Stalled Van Leads to Fatal Crash in Forest Park

Car accidents are a regular sight in Chicago, especially among those who use the expressways on a regular basis. The volume of traffic on the roads, interstates, and highways means that collisions between vehicles result with some regularity. Some of those crashes are due to the weather while others may be blamed on poor road design. But in the majority of accidents, multiple factors, often including negligence, combine to result in an impact.

When a driver or a passenger is injured in a crash that is properly blamed on another, whether it is a driver, owner or a car, or even a city or town, the victim of the crash may be entitled to financial compensation for the injuries that were sustained. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your legal options following an accident, including whether you may be able to bring a civil claim for your losses.

Sometimes, a mechanical failure can occur that leaves a vehicle non-functional or otherwise interferes with a driver’s ability to maintain control of the car. According to police, that may have been what caused a serious crash on the Eisenhower Expressway that left two women dead and two other individuals injured.

The crash happened on Sunday morning at approximately 3:45 a.m. and involved a minivan and an SUV in the center lane of I-290. For reasons that are not yet clear, police believe the minivan stalled on the expressway, bringing the vehicle to a complete stop. An SUV approaching from behind collided with the rear of the minivan in what has been described as a serious crash. Two women in the minivan, including the driver, lost their lives as a result of the incident. The driver of the SUV and another passenger in the minivan were injured but were expected to survive.

No charges have been filed against the drivers involved in the crash at this time. Authorities are continuing their investigation into the incident, including the factors that led to the minivan stalling and whether the issue was preventable.

Mechanical issues can arise from a number of failures, including improperly designed parts, negligent maintenance on a vehicle, or even failing to maintain a car or truck. Understanding the cause of a mechanical failure can be very difficult and often, speaking with an expert or someone familiar with mechanical failures is the best way to learn about the possible causes of a crash.



At Abels & Annes, P.C., we believe that victims of accidents deserve to have an advocate on their side. That is why we fight for each and every one of our clients so that they can receive the best possible outcome in their cases. We are standing by 24 hours a day to take your call and to provide you with a free case consultation so that you can get the answers you deserve. If a crash has left you injured, do not continue to wonder whether you have a claim. Call us at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and let us help you get the recovery you deserve.

Prior Blog Entry:

Chicago Pedestrian Hit By Bus, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, published January 6, 2014.


2 dead in crash on Eisenhower Expressway identified, Chicago Tribune, published January 12, 2014.

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