Chicago, IL (July 18, 2020) – One person was killed following a hit-and-run accident early on Friday morning, July 17. The collision occurred in the Chicago area on Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90). According to local sources, the incident occurred in the outbound lanes of the highway near 83rd Street. A pedestrian was on the roadway when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.
Local authorities reported that the incident took place just past midnight at around 12:04 a.m. The driver involved in the crash fled the scene of the accident and also abandoned his vehicle on the highway. The injured victim had reportedly exited their vehicle for unknown reasons before they were struck. Emergency response units were called to the scene to render aid to the injured victim. They reportedly suffered fatal injuries in the crash and were later pronounced dead.
The cause of the crash is still unknown. Authorities are currently seeking information on the identity of the driver involved in the accident. An ongoing investigation into the crash is being managed by the Chicago Police Department. As it continues, more information will be made public.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Deadly Hit-&-Run Accidents in Chicago
According to statistics from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than one hit-and-run accident is reported every hour across the United States. In 2016, these accidents resulted in a reported 2,049 fatalities, marking the highest-reported hit-and-run fatality figure ever recorded. This is also a 60% increase from 2009. These crashes can result in life-threatening injuries because victims may be unable to pursue much needed medical attention.
Since 2006, an average of 682,000 hit-and-run crashes happen annually across the country. Statistics show that around 65% of those killed in hit-and-run accidents were pedestrians or cyclists. An estimated 20% of pedestrian fatalities are due to hit-and-run collisions. The rate of hit-and-run crashes has increased steadily by an average of 7.2% each year since 2009.
Family members are often left reeling after a loved one’s life is tragically cut short due to the negligence of another, and recovering can be a difficult battle for surviving family members who are left to pick up the pieces. It is only natural to want to grieve, and pursuing a lawsuit is usually the least of their concerns. However, an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can potentially help your family recover financial compensation resulting from your devastating loss.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we take the utmost care and deliberation to do everything possible to obtain compensation for our clients after they have suffered the loss of a dear family member. Our Illinois wrongful death attorneys can support your family through this difficult time and bring you some peace of mind, while making sure that the at-fault party is held responsible. Contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 if you have unfairly lost a family member in a deadly Chicago pedestrian accident.
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