A 26-year-old woman died and two others were hurt in a recent single-vehicle crash in Chicago’s Calumet Heights neighborhood. According to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines, the driver of a sedan was speeding around 4 am when she lost control of the vehicle near the intersection of East 88th Street and South Chicago Avenue. After leaving the roadway, the automobile reportedly struck a nearby pole head-on. Police stated a 27-year-old woman was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with critical injuries following the crash. In addition, paramedics purportedly took a 22-year-old woman to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in stable condition. A representative for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said the 26-year-old was transported to Advocate Trinity Hospital where she was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after the collision occurred.
Gaines stated the cause of the deadly crash is currently under investigation. It is unclear whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the fatal incident. Additionally, it is unknown whether any of the occupants of the sedan were wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.
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, about half of all motorist and passenger deaths across the country occur at night despite that only about one-fourth of all vehicle miles are driven in the dark. Crashes that involved speeding or alcohol, as well as single-vehicle collisions are also allegedly more apt to occur in the dark.
An individual who was hurt in a Chicago traffic accident may be eligible to receive compensation for suffering and pain, medical expenses, any resulting disability, lost wages and benefits, and other damages. The family of someone who was tragically killed due to the careless actions of a driver may also be entitled to recover for their loved one’s wrongful death. If you were injured or a close relative was killed in an unexpected motor vehicle crash, a skilled car accident lawyer can help.
If you were hurt or a loved one died in an unexpected traffic accident in the Chicago Metro, please contact the capable attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. Our dedicated Chicago area car accident lawyers are available 24 hours per day, every day of the week to answer any questions you may have and help you file your personal injury or wrongful death claim. Our knowledgeable attorneys have years of experience advocating on behalf of clients who were hurt or lost a family member in a Chicago motor vehicle collision. To speak with an experienced car accident attorney, you should give the lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. a call at (312) 475-9596 today.
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