February 28, 2013

Tragic Accident on Chicago Skyway Leaves Chicago Police Officer Dead

by Levin & Perconti

Our Chicago car accident attorneys read in a Chicago Tribune report that a 31-year-old off-duty Chicago police officer was killed when her car rolled over while driving on the Chicago Skyway last Friday. She was on her way to a celebration of a promotion within the Chicago Police department at a restaurant when her car hit a concrete barrier and rolled over, killing her. In a tragic twist of fate, it was the young officer’s sister who received the initial call into the Police Department, reporting the accident. The victim’s sister works in the fatal accident section of the Chicago Police Department and she was the one that answered the phone when the call came in. She recognized the license plate number as that of her little sister. The victim recently was awarded a spot on the tactical response unit in the Department and was a bright and adventurous young woman who had a trip to Thailand planned for last Sunday. The victim was a resident of the Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago who had been a member of the Chicago Police Department since 2009.

This horrible accident helps to illustrate just how dangerous our Illinois roadways can be. One must always pay attention while driving, especially when driving in dangerous weather conditions or at a high rate of speed. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has reported a total of 103 traffic fatalities already this year. IDOT recommends defensive driving, buckling up, not using your cell phone, slowing down while driving in work zones, and never driving drunk. The traffic accidents are becoming a majorly dangerous issue for the residents of Illinois. To combat this, Governor Quinn announced on January 30th a $50 million dollar investment in community projects throughout Illinois to make our transportation across the state safer. Some of the 54 projects that the money will go to include bike paths, walking trails, and landscape beautification projects in several different communities across our state.

United States Senator Dick Durban backs this proposal, stating that “funding for bike and pedestrian infrastructure has improved street safety” in the past and it is likely that this new project will continue to improve the safety of our streets. This program is called the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program or ITEP, which is a federally-funded program that encourages transportation-related enhancement in a variety of categories. To see the full list of projects planned throughout Illinois, you can visit the following website.

Our lawyers understand that every time a driver gets behind the wheel, the potential for a tragic accident is born. We have represented hundreds of victims of transportation related accidents throughout Illinois and have recovered millions of dollars in accident verdicts and settlements for the victims and their families.