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One Man Killed, Two Others Critically Hurt When Elderly Driver Loses Control of SUV on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago

145317_car_accidents_1-sxchu-username-victorward.jpgIn early February, one man was killed and two other people were critically injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago. According to Illinois State Police Sergeant Robert Satkiewicz, a 51-year-old man was pinned in his parked automobile after it was struck by an elderly motorist driving a sport utility vehicle. The accident allegedly occurred in the right-hand emergency lane of the roadway near 95th Street. After emergency responders freed him from the accident wreckage, the 51-year-old man was transported to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he reportedly died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash. The deceased man’s passenger and another individual who was reportedly standing outside of the car when the accident occurred were taken by ambulance to the same hospital in critical condition. Satkiewicz stated that paramedics transported the elderly driver to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for observation following the deadly incident.

It is currently unclear why the deceased man’s automobile was parked on the shoulder of the expressway. While the exact cause of the South Side traffic accident is still under investigation, Satkiewicz said law enforcement officials do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

Although tragic collisions such as this one may occur for any number of reasons, many drivers who travel on roadways throughout the Chicago Metro are distracted by mobile telephones, passengers, eating, or other causes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 416,000 people throughout the nation were injured in a motor vehicle crash that resulted from distracted driving in 2010 alone. Regrettably, over 3,000 individuals were killed that year due to the actions of a distracted motorist. In addition, the NHTSA claims the risk of a car accident is 23 times higher when a driver is reading or sending a text message.

If you were injured or someone close to you was killed in a collision that was caused by a distracted or other driver, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation for your harm or loss. Contact the dedicated attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. today if you were hurt in an unexpected automobile wreck. Our hardworking Chicago Metro car accident lawyers are available 24 hours per day, seven days of the week to answer your questions and help you file your personal injury or wrongful death claim. Our capable attorneys have years of experience advocating on behalf of clients who were injured by another motorist throughout the Chicago Metro. To speak with an experienced car accident lawyer, please give the attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. a call at (312) 475-9596.

More Blogs:

Elderly Evanston Driver Dies Following One-Car Crash in Skokie, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, February 11, 2013
Two Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver While Changing a Tire in Chicago’s Ashburn Neighborhood, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, February 9, 2013
Additional Resources:

1 Dead, 2 Critical After Dan Ryan Crash, Chicago.cbslocal.com

State police: 1 dead, 2 hospitalized after Dan Ryan crash, Chicago Tribune

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