Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog

Posted On: March 31, 2013

Man Faces Criminal Charges for Providing Alcohol to 17 Year Old Girl Later Hit by Car


A southwest suburban teen died Monday, three days after she was hit by a car. According to a statement from Olympia Fields police, the girl had been wandering down the middle of the 3600 block of Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30) in Olympia Fields at five in the morning. Police told the girl's family that her blood alcohol content level was high, perhaps providing an explanation for why she was in the middle of the road. Police also said that they had received multiple 911 calls regarding a person walking in the middle of the roadway before the girl was hit.

Members of the girl's family told reporters that the girl had suffered in the hospital for three days following the accident. In attempts to save her life, doctors reportedly had to revive her five times. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, the girl was pronounced dead at 3:31 p.m. Monday at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

A 21 year old man is being criminally charged for allegedly purchasing alcohol for the girl before the accident occurred. Police said that before the girl was involved in the accident, they believe she was at a party at the man's house, where alcohol was present.

Police said that the Park Forest man was charged with with one count of providing liquor to a minor and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

In addition to these criminal charges, the man could potentially face a civil law suit from the girl's family. The act of providing alcohol to the girl may give rise to a wrongful death claim. Generally speaking, if an accident results in a fatality, a wrongful death claim may be brought by the family of the deceased when the negligence of another party caused his or her death. Wrongful death suits are usually brought against the parties directly responsible for causing the death, such as the driver of the car his or herself. If successful, a wrongful death claim can provide a family with compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of earnings of the deceased, funeral expenses, and in some cases punitive damages.

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Posted On: March 28, 2013

Young Woman Dead After Vehicle Plunges into Icy Pond in Aurora

A 20 year old woman is dead and three others have been hospitalized after the vehicle they were driving in dove into a retention pond in Aurora last Saturday evening.freezing%20water.jpg

According to police, the accident occurred at around 7:30 in the evening. The car was travelling on the eastbound exit ramp of Interstate 88 at Eola road, when something caused the vehicle to leave the roadway.

The vehicle was upside down in the water when the first responders arrived at the scene. The three individuals who were hospitalized sustained what are believed to be non life-threatening injuries. Divers had to search the freezing pond for hours in order to locate the fourth woman, whom they found at around 3 a.m. the following morning.

The interstate's exit ramp was closed for several hours following the crash, allowing authorities time to investigate. Police have not revealed information regarding what may have caused the vehicle to leave the road.

Based on the incredibly limited information surrounding the circumstances of the crash, there are several different potential causes. These potential causes include slick or icy road conditions, texting while driving, distracted driving, or some other intervening cause or distraction which might have caused the driver to have to over correct or steer suddenly off of the road.

Anyone who fails to use reasonable care while operating a car, truck, motorcycle, or other vehicle in our state may be guilty of negligence. An individual who was hurt as a result of another motorist’s negligence may be entitled to receive financial compensation for damages such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and disability. If you were hurt in an unexpected car accident, contact a skilled car accident attorney to help you file your personal injury claim.

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Posted On: March 26, 2013

Single-Vehicle Accident Kills Man and Woman in Calumet Park

A 24 year old man and 22 year old women are dead following a tragic single vehicle car accident which happened early Sunday morning in southern suburban Calumet Park.

The Illinois State Police released a statement indicating that both the driver and a passenger of a blue 1997 Oldsmobile died in the accident at 4:30 a.m. on northbound Interstate Highway 57 at 127th Street. Authorities further stated that the driver was traveling too fast for the road conditions. This caused the car to roll over, at some point hitting a guard rail and a concrete support.

overpass.jpgAccording to the statement, the two victims were believed to have been wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Authorities believe that the accident may have been alcohol-related.

The vehicle was absolutely decimated from the crash, as shown in the pictures and video preview provided by the Chicago Tribune. This tragedy serves as an important reminder for drivers to observe relevant traffic and safety laws, and to adjust speed based on relevant traffic conditions. Drivers should be especially vigilant at the times of day when sunlight can affect visibility, such as sunrise or sunset, and alternatively when there is little to no sunlight. Spring showers can also make roadways especially slippery.

