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December 22, 2014

Two Killed in Fiery SUV Accident in Chicago

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122214%283%29.jpgThe typical image of a car accident might conjure two cars getting into a fender bender and the frustrated drivers that are left behind. In reality, there are thousands of ways that a car crash may occur and they may involve anywhere from one to dozens of vehicles. In Chicago, many people are killed every year in single vehicle car accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 561 fatalities from single vehicle traffic accidents in 2013 alone. In addition to those victims who lost their lives, many more were injured and the effects of these crashes extend to the families, friends, and loved ones of those involved. When a single car accident takes place, many Chicago victims do not realize that they are still entitled to relief and to help for their damages even if the driver of their vehicle was responsible for the crash. The laws that apply depend on the facts and circumstances surrounding an individual crash so those who have been hurt may want to speak with an injury lawyer to learn about their options.

Early Sunday morning, an SUV in Chicago left the road's surface and struck a pole near the street, causing the vehicle to catch fire and injuring those inside. The incident occurred in the 1200 block of South Clinton Street shortly before 3:00 a.m. and is still under investigation.

Police believe that a male was operating the SUV but there has been no word on what caused the collision. Three males were inside the vehicle and two, a 25-year-old man and a 42-year-old man, were killed in the accident. A third male, aged 26, survived the accident but was critically injured. Emergency crews took that man to an area hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries and his current status is not clear.

The SUV was on fire when police arrived at the scene and firefighters were able to extinguish the flame after a short battle.

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December 19, 2014

Hit-and-Run Victim Dies of Injuries

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121914%282%29.jpgThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 18 percent of all fatal pedestrian traffic accidents involve a hit-and-run driver, or nearly one if five fatal crashes. In Illinois, including Chicago, it is illegal to leave the scene of a crash without being authorized to do so by police except in limited situations, but drivers continue to do so every year regardless of the consequences. Hit-and-run accidents often leave behind victims who are too hurt to call for help, meaning that a fleeing driver is the only chance these victims have of getting the help they need. Fleeing drivers deny victims the ability to get help and for that reason, the laws of the state assess harsh penalties against hit-and-run drivers who are apprehended. Doing so can be a felony and if a victim dies in the accident, the fleeing motorist may face between three and 14 years in prison for his or her actions.

Whether a fleeing driver is caught or not, the victims of these accidents and their family members may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries, including the medical bills they incur. If a driver is later identified, it is possible that multiple claims may exist and may enable that victim to obtain all the relief he or she deserves. Speaking with a personal injury attorney in Chicago may help you understand your options if a fleeing driver left you hurt or if you suffered.

A collision between a speeding SUV and a pedestrian in Waukeegan on Sunday night initially left the victim critically injured. Now, authorities have confirmed that the victim lost his life due to the injuries he sustained.

The incident happened shortly before midnight near Butrick Street and Tamera Court. A group of pedestrians were walking in the area when witnesses say that a speeding SUV approached the group and struck a 21-year-old man, leaving him critically injured. The victim was taken to Vista Medical Center East for emergency treatment following the accident. Though doctors were able to improve the man's condition, his injuries proved too severe and he died three days after the crash.

The driver of the SUV involved in the accident fled the scene northbound and has not yet been identified or apprehended. Waukeegan police are asking for help from the public and encouraging anyone with information to come forward and report what they know. if the driver is identified, it is possible that the motorist will face multiple charges for the role he or she played in the collision.

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December 16, 2014

Parking Lot Accident in Chicago Leaves Teenage Pedestrian Injured

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121514%283%29.jpgYou may be surprised to learn that nearly 20 percent of all car accidents in the country occur in parking lots, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Many of these accidents occur at low speeds and fortunately do not leave victims seriously injured; however, some crashes are more severe, especially those that involve pedestrians. When an adult or a child is walking through a parking lot and is hit by a car, common injuries can range from broken bones and bruises to injuries to a head or neck or even to death.

When children are involved in car accidents, parents may be confused and troubled about their options to help their child recover. The laws in Illinois and in Chicago enable victims of any age to obtain financial relief for their losses but when the victim is under the age of 18, different options may be available. Parents may have their own claim in addition to the claims of their injured child and relief may be possible to cover expenses including medical bills. But children are also entitled to additional payment to ensure they are compensated for nonmonetary damages like pain and suffering and emotional distress. Speaking with a personal injury attorney in Chicago may help you understand whether your family is entitled to relief, and if so, who may be held legally liable for the harm.

