This blog recently discussed that hit-and-run accidents are on the rise. A fatal hit-and run accident in Chicago recently killed one man and injured four others. The 21-year old female driver of the vehicle that struck the victims was arrested following the accident. The woman was charged with one count of leaving the scene of a fatal car accident and four counts of leaving the scene of a car accident that resulted in serious injury.
Hit-and-run accidents can have significant and devastating consequences for victims. According to research done by AAA, hit-and-run accidents are at an all-time high. In fact, it is reported that there is a hit-and-run accident in the United States every minute. In addition, hit-and-run accidents are resulting in a greater number of fatalities. During 2016, there were 2,000 hit-and-run deaths throughout the country and 65 of those occurred in Illinois. Many victims are pedestrians and bicyclists.
A recent truck accident in Lena injured three victims and caused the driver of the truck to be cited by authorities. While traffic slowed for construction, a semi-truck failed to do so and struck an SUV, which caused a chain reaction that resulted in four vehicles being struck in total. Three people suffered serious injuries in the truck accident. The driver of the semi-truck was cited for driving too fast for the conditions.
Legal options are available to victims of truck accidents to protect them from the unexpected damages they may suffer. Truck accidents can result in serious harm and damages greater than those suffered in a passenger vehicle accident. While the consequences of a passenger vehicle accident can be serious, a truck accident have a higher likelihood of resulting in catastrophic injuries and damages.
A recent study confirmed what many Cook County, Illinois, residents already know intuitively, which is that a person who is using his or her cell phone behind the wheel stands a greater chance of getting in to a car accident than someone who is driving free of distractions.
A previous post on this blog discussed how relatively recent icy and snowy conditions in the Chicago area left at least one person dead. With spring still several weeks away, it is highly possible that the area will see more wintry weather and the slick roads that come with those conditions.
Icy road conditions recently struck Cook County and other parts of the greater Chicago area recently and have been blamed for car accidents across the area. Unfortunately, at least one of these accidents ended with a fatality.
A recent accident at an intersection in the suburbs west of Chicago killed one man and left three others with injuries significant enough to require hospitalization.
Previous posts on this blog have discussed how the family of a Cook County resident killed in a fatal drunk driving accident can seek compensation from the responsible for compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. This is true no matter what the outcome of the drunk driver's criminal case is.
A previous post on this blog discussed tragic accident which left a young man dead. Police have indicated that they suspect drunk driving and have charged one of the drivers involved in the accident with a DUI.