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Posted On: March 25, 2013

Should the use of Google Glass be illegal while driving in Illinois?

As early as the end of this year, people will be able to start purchasing a new product called Google Glass, a.k.a. Google glasses. The product is eye-wear that acts as a head mounted computer. With various voice commands you can surf the web, send a message, check the weather, take photos and video, and get directions.

While you cannot buy this product yet, there has already been a law proposed to ban it's use while driving. A legislator in West Virginia, Gary Howell has proposed HB 3037, which adds language to the state's texting law to make illegal the act of "using a wearable computer with head mounted display" while driving.

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The Republican legislator is quoted as saying that he likes the idea of the Google glasses and believes they are a product of the future, however he believes that the use of the product is a form of distracted driving. He also thinks that younger and more inexperienced drivers are more likely to use the product and that the glasses could lead to motor vehicle accidents. He argues that we all know there has been many fatal accidents caused by texting and driving, and that he and his fellow lawmakers fought very hard to ban texting while driving in West Virginia.

I have not been able to find any articles on his proposed law where he or any other legislator talk about research or testing to back up his theory of increased accidents. Google on the other hand is stating they believe their product could reduce accidents. Google Glass uses hands-free technology and is voice activated. In theory, as a driver uses the product they would not have to take their eyes off the road.

The Google glasses have voice-activated turn by turn navigation. So instead of having to push buttons on your dashboard and having to look down to your right for navigation, you can just communicate to the head-mounted display your final destination, and you will be instructed where to go without taking your eyes off the roadway.

When I drive, I find that using my iPhone is significantly easier than onboard navigation. It is easier to use, and I can hold the navigation screen up higher, or mount it on my dashboard, so when I look at it the road is still in front of me. Google Glass seems to take that step further. I would never have to take my eyes off the road in theory.

Outlawing the use of Google Glass while driving concerns me without more research. Texting while driving is illegal in many states, however research shows many teenagers ignore the new laws and the statutes are difficult to enforce. With the Google product, teens could send messages verbally without ever taking their eyes off the roadway. In reality, the Google glasses could save lives with new safety technology, however the proposed law in West Virginia could prevent those lives from being saved.

I can only hope there will be research on this issue before the product comes on the market, and as a car crash lawyer I am very interested in seeing the results.

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Posted On: March 23, 2013

4 Chicago Area Teens Killed in Weather Related Crash

Four Chicago area teenagers were killed in a tragic car accident last week, when their car plummeted into a rain-filled creek.


The victims left their homes early Monday evening. Their bodies were found in an overturned car in Forked Creek, near Wilmington. Police arrived at the creek around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, after a school bus driver had reported a broken guard rail and a wheel sticking out of the water. Authorities had been searching for the group since one family had reported their child as missing late Monday evening, when the teens did not return.

The Will County Sheriff's spokesman said in a statement that it appears the accident was weather-related. He speculated that there may have been a significant amount of runoff on the roadway right before the bridge, which could have been the cause for the horrific crash.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, even though deadly crashes have been on the decline for years, traffic accidents remain the leading cause of death for people ages 13-19. Statewide, car accidents remain the main cause of death to teenagers. Nationwide, total deaths have dropped from 8,748 in 1975 to 3,115 in 2010, according to the Insurance Institute. Yet, the risk of even being involved in a car accident is three times higher for teens than for older drivers.

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Posted On: March 21, 2013

Man Killed After His Car Rammed Off of the Road onto I-57 in Washington Heights Neighborhood

A 31 year old man was killed last week, when the car he was driving was forced off of the road by barricade.jpgan SUV driving next to him, causing the car to careen off of the road and down an embankment. The SUV which was believed to be the cause of the wreck, was found abandoned on a nearby street still running. There is little information at this point in time regarding the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The driver of the SUV fled the scene, and it is unclear if anyone else was involved in the crash. Witnesses told the police that the vehicle was airborne at some point before crashing to the ground.

The victim of the crash was believed to have been in a silver Dodge Stratus, though it remains unclear whether he was a driver or passenger in the vehicle. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Authorities revealed that they are unsure as to who the owners of the SUV and the Stratus are. Both vehicles have sustained damage to their steering columns, which could indicate that they were stolen at some point in time. Additionally, the SUV has temporary tags, but the individual to whom it is registered does not reside at the address on the registration. The victim of the accident did not own a car.