On Saturday afternoon, a 14-year-old girl was walking through a parking lot in the South Austin neighborhood of Chicago when she was struck by an SUV. The incident happened in the 4800 block of West Jackson Boulevard shortly before 4:00 p.m. and prompted a response from local police, who have launched an investigation. Authorities believe the girl may have been bending over or crouching, possibly to tie a shoe, when an SUV approached and collided with the teen. The 45-year-old driver of the SUV was questioned by police and was issued multiple citations for his role in the accident, which left the girl in critical condition.

Emergency crews transported the teen by ambulance to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

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December 11, 2014

Fatal St. Charles Crash involved Driver on Heroin

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121114%283%29.jpg Do you trust other drivers on the road to act with your safety in mind? The prevalence of drunk driving accidents and impaired driving collisions in Chicago and the rest of Illinois suggest that you should not. Impaired drivers operated with limited faculties that make decision-making difficult and make them more likely to be the cause of an accident when they are behind the wheel. This explains why it is a crime in Illinois to drive while drunk and why these actions are treated so seriously by local police officials and state's attorneys.

But the criminal fallout from a drunk driving accident or a drugged driving collision focus on the at-fault motorist; the victim or victims who may be injured in that accident are often left to their own devices to seek the help they deserve. In Chicago, victims can do so by bringing a civil claim for damages against an at-fault driver which may include a drunk or drugged driver. Relief may provide compensation for any damages that a victim incurred including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future costs. These claims are complicated and the facts surrounding the accident can determine who may be held liable so it is a good idea for victims to speak with a personal injury lawyer to learn how the laws apply in their unique case. If your loved one was injured or killed, the right to seek relief may pass to you, and a lawyer can help you work through those scenarios as they may apply.

A fatal accident in St. Charles last month took a new turn when the suspected driver allegedly reported to police that he snorted a line of heroin shortly before driving, according to information obtained by the media. If that wasn't enough, police statements indicate that the suspect also admitted to being distracted by his cell phone at the time of the collision and that he consumed marijuana and prescription drugs the night before the incident.

The crash occurred near Route 31 and Timbers Trail last month when the suspect allegedly drifted over a center line and collided with a second vehicle in a head-on crash. The driver of the second vehicle, a 65-year-old woman, died as a result of the injuries she sustained, leading the suspect to face criminal charges for his conduct. Reports have revealed that a urine test of the suspect detected marijuana in addition to amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, and prescription drugs in his system. A search of the suspect's vehicle revealed a bag of a substance suspected to be heroin and some unidentified pills.

The suspect did not have a valid driver's license at the time of last month's accident due to a prior conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol

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December 4, 2014

Cause of Fatal Chicago Car Accident Unknown

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120414%283%29.jpgWhat kind of vehicle do you drive, if you choose to drive in Chicago? Is it an older model with limited features but a reliable ride to get you from one place to another? Or is it a newer model with every conceivable safety feature from additional airbags to exterior sensors that detect traffic and adjust the vehicle in response? Regardless of the car you drive, you are still at a risk for being involved in a car accident if you drive in Chicago or anywhere else in the nation. Car accidents take place every day and many of them lead to injuries to the drivers and passengers involved.

Rear-end accidents are more common than many other types of collisions, and fortunately, some of these crashes result only in damage to the cars involved. While it can be distressing to have a damaged car, it is nothing compared to the damage that comes when someone is hurt. Injuries from a collision often range from bruising and soft tissue damage to broken bones to head and neck injuries. In some cases, paralysis may occur or a victim may lose his or her life.

When a car accident happens, numerous officials may be involved in an investigation. Police officers and prosecuting attorneys may review the actions of the drivers involved to determine if a traffic ticket or a criminal charge should be issued. But these officials often work with an at-fault driver and attempt to seek relief for the State of Illinois; rarely do they represent the interests of victims. Instead, Illinois law and the laws of Chicago entitle victims to seek relief outside of any charges that may be issued and this help can be sought through the use of a civil claim for damages. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help you understand your legal options if you have been hurt, including whether you have a valid claim for relief.

Around 2:00 a.m. today, a single-car accident occurred in East Side and left a driver dead, according to local authorities. Officials responded near the 11900 block of South Avenue O and determined that a female driver lost control of her vehicle and left the road's surface, causing the car to strike a fence and then break through the fence. The impact forced the car to roll over and led to the driver's death.

While no conclusions have been made, officials do not believe that any other vehicles were involved at this time and they do not think that any passengers were inside the car prior to the impact.

