Chicago car accident injures four police officers; traffic crashes a frequent cause of Chicago work accidents

Four people were hurt in a Chicago car accident Sunday night when two police cruisers were injured in a police chase in the Austin neighborhood, the Sun-Times reported.

The crash occurred at about 10:15 p.m. at Central Avenue and Washington Boulevard and involved at least two police cruisers engaged in a pursuit. Two people were in serious-to-critical condition and two others were in fair-to-serious condition. The injured were taken to Mount Sinai and John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

NBC Chicago reports that all four injured were police officers.

Car accidents are a leading cause of Chicago work accidents and work accidents nationwide. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nearly one-fourth of all fatal work accidents in 2008 were the result of highway accidents. In the private sector, 1,044 of 4,670 fatal work accidents occurred as the result of a motor vehicle crash. The public sector trends were similar.

In fact, the government reports that about half of the nearly 100 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty thus far this year have died as the result of traffic crashes.

Those injured in a car accident while on the job should consult a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer to protect their rights.

Here is the accident report from CBS2.

Here is the crash report from the Chicago Breaking News Center.

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