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:
- Accident scene photos of property damage
- Medical documentation of physical and psychological injuries
- Medical records and statements from treating physicians
- Traffic camera data and footage
- Witness statements
- An attorney can assist clients in conducting a thorough investigation and presenting a compelling case to an insurance company, judge, or jury.
These cases require an in-depth and nuanced understanding of complex state and federal laws and regulations. For instance, courts may dismiss a case for a party’s failure to meet the statute of limitations, a filing notice, evidentiary requirements, or another similar reason. A plaintiff represented by an attorney has the best possible chance at recovering damages after an Illinois car accident.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Chicago Car Accident
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries or died in an Illinois car accident, contact Abels & Annes, P.C. Our team’s Chicago personal injury attorneys have extensive experience successfully advocating on behalf of and representing hundreds of seriously injured people. Our office handles claims involving Chicago bicycle, bus, boating, and car accidents, catastrophic injuries, construction accidents, insurance disputes, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. We have collected millions for our clients and their families. Our Chicago accident attorneys have a detailed and comprehensive understanding of complex personal injury laws. Contact our office 24/7 at 312-924-7575 for a free consultation with an attorney on our team.