Mike Burns, Carson Bates Injured In Normal Car Accident Outside Pub II

Mike Burns, Carson Bates, Illinois State University (ISU) Students, Injured In Car Accident Outside of Pub II In Normal —> GoFundMe Created To Help Victims

Mike Burns, Carson Bates Injured In Normal Car Accident Outside Pub II

NORMAL, ILLINOIS (October 2, 2022) – Two Illinois State University (ISU) students identified as Mike Burns and Carson Bates were injured in a normal car accident outside of Pub II at 102 South Linden Street.

McLean County officials are saying that the accident took place around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday. Mike Burns and Carson Bates were outside of Pub II when they were hit by a vehicle.

Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help both of the victims. Both ISU students were airlifted to a hospital in Champaign with critical injuries.

Both students were seniors from Plainfield, Illinois. You can help support their recovery through GoFundMe. According to Evan Woltman who is organizing the fundraiser, “Due to the extent of treatment required, both families will be dealing with significant medical expenses. We believe anyone who wants to support our friends’ recovery should have an outlet to do so and for that reason, we have created this GoFundMe. Any bit helps.”

It remains unclear if the driver involved in the crash will face any charges or citations. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Normal Car Accidents

Far too many people are killed or seriously injured every year in pedestrian accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “There were also an estimated 104,000 emergency department visits of pedestrians treated for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2020.” The vast majority of pedestrian accidents are totally preventable and due to drivers that are not paying adequate attention to what is ahead of them. There are a number of steps that drivers and cities can take in order to avoid pedestrian collisions.

  • Drivers should check their blind spots before turns.
  • Drivers should slow down in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.
  • Police officers should heavily enforce traffic violations likely to lead to pedestrian collisions.
  • City officials should study intersections and roads with many pedestrian accidents so that improvements can be made.

All drivers must exercise due care in the operation of their vehicles in order to prevent accidents. Pursuant to 625 ILCS 5/11-1002, drivers must constantly scan the road ahead of them and yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing in marked crosswalks. Even if a pedestrian is in the middle of the road, drivers must slow down to avoid collisions. If a driver fails to slow down and strikes a pedestrian, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Victims of car accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries.

  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • PTSD
  • Organ damage

It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any collision. Evidence is what will ultimately be used to determine liability for a crash. This is especially important because drivers will often fight hard to deny liability for pedestrian collisions. But the evidence at the scene and physical injuries can paint a picture of what happened regardless of what any person may claim.

Investigating A Normal Car Accident

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to Mike Burns, Carson Bates and their families as they continue to recover. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of the victims.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a normal pedestrian accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of pedestrian safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.