Authorities say it was fortunate that no one was seriously injured in a Feb. 25 accident in which a car slammed into an Illinois house at around 10 p.m. The driver and passenger in the car were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The home's two residents were rescued by the fire department from the second floor of their house due to structural damage that made it unsafe for them to go downstairs on their own.
According to reports, the car hit a corner, a traffic light and an SUV before crashing into the house. The driver was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving. Police say they also believe speed may have been a factor in the accident. Firefighters say they have been called to the scene a number of times in the past since five roads converge in a confusing manner at the location.
The couple has lived in the house for 30 years. They say that they initially thought an earthquake had occurred.
An individual who is injured in an accident may be able to file a lawsuit against the responsible driver. In a case like this one, there may have been a negligent driver who caused the accident. If a driver has been drinking, that might be considered negligent in a civil suit. However, even if it could not be proved that the driver was intoxicated or if the driver did not break any laws, negligence still might be an issue. For example, if a driver is driving too fast to navigate a complicated intersection, this might be deemed negligence.
Source: Fox 2 Now, "Car crashes into home trapping two people inside," Anthony Kiekow and Kelley Hoskins, Feb. 26, 2015