Chicago, IL (September 18, 2020) – Early on Thursday morning, September 17, an employee for the Illinois Department of Transportation was injured after being hit by an alleged drunk driver in Chicago.
The crash reportedly occurred on I-290 EB near Austin Boulevard at around 12:37 a.m. Various IDOT vehicles along with the Illinois State Police were conducting traffic control due to a crash at the time of the accident. Local sources revealed that a 2009 maroon Acura drove through the scene and failed to yield to a stopped vehicle.
The passenger side of the Acura collided with the driver’s side of the ISP patrol car and the IDOT vehicle. Due to the impact, the IDOT vehicle struck the IDOT worker who was standing on the highway. The 46-year-old IDOT truck operator was hospitalized for the treatment of serious injuries.
The driver of the Acura, 33-year-old Terrance K. Barber of Chicago, fled the scene but was later apprehended. Barber was charged for multiple counts, including aggravated driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a personal injury crash.
An ongoing investigation into the accident is currently underway.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for a full recovery.
Drunk Driving Crashes in Chicago
Intoxicated drivers are a serious safety concern across the country. Despite the known dangers of driving while drunk, many drivers still choose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. On average, more than 10,000 people are killed annually in drunk driving crashes, with 10,497 people dying in 2016 alone. That year, DUI crashes were involved in nearly 28% of traffic fatalities nationwide. Nearly 30 people are killed daily by drunk drivers, with one death taking place every 50 minutes on average.
Car crash victims often find themselves struggling to learn their rights in time to protect them after an accident. Generally, most people do not have a complete understanding of state laws, insurance policies, or what procedures to follow after being injured in a crash. Luckily, you do not have to pursue a personal injury claim on your own. An experienced Illinois personal injury attorney can help you pursue a claim and recover compensation for damages, including medical expenses, lost income, and other losses.
With a combined experience of more than a century in personal injury law, Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd. has the knowledge and drive to achieve results for those injured due to the negligence of others. Our Chicago car accident attorneys are dedicated to helping people restore their lives after they have suffered serious accidents. If you have been injured in a Chicago car crash, we encourage you to contact our law firm today at (312) 425-0401. You can rest assured that your case is in good hands.
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