Red light and other traffic violations are some of the most dangerous types of driving maneuvers. This negligent conduct leads to numerous Illinois car accidents every year. Motorists who violate traffic signals and red lights may face significant civil and criminal charges, depending on the circumstances that led to their negligent conduct. While these accidents can cause harm on any roadway, it is particularly dangerous in urban and crowded areas such as Chicago.
For instance, local news reports recently described a harrowing Chicago accident involving a red light violation. According to reports, a 26-year-old man driving a Chrysler ran a red light, crossed into an intersection, and slammed into a 23-year-old driver who had a passenger in his vehicle. The impact caused the Chrysler to spin and slam into a 52-year-old pedestrian. Residents tried to help the woman; however, the impact severed a gas line, preventing residents from saving her. The woman’s husband ran out of his home to try and save her; however, she died from her injuries. The 23-year-old man got himself and the baby out of his vehicle through the sunroof, and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The Chrysler driver fled the scene of the accident, but police later apprehended him.
Establishing civil negligence is a critical part of any case involving traffic violations. Even in cases where a driver receives a citation or ticket, the plaintiff must still meet all of the elements of a negligence claim. Certain types of evidence can bolster a victim’s claims and aid in establishing the extent of losses and damages. Some pieces of evidence in a Chicago accident case may include: