A 74 year-old man passed away over the weekend on Saturday morning after a car crash on I-57 in Chicago. The senior citizen Chicago car crash victim died of multiple personal injuries from a sport utility vehicle (SUV) crash. The death was ruled an accident with the secondary cause of death listed as a heart condition. Illinois State Police are currently investigating.
Though SUVs are advertised most frequently as tough vehicles, few have bumpers that are equipped to withstand a minor bump in a low-speed collision. Many SUVs earned poor ratings in crash tests. Almost 6 million car accidents occur yearly in this country. While these car accidents cause more than 3 million personal injuries, about 2/3 of these injuries are extremely dangerous and not reversible. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 950 fatal car crashes in Illinois in 2008. In 2008, there were 1095 fatalities resulting from auto accidents in Illinois. The types of Illinois auto accidents that are most likely to be deadly include those wherein the driver is intoxicated or distracted, occupants are not wearing their seat belts, occupants are ejected from the vehicle that they are in, heavy trucks are involved in the accident, or seat backs or breaks fail when the driver loses control.
As our Chicago personal injury lawyers often report, each time a driver gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, he or she is accepting responsibility for the safety of everyone else on the road. Auto accidents happen, but if a driver’s negligent behavior leads to the injury, that driver should be held accountable. Personal injuries from auto accidents, collisions, or car crashes resulting from defective products can be severe and life altering. Victims can suffer brain injuries, nerve damage, paralysis, or even wrongful death.
Read more about the Chicago car accident victim at Southtown Star.