There has been no word on what caused the driver to lose control or whether any outside forces factored into this collision, prompting officials to investigate multiple scenarios into the crash.

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December 1, 2014

Failure to Yield Possible Cause of Wilmington Car Crash

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613.jpgIf you drive in Chicago, you are required by law to observe and follow all rules of the road and traffic laws. This holds true elsewhere in Illinois and across the country, though the specific laws may vary. Failing to obey traffic rules can lead to a citation or even a crash in some cases and can lead to civil charges.

Car accidents may lead victims to sustain injuries ranging from minor to severe; in the worst cases, a victim may lose his or her life due to the result of a crash, causing damages that can never be repaired fully. Illinois law recognizes that car accidents are a serious threat to public safety and to victims, so in an effort to minimize the suffering of the innocent, the laws enable victims to seek relief through the use of a civil claim. Speaking to a personal injury lawyer in the greater Chicago area may help you understand your rights and your options if a collision has affected your life or injured your loved one.

Before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, two vehicles collided in Wilmington near Old Chicago Road and Wilmington-Peotone Road, and officials suspect that one of the cars may have failed to yield the right-of-way. The vehicles were traveling westbound and northbound and collided in the intersection and a 23-year-old driver lost her life as a result. The driver of the second vehicle, a 42-year-old woman, was injured in the accident but is expected to survive.

Local officials responded to the accident and began an investigation. They have reported that one of the cars involved had a stop sign at the intersection and that the vehicle may have failed to yield but they have not confirmed which victim was operating that car. Authorities have stated that their investigation remains open and that it may take some time before an official cause of the collision is determined.

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November 24, 2014

Chicago Crash Near Kennedy Expressway Leaves 2 Injured

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112414%283%29.jpgEvery year, Illinois takes steps to make the roads safer and to increase precautionary measures to decrease the number of car accidents that occur annually. Despite all these changes, though, collisions continue to occur and more than 250,000 collisions occurred in 2011 alone. Many of those crashes resulted in injuries to the drivers and passengers involved while others left pedestrians, bicyclists, or even motorcyclists hurt.

Most car accidents take place because one or more drivers involved make an error or fail to act safely. Under the law, this conduct may be considered negligent and may lead to legal implications for an at-fault driver. In addition to a traffic ticket or other charge, a responsible driver may be forced to bear the financial responsibility for all damages that result. These can include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other losses, depending on the specific facts of a crash. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago may help you understand your options for relief if you have been injured or if your loved one has been hurt in a crash.

Police in Chicago were alerted to a collision involving two cars near the West Ohio Street Ramp that leads to the Kennedy Expressway around 2:00 a.m. this morning. Police have not confirmed the number of people inside those two vehicles but they have reported that emergency crews on the scene evaluated three individuals and transported them to area hospitals for treatment. Though they are all expected to survive, the current conditions and the nature of the injuries sustained have not been disclosed at this time.

The ramp at issue leads to the southbound Kennedy Expressway and the collision caused some temporary traffic problems in the area. All lanes are reportedly clear at this time.

While it has been confirmed that two vehicles collided, police have not disclosed what caused the crash pending the outcome of their own investigation. That outcome may determine whether any traffic citations will be issued or whether any motorist involved will face criminal charges for this collision.

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November 20, 2014

Bob Avellini, former Bears Quarterback, Sentenced to Prison for Repeat Drunk Driving Charge

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112014%283%29.jpgExperts consider drunk driving to be one of the greatest threats to the safety of motorists on American roads. Despite the fact that it is illegal to drink and drive in all 50 states, every year, motorists continue to cause drunk driving accidents that leave others injured, or worse, killed. Many of these accidents take place in Illinois and in the city of Chicago and cause millions of dollars' worth of damages annually.

Victims may not understand what their rights are or whether they have the ability to seek relief for their losses. In truth, many victims have valid claims for their injuries that are separate and distinct from any traffic charges brought by local police or officials. The facts surrounding a collision and the parties involved may factor into your options, so if you have been involved in a crash, you may want to speak with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago to understand all of your rights.

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Bob Avellini has been arrested six times since 2002 and now is facing time in prison for his most recent brush with the law. After a felony arrest in 2013 for driving under the influence of alcohol, Avellini was recently sentenced to 18 months in an Illinois prison as punishment for the 2013 incident as well as for his prior violations of drunk driving laws. Though Avellini has been arrested six times, this most recent offense represents only his third conviction.

Avellini has claimed that hits sustained during his NFL career led him to become depressed which in turn triggered his drinking.

