Chicago, IL (September 1, 2020) – A state trooper suffered injuries after being rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver in Chicago on Sunday, August 30. Initial reports revealed that the crash occurred on the West Side near the intersection of Interstate 290 (Eisenhower Expressway) and Central Park Avenue at around 1:15 a.m.
According to local sources, the trooper was stopped in his patrol vehicle with his lights on while filling out paperwork at the time of the crash. A 2001 Pontiac Bonneville rear-ended the patrol car for unknown reasons. The trooper sustained injuries in the collision.
The driver of the Pontiac was identified as 46-year-old Alberto R. Hilbelink of Cicero, Illinois. Hilbelink was charged with driving under the influence. He was also cited for violating Scott’s Law, improper lane usage, and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.
No further updates on the collision are currently available. An ongoing investigation into the accident is in progress.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for a full recovery.
Drunk Driving Accidents in Chicago
Intoxicated drivers continue to be a threat across the country, including right here in Illinois. An estimated 10,000 people are killed annually in drunk driving collisions nationwide. On average, 30 people are killed daily by drunk drivers, with one death happening every 50 minutes. In Illinois, nearly 47% of traffic fatalities in the state involve drunk drivers, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A total of 330 people were killed in Illinois car crashes involving drunk drivers in 2017.
What you do the moments after an Illinois car accident is of critical importance, and injured victims have to make sure that they make the right decisions in order to recover the full value of their injury claim. Many crash victims are unsure of how to get the compensation they need to recover after a serious car accident in Chicago, and this can leave them feeling alone and confused. In some cases, injured parties can consult with a qualified Chicago car crash attorney to discuss their next steps to take to pursue a claim and recover deserved compensation.
When you or a loved one is injured, it is extremely serious, and action must be taken immediately. At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we understand the claim process and how crucial it is for our clients, and it forms our entire approach. Our legal team will fight to make sure that you earn the compensation you deserve after being seriously injured in an Illinois car crash. If you have been unfairly injured in a Chicago car accident, contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 to discuss your case today.
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