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Posted On: March 18, 2013

Unlicensed Driver Charged in Chicago DUI Accident that Killed Pedestrian

449483_pedestrians_beware_of_nukes%20sxchu%20username%20ulsen.jpgA Chicago man was charged with aggravated driving under the influence (DUI) after he allegedly drove into a group of pedestrians waiting to cross a street on the Northwest Side of Chicago. According to the Chicago Police Department, the 42-year-old driver was headed north on Central Avenue near Belmont Street at about 12:45 am when he purportedly struck a parked car and drove into the pedestrians. Following the crash, a 36-year-old woman suffered a broken hip and a 32-year-old woman was reportedly treated at Loyola University Medical Center for bleeding in her brain. Additionally, a 25-year-old woman was purportedly transported to Mount Sinai Hospital with a head injury. Although paramedics transported a 38-year-old man to Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, he was unfortunately pronounced dead shortly after the accident.

Police stated the driver fled the accident scene and was apprehended about one mile away after he reportedly crashed into a vehicle that was stopped at a traffic signal. According to Cook County prosecutors, the 42-year old man had a blood alcohol content of .20, more than twice the legal limit of .08 in Illinois. In addition, the man was allegedly driving without a valid license to operate a motor vehicle at the time of the incident. The motorist was charged with several counts of aggravated DUI, driving without a license, and failure to report a fatal collision. Police stated the motorist admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana before the deadly traffic wreck.

Unlicensed motorists are allegedly five times more likely to be involved in a fatal traffic accident than drivers who have a valid operator’s license. Illinois Highway Safety Coalition data states that unlicensed and uninsured motorists are involved in about 80,000 vehicle crashes throughout the state every year. In 2011, about 48,000 tickets were issued in Cook County alone to motorists who did not possess a valid operator’s license.

Unfortunately, vehicle collisions are bound to occur. Still, completely preventable factors like motorist impairment, speeding, and driver inattention often result in a serious or deadly traffic accident. Despite that Illinois law prohibits unlicensed drivers from operating a car, truck, motorcycle, or other vehicle on roadways in our state, many individuals choose to get behind the wheel anyway. If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a crash that was caused by an unlicensed or impaired driver, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation for any damages you incurred as a result. A quality car accident lawyer can help.

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Posted On: March 15, 2013

One Killed, Two Others Hurt in Negligent Calumet Heights Single-Vehicle Crash

1406393_telephone_wires%20sxchu%20username%20JosephHart.jpgA 26-year-old woman died and two others were hurt in a recent single-vehicle crash in Chicago’s Calumet Heights neighborhood. According to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines, the driver of a sedan was speeding around 4 am when she lost control of the vehicle near the intersection of East 88th Street and South Chicago Avenue. After leaving the roadway, the automobile reportedly struck a nearby pole head-on. Police stated a 27-year-old woman was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with critical injuries following the crash. In addition, paramedics purportedly took a 22-year-old woman to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in stable condition. A representative for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said the 26-year-old was transported to Advocate Trinity Hospital where she was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after the collision occurred.

Gaines stated the cause of the deadly crash is currently under investigation. It is unclear whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the fatal incident. Additionally, it is unknown whether any of the occupants of the sedan were wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that fatal accidents like this one are three times more likely to occur when it is dark outside than during the day. In fact, about half of all motorist and passenger deaths across the country occur at night despite that only about one-fourth of all vehicle miles are driven in the dark. Crashes that involved speeding or alcohol, as well as single-vehicle collisions are also allegedly more apt to occur in the dark.

An individual who was hurt in a Chicago traffic accident may be eligible to receive compensation for suffering and pain, medical expenses, any resulting disability, lost wages and benefits, and other damages. The family of someone who was tragically killed due to the careless actions of a driver may also be entitled to recover for their loved one’s wrongful death. If you were injured or a close relative was killed in an unexpected motor vehicle crash, a skilled car accident lawyer can help.

