Two people were killed when an unlicensed driver who was suspected of driving a stolen car crashed head-on into another vehicle in the western suburbs of Chicago. A 30-year-old Wisconsin woman allegedly stole a 2003 Nissan Altima and left the scene of a crash after she hit another vehicle in Geneva. The woman then allegedly led a Kane County Sheriff’s Deputy on a high-speed chase down Route 38. After the deputy determined it was unsafe to continue the pursuit, he reportedly stopped attempting to apprehend the woman near Compton Hills. Still, the woman allegedly continued driving the stolen Nissan at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Unfortunately, the woman soon collided head-on with a vehicle that was being driven by an 18-year-old Maple Park man.
The woman driving the Nissan was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Following the crash, the 18-year-old man she struck was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove by emergency helicopter. Sadly, the man reportedly died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the collision. According to police, the head-on accident also caused another crash which sent two additional drivers to local area hospitals with injuries that were deemed to be non-life threatening.
A head-on collision normally occurs when a driver fails to maintain his or her lane and travels on the wrong side of a roadway. Unfortunately, such collisions generally cause catastrophic or fatal injuries. Head-on accidents are often caused by driver inexperience, impairment, speeding, illegal passing, inattention, and defects in the design of a roadway. According to the Fatal Analysis Reporting System created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone is killed in about 82 percent of all head-on accidents nationwide.
In order to promote the safety of everyone who travels on our roadways, the Illinois Vehicle Code requires all drivers who operate a car, truck or motorcycle to obtain a driver’s license. Regrettably, some drivers choose to ignore this law to the detriment of themselves and others. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, almost 43 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois in 2011 involved an unlicensed driver. If you were injured or tragically lost a loved one in a Chicago motor vehicle accident, you should discuss your case with a skilled car accident lawyer as soon as you are able.
If you were hurt or a close relative was killed in an Illinois automobile collision, do not hesitate to give the attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. a call at (312) 475-9596 to discuss your options for recovery. Our committed Chicago car accident lawyers are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week to answer your questions and help you file your personal injury or wrongful death case. At Abels & Annes, P.C., our knowledgeable attorneys are here to assist you after an unexpected injury accident. To speak with an experienced car accident attorney today, contact Abels & Annes, P.C. through the law firm’s website.
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