Known as "Slow-Mo" during his playing days, Avellini grew up in New York before playing college football at Maryland. He was the 135th pick overall in the 1975 NFL draft and began his professional NFL career with the Chicago Bears where he played until 1984. He has maintained ties to the Chicagoland area and has had many of his run-ins with the law in the city.

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November 17, 2014

Speed a Factor in Dan Ryan Accident that Caused Amputation of Victim's Hand

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111714%282%29.jpgThousands of different factors can lead to or even cause a car accident in Chicago. While the possibilities are nearly endless, some are more frequent than others. Among common collision-related factors are failing to yield the right-of-way, following too closely for safety, and ignoring a traffic control device like a traffic light or stop sign. Yet the most common factor believed to be present in accidents across the nation, though, is speeding. According to national studies and surveys, speed is believed to be a factor in nearly 50 percent of all collisions, whether it is a contributing factor or the sole cause. Despite the clear evidence that speed can be dangerous, a large number of drivers surveyed continue to admit that they speed on occasion and that they find it safer than some other traffic-related issues.

When a collision occurs, the laws in Chicago and in Illinois make it clear that the person responsible for the accident, whether it is an at-fault driver, an owner of a car, or even a corporation or company, should bear the financial costs of all the damages that result. This means that victims may be entitled to payment for their losses to help them recover financially as well as helping them secure the medical help they need. It is the right of victims to seek this compensation but these claims must be brought within a time period specified by the law, so if you have been involved in an accident, you may want to speak with a personal injury lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected if you have a valid claim.

Late Friday night, a collision occurred on the Dan Ryan Expressway near 87th Street that involved two vehicles and led to the amputation of a victim's hand, according to Illinois State Police. At this time, witnesses have reported that a vehicle driven by a 21-year-old man shortly after 10:00 p.m. was speeding when it collided with a second car driven by a 59-year-old woman. The impact send the woman's car rolling and it came to a stop on its hood. According to witnesses, the 21-year-old male driver initially left his car and ran to the car of the victim but then fled the scene when police arrived. The suspect's license plates were noted before he fled, though, and authorities arrested the man a short time later. At this time, the suspect has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident but more charges are possible depending on the outcome of a blood alcohol test and an ongoing investigation by local authorities.

The 59-year-old driver of the second vehicle was seriously injured in the accident and was transported by ambulance to an area hospital. Among her injuries was serious damage to her hand and doctors had to amputate it. Her current condition and the rest of her injuries are not known at this time.

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November 13, 2014

Star of TLC's Cake Boss Arrested for Driving While Intoxicated

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IMG_1250.jpgAre you familiar with the drunk driving laws in Chicago and across the state of Illinois? If you are like the typical driver in the city, you know the basics but many of the specifics of the laws evade you. For instance, you might know it is a crime to drive under the influence of alcohol, but you might not know how many drinks it takes to be considered under the influence. Or you might not realize that drivers under the age of 21 are not allowed to have any alcohol in their systems while they operate a vehicle because they are not legally allowed to consume that alcohol.

One major aspect of drunk driving accidents in Chicago that is not well understood by the public revolves around the rights of the victims of these crashes and what types of legal relief may be available to them. That is because it is up to each and every victim to pursue this relief and the right to receive it will be waived unless help is sought within the time period specified law. In fact, victims may be able to recover financially for all of the damages they sustain in an accident, whether their damages are in the form of medical expenses already incurred, medical treatment likely to be needed in the future, wages missed while off work and recovering, or pain and suffering. In the tragic event that a victim loses his or her life, the right to seek compensation may belong to that victim's loved ones or family members, though not amount of money can ever provide adequate payment in these cases.

A personal injury lawyer with experience representing victims of Chicago car accidents, including drunk driving crashes, may be able to help you understand your legal options and rights if a collision has affected your life.

Police in Manhattan confirmed that Buddy Valastro, best known for his starring role on the TLC show "Cake Boss," was arrested early Thursday morning in New York City. Officials confirm that Valastro was driving in the area of 10th Avenue between 20th Street and 32nd Street when the reality TV star allegedly swerved in and out of traffic. Officers initiated a stop and reportedly noticed Valastro displaying signs of intoxication including bloodshot eyes and the inability to stand on his feet without wobbling. While at the scene, police administered a blood alcohol test via a breathalyzer which Valastro allegedly failed.

Valastro is currently being charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired under local New York laws. It is unclear whether he is currently in custody or whether any additional charges may be issued at this time, though authorities confirm that they are still investigating the incident.