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Posted On: March 13, 2013

Chicago Man Charged With Driving While Uninsured Following Fatal Alsip Accident

232052_semi-truck_2%20sxchu%20username%20jpsdg.jpgA Chicago man was charged with failure to reduce speed and driving an uninsured vehicle in connection with a January crash that killed his passenger in suburban Alsip. The 32-year-old man was allegedly driving a Ford Taurus south on Cicero Avenue near 128th Street when he struck the trailer of a semi from behind. According to police, the Taurus became trapped beneath the trailer and local fire personnel were forced to extricate the driver and his 37-year-old passenger from the wreckage. Following the accident, both occupants of the Taurus were reportedly taken to Oak Lawn’s Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition. The female passenger purportedly died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the early morning collision almost one week later. The driver of the semi was allegedly uninjured in the traffic wreck.

At this time, no court date has been set for the man charged in the accident because he reportedly remains hospitalized. Police stated alcohol did not play a role in the fatal collision. Unfortunate and deadly car accidents like this one occur often throughout the Chicago Metro. According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation, 957 people were killed in an Illinois traffic accident in 2012. Sadly, the total number of traffic fatalities in our state this year may be even higher.

Although Illinois requires all drivers to carry a minimum level of motor vehicle liability insurance, many motorists are either uninsured or do not carry a sufficient level of insurance to cover the cost of the damages they may cause in a traffic accident. When a driver, passenger, pedestrian, or bicyclist is injured in a car crash that was caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver, the victim may be entitled to file a claim for damages against his or her own automobile insurance policy or the policy of a member of the same household. In order to collect from your Illinois uninsured or underinsured motorist policy, several written notices must be filed in addition to any damages claim. Because some insurance issues may need to be litigated, you are advised to contact a skilled personal injury lawyer after any traffic wreck that was caused by an uninsured or underinsured motorist.

Due to the fact that the driver was uninsured in this matter, once an injury law firm gets involved they will have to carefully look at police reports and determine if there was any contributory fault on the part of the truck driver. For example, whether there was any type of equipment violation that could have contributed to the accident.

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Posted On: March 11, 2013

Carol Stream Woman Killed in Rear-End Crash Caused by Alleged Drunk Driver on I-290 in Chicago

172435_accident_2%20sxchu%20username%20kkiser.jpgA 29-year-old Carol Stream woman was recently killed in an early morning crash on the Eisenhower Expressway. According to Illinois State Police, the woman stopped her Nissan Altima in the emergency lane of eastbound Interstate 290 near Kostner Avenue around 5:45 am. Soon after, she was allegedly struck from behind by a Mazda 6 that was traveling at a high rate of speed. Following the crash, the driver of the Nissan was reportedly taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital. Sadly, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office stated the 29-year-old was pronounced dead around 7 am. The deceased woman’s passenger and a passenger in the Mazda were allegedly taken to the same hospital with serious injuries. Paramedics purportedly transported the driver of the Mazda to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

The cause of the deadly accident is reportedly under investigation by the Illinois State Police. It is currently unclear why the deceased woman stopped her vehicle in the emergency shoulder. According to authorities, the driver of the Mazda was under the influence of alcohol when the collision occurred. Police also reportedly believe speed played a role in the fatal traffic wreck. Charges are allegedly now pending against the driver of the Mazda.

Unfortunately, rear-end traffic accidents are common throughout Chicago. A motorist or other occupant in an automobile that was hit from behind may suffer severe head trauma, back and neck injuries, a spinal cord injury, broken bones, and other trauma such as whiplash. As was sadly the case in this instance, rear-end collisions may also result in permanent injury and death. The victim in a Chicago area rear-end crash may be eligible to recover financial compensation for lost wages and benefits, any disability that resulted from the collision, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other damages. Certain relatives of an individual who was killed in such a collision may also be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Most rear-end crashes are caused by a driver who was following too closely, speeding, or who simply failed to remain attentive. Too often, automobile insurance companies work hard to reject the honest personal injury claims of drivers and passengers who had the misfortune of being struck from behind by another motorist. If you were hurt in an unexpected traffic accident, contact a skilled personal injury lawyer to discuss your right to recovery in more detail.

