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Teen Driver, Two Chicago Police Officers Hurt in South Side Vehicle Accident

7524_slow_down-sxchu.jpgAn 18-year-old driver was recently cited for running a red light, negligent driving, driving without insurance, and damage to city property in connection with an early morning crash with a police vehicle in the Fuller Park neighborhood of Chicago. According to an accident witness, the female driver failed to stop her four-door Kia automobile at a red traffic light while headed east on 47th Street near the Dan Ryan Expressway. The Kia then reportedly collided with the driver’s side of a northbound Chicago police cruiser.

Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez stated two city police officers assigned to the traffic division were injured in the crash. Both officers allegedly suffered from whiplash and other minor injuries. One law enforcement officer was transported to Mercy Hospital for observation and the other was purportedly treated at the scene of the crash before being released. The driver of the Kia also reportedly suffered whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries. Emergency responders transported her to Saint Bernard Hospital for treatment. According to Perez, although drugs and alcohol are not suspected factors in the crash, two of the passengers in the Kia were hostile to investigators and taken into custody as a result.

Although Illinois requires all motorists to carry a minimum level of vehicle liability insurance, too many drivers are either uninsured or do not carry a sufficient level of insurance to cover the cost of the damages they cause in an accident. When a motorist, pedestrian, or bicyclist is injured in an auto accident that was caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver, the hurt person may be eligible to file a claim for damages against his or her own automobile insurance policy. Normally, an uninsured or underinsured motorist policy limit will be the same as your liability or bodily injury policy limit. In order to collect under your uninsured or underinsured motorist policy in Illinois, a number of written notices must be filed in addition to your damages claim. Because some automobile insurance issues may need to be litigated, you should contact a skilled personal injury lawyer after any crash with an uninsured or underinsured driver.

If you or a family member was hurt in a Chicago automobile accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, do not hesitate to call Abels & Annes, P.C. at (312) 475-9596. Our Chicago area car accident attorneys are ready and willing to answer your questions and help you file your injury claim. At Abels & Annes, P.C., our qualified lawyers are available to help you achieve the compensation you deserve based on the severity of your automobile accident injuries. To speak with a hardworking personal injury lawyer about your case, contact Abels & Annes, P.C. through our website today.

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Additional Resources:

2 officers, 1 other injured in car accident, by Peter Nickeas, Chicago Tribune

Teen Ticketed For Running Red Light In Crash With Police Car, Chicago.cbslocal.com

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