Driver Killed, Passenger Injured in Northwest Chicago Crash on Kennedy Expressway

A 25-year-old Chicago woman was killed and her passenger was hospitalized after she allegedly drove into a number of crash barrels on the Kennedy Expressway near Harlem Avenue. According to Illinois State Police Trooper Chris Asmar, the woman appeared to have unexpectedly lost control of the Honda Accord she was driving while traveling at a high rate of speed in the left lane of the highway. The vehicle reportedly bounced off of a wall of the expressway and came to rest in the opposite shoulder.

Following the collision, emergency responders transported a 24-year-old male passenger to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment. In addition, a spokesperson for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said the woman was pronounced dead at Resurrection Medical Center about half an hour after the early morning accident occurred. The exact cause of the fatal crash is currently under investigation. Asmar stated weather does not appear to have played a role in the collision and both people riding in the Honda were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Sadly, single-vehicle crashes like this one occur frequently in the Chicago Metro. Malfunctioning automobiles, swerving to avoid a wreck, road hazards, and weather are common causes for such collisions. In addition, a passenger in a vehicle that was driven by a distracted or impaired driver may become the victim of an injury wreck. In 2011, 532 people were killed in single-vehicle accidents in Illinois. That means more than half of the 918 fatal crashes throughout the state involved only one automobile. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the bulk of those crashes occurred in cities like Chicago.

In some cases, a motor vehicle manufacturer, another driver, a city, and others may be held responsible for the injuries that resulted from a one-car accident. If you were hurt through no fault of your own in a single-car crash, you may be entitled to compensation for the cost of your medical care, physical therapy, pain and suffering, disability, lost wages, and more. Because Illinois is a comparative negligence accident state, you may be able to recover damages for any injuries sustained in a single-vehicle collision even if you were partially to blame. If you have questions, you should contact a hardworking car accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options for recovery.

If you were hurt in a single-vehicle or other automobile crash, do not hesitate to give the attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. a call at (312) 475-9596. Our committed Chicago Metro 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 dedicated attorneys have years of experience advocating on behalf of clients who were hurt in unexpected accidents throughout Chicago. To speak with a capable personal injury lawyer today, please contact Abels & Annes, P.C. through our website.

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Additional Resources:

Chicago woman killed in Kennedy crash, by Rosemary Regina Sobol, Chicago Tribune

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