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Posted On: March 8, 2013

How the Google Car might put auto accident lawyers and others out of business, for all the right reasons

Lately I've been reading a lot about the Google car, a vehicle that drives itself. While it sounds too good to be true, the car is currently being tested. Once the car arrives it could have far-reaching implications across the world.

Why will the car put me out of business? Because I am a car accident lawyer and if the technology in this car is implemented throughout United States we should see a 90% drop in auto accidents.

Across the world, it is estimated that around 1.2 million people die in accidents each year and 50,000,000+ are injured. This number should grow as the population grows. Self driven vehicles could significantly decrease these fatalities and injuries, and the various costs associated with accidents.

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The above YouTube video shows how a Google test car is changing the life of a man who is 95% blind.

The car is expected to also reduce wasted drive time and energy by 90%, and reduce the number of cars on the road by 90%. Here's a brief overview as to how the vehicle will reduce your commute time. The technology in the vehicle will allow for higher speeds, allow cars to travel in very close proximity to each other, and the vehicles will choose more effective routes.

It is estimated that every year Americans waste 1.9 billion gallons of gas and 4.8 billion hours of time sitting in traffic. That could soon change.

Here's another possible savings: the Google car could lessen or eliminate the need to own your own vehicle. Theoretically you could share vehicles with a group of people. A driverless car would have the ability to move to where it is needed on its own, parking itself somewhere when it's not being used.

For many people, after their home a car is the item that costs the most. With self driven vehicles, you could theoretically use a shared vehicle when needed and just pay by the mile. It would be similar to using a Zipcar, except the car would come to your location.

Who are the losers?

Obviously Google is a huge winner under this scenario. The value of this technology should be worth trillions of dollars, and I'm not complaining. If things go the way Google envisions, I say line up all of their executives and give them Nobel peace prizes.

That being said, many people are going to take serious financial hits if self driven vehicles become the norm. I already mentioned that personal injury lawyers will take a huge hit. Most personal injury practices are largely based on auto related injuries. But who else is going to feel the financial pain?

1. Auto insurance carriers. No auto accidents means no need for auto insurance policies (for the most part). We will still need auto insurance for the estimated 10% of accidents that will still occur.

2. Auto body repair shops. If there are no accidents, there will be little need for car repair shops.

3. Medical practices and emergency rooms. A huge portion of business for orthopedic medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, emergency rooms, etc. comes from auto related accidents. Most of this business would disappear.

4. Health insurance carriers. With far less people needing serious medical care due to accidents, health insurance companies will not be able to justify large premiums for long. Prices should be drastically reduced, along with health insurance profits.

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Posted On: March 7, 2013

Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer May Have Been Speeding Prior to Fatal Rollover Accident

402911_i-5_seattle%20sxchu%20username%20bvasquez.jpgAn off-duty officer with the Chicago Police Department was recently killed in a tragic rollover accident on the South Side of Chicago. The 31-year-old woman was reportedly driving her sport utility vehicle on the Chicago Skyway around 10:30 pm when she struck a concrete barrier near 81st Street. According to a spokesperson for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the single-vehicle crash.

The exact cause of the fatal wreck is purportedly under investigation by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Investigation Unit. A crash witness reportedly told police that the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed immediately prior to the accident. At this time, it is unclear whether alcohol or drugs played a factor in the deadly rollover collision.

Fatal one-car traffic wrecks like this one occur all too often in the Chicago area. A malfunctioning vehicle, swerving to avoid unexpected road hazards, speeding, and inclement weather are common causes for such crashes. Additionally, a careless, distracted, or impaired motorist may also cause an injury accident. In 2011, 532 people died as a result of a single-vehicle collision in the State of Illinois. That means more than half of the 918 fatal traffic wrecks throughout the state involved only one automobile. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests the bulk of those one-car crashes occurred in cities like Chicago.

In some cases, an auto manufacturer, a city, another motorist, and others may be held responsible for the injuries that resulted from a single-vehicle crash. Our office often represents passengers that have been injured in single car accident. As a passenger, you are typically considered free of negligence.

