An early morning two-vehicle collision in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood recently claimed the life a 67-year-old woman. According to Chicago Police Officer John Mirabelli, the woman was riding in the backseat of a Volkswagon Golf that was headed south on Pulaski Street around 4:45 am when a northbound Chevrolet Blazer entered the southbound lane. The Blazer reportedly struck the passenger side of the Golf despite that the 25-year-old driver of the Volkswagon swerved in an attempt to avoid a collision.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said emergency responders transported the 67-year-old woman to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she was pronounced dead about half an hour after the wreck. The driver of the Golf was reportedly taken to the same hospital with unknown injuries. Mirabelli said a 25-year-old man who was riding in the front seat of the Volkswagon refused medical treatment.
The driver of the Blazer allegedly fled the scene of the fatal accident. Mirabelli said the man was later apprehended and interviewed by police. The cause of the wreck is currently being examined by Chicago’s Major Accident Investigation Unit. At this time, no charges have been filed against the driver of the Blazer.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 918 people were killed in Illinois traffic accidents last year. Sadly, the total number of traffic fatalities in our state in 2012 will be even higher. 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, approximately half of all driver and passenger deaths across the nation occur at night despite that only about 25 percent of vehicle miles are driven in the dark. Collisions that involved speeding or alcohol, as well as single-vehicle crashes are also reportedly more likely to take place at night.
The victim in a Chicago car accident may be entitled to receive compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, any resulting disability, and other damages. The family of someone who was killed due to the negligent actions of a motorist may also be eligible to recover for wrongful death. If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in an unexpected crash, a qualified car accident attorney can help.
If you were injured in a night-time or other auto accident, you should give the attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. a call at (312) 475-9596. Our experienced Chicago area car accident lawyers are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week to answer your questions and help you file your personal injury case. Our skilled attorneys have years of experience advocating on behalf of clients who were hurt in unexpected motor vehicle accidents throughout the Chicago Metro. To speak with a committed personal injury lawyer today, please contact Abels & Annes, P.C. through our website.
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