, McNabola Law Group filed a separate lawsuit involving a different red-light crash in DuPage County.
In that case, the firm’s client, 25, was driving through the intersection of Wehrli and Hobson roads in Naperville, Ill., about 3 p.m. Feb. 13, 2019, when an Infiniti compact SUV drove through a red light and smashed into the client’s car.
He suffered severe injuries and was taken by ambulance to Edward Hospital in Naperville.
The Infiniti driver claimed her light was green, but a witness in another vehicle told officers the woman had a red light, according to a police report. She was ticketed for failing to stop at a red light.
McNabola and McCracken filed a negligence lawsuit on June 16, 2020, alleging the driver disregarded traffic signals and failed to keep a proper lookout.
The case is pending.
“In both of these cases,” McNabola said, “the defendants claimed they had green lights. And in both cases, witnesses proved what our clients already knew: The defendants ignored red lights and caused serious crashes. These lawsuits underscore the importance of in-person witness testimony. It’s important to our system of justice that witnesses help one another and stay on the scene to inform police of the truth.”
McNabola Law Group has a long history of successfully representing victims and their families involved in catastrophic injuries. The firm’s experienced attorneys have expertise in cases involving collisions with cars and trucks.