Valastro rose to fame with his TLC show, "Cake Boss," which chronicles a family-run bakery in his hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey. On the show, Valastro and the rest of the staff at Buddy's Bakery are known for elaborate themed cakes as well as traditional bakery items ranging from breads to cookies to classic Italian dishes.

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November 10, 2014

Chicago Rear-End Crash Injures 5

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111014%283%29.jpgDo you drive in the city of Chicago or are you an occasional passenger in a car, truck, bus, or taxi cab? If so, when you enter the vehicle, do you consider the time of day as a factor in your safety? It might sound strange but statistically, car accidents are not equally spread across the 24 hours of every day. Instead, there are times of the day and days of the week more likely to produce collisions than other. Rush hours, both in the morning and in the evening, are notorious for weekday car crashes, in part because of the large number of vehicles on the roads during these times. However, late night and early morning hours also experience significant collisions, and usually, heavy traffic does not play a role. Rather, distracted driving, motorists who are tired or sleepy, and those under the influence of alcohol or drugs are involved in collisions more often in these late hours than during the daytime, making nighttime driving risky to all who are on the roads.

Car accidents in the Chicago area may involve one or multiple vehicles and may range from the minor to the fatal. Often, it is innocent victims who are left to suffer the harm caused by a collision, whether that harm takes the form of a physical injury, pain and suffering, or even lost wages that a victim must miss. The laws in the state are on the side of victims and are designed to hold negligent drivers liable for their actions, so if a car crash has affected your life, you may want to speak with a personal injury lawyer to learn about the law as it applies to your collision and whether you have a valid claim.

Shortly before 2:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, two vehicles collided in the South Austin neighborhood of Chicago near the 5400 block of West Chicago Avenue, according to local police. Officials have reported that their investigation is ongoing but that they believe both vehicles were traveling in the same direction when the rear vehicle collided with the car in front, sending both vehicles careening out of control. The first vehicle struck a brick wall off the roadway's surface while the rear vehicle struck a pole in the area, bringing both vehicles to a stop.

Between the two vehicles, five people were injured and were in need of medical help. Four of those victims were in serious condition with undisclosed injuries, but it is not clear whether either driver involved was among the seriously hurt.

While the investigation continues, officials are trying to determine what caused the rear-end crash and whether negligence played a role. Among other factors, they are trying to determine whether speed or distraction played a role.

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November 3, 2014

Mom and 3 Children Killed after Train Collides with Car in Vandalia

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110314%282%29.jpgTrain accidents pose a significant threat to those who call Chicago home or to those who work in the city. Even if you do not travel by train, you may not be safe as many train collisions involve vehicles other than trains, like those that occur between a train and a passenger car. With numerous train lines and street-level train track crossings in Chicago, it can be a dangerous place to drive if a train is in the area.

When a train collision involves a smaller vehicle, like a car, truck, or van, those involved are likely to sustain injuries or to lose their lives because of the disadvantage in size highlighted by an impact. Cars are not constructed to withstand an impact of a train and often cars crumple in response when a crash occurs, potentially trapping victims inside the passenger compartment. While nothing can erase the damage done by these collisions, victims of crashes may be entitled to seek relief for their losses if they have been hurt. If a victim loses his or her life, the right to seek relief may belong to the victim's surviving family members and it is the right of the victims to seek compensation, meaning an at-fault company cannot prevent a recovery. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer can help you understand your options for relief if a Chicago-area train accident has affected your life.

A tragic accident occurred on Thursday evening between a train and a family in a vehicle as that family headed to a Halloween parade, according to officials in Vandalia. Police believe that a 35-year-old mother was behind the wheel of her vehicle with her four children inside when she approached a train crossing near a parade route. The train struck the vehicle on the passenger side, killing the 35-year-old mom, an 18-year-old daughter, a 13-year-old son, and a 10-year-old daughter. The three children were killed at the scene while their mother survived for some time before succumbing to her injuries.

Emergency crews responded to the scene and evaluated all victims. In addition to the 35-year-old mother, a 9-year-old son was alive but in serious condition and was transported via air ambulance to a nearby hospital. The nature and extent of the boy's injuries are not clear at this time nor is it known whether he will survive.

The train involved in the crash reportedly was 105 cars long and no one on board is believed to have been hurt. Multiple agencies are investigating this incident and trying to determine what led the vehicle and the train to be at the crossing at the same time, including whether negligence played a role or whether any other factors influenced the collision.

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