Chicago, IL (August 8, 2020) – Four people, including two officers from the Chicago Police Department, were injured following a vehicle collision in the Lawndale area of Chicago early on Saturday morning, August 8. The collision took place at around 1:38 a.m. at the 1900 block of S. Pulaski Road near W. 19th Street.
Initial reports revealed that the officers were traveling northbound in a patrol vehicle on S. Pulaski road at the time of the accident. At the same time, a 2003 Dodge van traveling southbound on the roadway attempted to make a turn onto W. 19th Street. The vehicle reportedly cut in front of the patrol car, colliding with the officers’ vehicle.
Both officers were taken to a nearby medical facility for the treatment of head injuries. The 26-year-old male driver and 26-year-old female passenger of the Dodge were transported to Stroger Hospital in serious condition. Both occupants also sustained head injuries in the crash.
At this time, charges are pending against the driver of the van. No further updates on the collision are available at this time.
Area Four detectives are currently investigating the incident.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Left-Turn Crashes in Chicago
Failing to yield the right of way is a significant contributor to serious collisions across Chicago. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Association, making a left turn is a critical pre-crash event and is involved in roughly 22.2% of reported collisions each year. Intersections are a magnet for serious car accidents, accounting for roughly 40% of reported vehicle collisions reported annually. Around 61% of intersection crashes involving drivers making left-hand turns. When drivers act recklessly on the road and fail to yield the right of way when necessary, they risk injuring themselves and others in serious car accidents.
If you have been injured in a Chicago car crash, you have the right to pursue a negligence claim for your injuries. Anyone who gets behind the wheel has to exercise reasonable care to obey the traffic laws of the State of Illinois. Failure to do so may constitute negligence and give rise to a claim for lost damages for the injured party. The personal injury claim is a long and confusing process for those with little experience in the law, but you do not have to do it alone.
A qualified Chicago auto accident attorney can help injured victims protect their legal rights after an accident by pursuing a claim for damages, including medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd. can bring our comprehensive knowledge to represent clients in nearly all types of personal injury claims in Chicago. If you have been injured by a negligent driver in an Illinois car accident, call us today at 312-386-7683 to discuss your case.
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