If you were hurt through no fault of your own in a one-car traffic wreck, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses, physical therapy, pain and suffering, any resulting disability, lost wages and benefits, and more. Because Illinois is a comparative negligence accident state, you may be able to recover damages for any harm you sustained in a single-vehicle crash even if you were somehow partially to blame. A hardworking car accident lawyer can explain your options for recovery in more detail.

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Posted On: March 4, 2013

School Bus Crashes into Multiple Vehicles in Suburban Niles

1363811_wheels_on_a_bus%20sxchu%20username%20johnnyberg.jpgA school bus reportedly struck several vehicles in a chain-reaction crash that occurred in suburban Niles. According to Park Ridge Fire Deputy Chief Jeff Sorensen, at least five crashes took place on Oakton Street between Prospect Avenue and Greenwood Avenue along the border between the towns of Park Ridge and Niles. Sorensen said the westbound bus allegedly hit several vehicles and kept traveling. In addition, at least one vehicle was reportedly struck head-on and another caught fire. Still another automobile was allegedly forced into a nearby house where it purportedly caused structural damage to the garage.

The exact cause of the incident is now under investigation by the Park Ridge Police Department. Authorities stated the chain of crashes may have resulted from a medical emergency that involved the school bus driver. Thankfully, the school bus was not carrying any children at the time of the traffic wreck. Sorensen stated paramedics transported at least one adult to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge with undisclosed injuries following the accident.

Although there were no children on board the school bus involved in this particular incident, a situation like this could have resulted in tragedy. Data from the Illinois Department of Transportation states there were 2,418 school bus crashes throughout Illinois in 2008. As a result of those accidents, 123 students and 99 school bus drivers were injured. Since students generally do not wear seat belts while riding school buses, the injuries children may suffer in a collision can be catastrophic or fatal. Common injuries children may suffer during a school bus crash include back, neck, and traumatic brain injuries, and fractured bones. The parents of a student who was injured while riding a school bus in Illinois may bring a lawsuit on behalf of their child in order to recover medical expenses, suffering and pain, loss of normal life, and a number of other damages. If your child was hurt in a Chicago area school bus wreck, you are advised to discuss your case with a skilled personal injury lawyer immediately.

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Posted On: March 2, 2013

Woman Killed in Suspected DUI Crash on Western Avenue in Chicago

1209276_cold_beer_glass_isolated_on_white%20sxchu%20username%20engindeniz.jpgA suspected drunk driving crash on Western Avenue has taken the life of a 26-year-old woman. According to Chicago police, a 33-year-old man was driving a four-door Saturn south on the roadway around 2:15 am when the car struck a viaduct, flipped, and split in two. The single-vehicle accident reportedly ejected the man’s female passenger from the car. Although paramedics transported the woman to Mount Sinai Hospital, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office stated she was pronounced dead about three hours after the collision occurred.

The cause of the fatal wreck is currently under investigation by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Investigations Unit. Chicago Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said the driver of the Saturn was treated for minor cuts and bruises and released from a local hospital. Despite that charges have not been filed, Mirabelli stated police believe alcohol played a role in the deadly incident.

Since 2009, motorists who are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in Illinois have the option to have an ignition interlock device installed in their automobile in lieu of a license suspension. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is reportedly in favor of ignition interlock device laws like those passed in Illinois. Recently, NTSB officials stated ignition interlock devices should be installed in the personal vehicle of anyone accused of DUI. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman reportedly believes that ignition interlock device laws could decrease or eliminate what is currently the number one preventable cause of traffic fatalities across the country.

According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, about 50,000 drivers are taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in our state annually. In addition, approximately 80 percent of motorists who are arrested are first-time DUI offenders. As demonstrated by this sad case, the victim of a motor vehicle crash that was caused by an impaired motorist may suffer catastrophic injuries or untimely death. Although a drunk or drugged driver may be held criminally liable, he or she should also be held financially responsible for any harm that resulted from a DUI wreck.

If you were hurt in a car accident that was caused by an impaired driver, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, suffering and pain, any resulting disability, and a variety of other damages. If you lost a family member in a traffic collision with a drunk or drugged motorist, you may also be entitled to file a lawsuit to recover for your loved one’s wrongful death. A skilled Chicago car accident attorney can discuss your rights with you in more detail.

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