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As per a recent report by the Chicago Tribune, a 32 year-old Chicago man was killed in a hit-and-run accident last week at the Near North Side intersection of Division Street and LaSalle Drive.

The victim was identified as a third year law student at Northwestern University Law School, according to university spokesman Alan Cubbage. “A message was sent to the law school community informing them of the death, and we expressed our sympathy to family and friends,” Cubbage said.

The driver of the vehicle, a Jeep Liberty SUV, was a 21 year-old woman, who police suspect may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. The woman had been driving southbound on LaSalle at approximately 2:30 in the morning when her car struck the victim. Though she tried to flee the scene, she was caught a couple of blocks away.

Every 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. Although accidents can and do happen, when a driver’s negligent behaviors or careless actions lead to the injury or death of another person, the negligent driver may be held accountable in an Illinois personal injury lawsuit.

That’s exactly what might happen following a devastating car crash earlier this month on Interstate-80. According to the Chicago Tribune, four Chicago-area men were killed when a wrong-way driver on I-80 smashed into another car. The accident occurred in the Chicago suburb of Hazel Crest, and authorities have reason to believe that the driver of the vehicle that was traveling in the wrong direction was impaired by alcohol.

Police reports indicate that witnesses saw a 1996 Infiniti travelling at a high rate of speed get onto I-80, going eastbound in the westbound lanes, reported the Chicago Tribune. The report went on to say that the car, which contained four men, hit a 1999 Ford wagon head-on and both cars were engulfed in flames. The driver of the Ford and three of the men in the Infiniti were killed; one of the passengers in the Infiniti was injured, but taken to an area hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition.

Our Chicago motor vehicle accident lawyers recognize that drugged driving is at least as dangerous as drunken driving and is not a risk worth taking on the road when operating heavy and dangerous machinery. A recent ruling issued by the Supreme Court of Illinois supports this contention and has given prosecutors a new weapon in driving-under-the-influence (DUI) cases. Now, prosecutors in the State of Illinois have the ability to upgrade charges against Illinois defendants when small traces of drugs are found in motorists’ systems after a crash, even if there is no evidence that they were impaired at the time. The Illinois Supreme Court Justices stated in their ruling that drivers even with the slightest remnant of an illegal drug in their bodies should be found guilty of a felony if their bad driving caused a Chicago car crash.
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Over the weekend, our Chicago personal injury lawyers read about another tragic motor vehicle accident that involved a man driving under the influence. On Saturday afternoon, a Chicago nanny was walking with a stroller carrying a 20 month-old when she saw a white pick up truck swerving toward her on the sidewalk downtown. According to reports, the driver was a 61 year-old Chicago Streets and Sanitation laborer; he plowed into a group of people into the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. He was driving a city Ford F-150 pickup truck with an open bottle of E&J Brandy next to him, said the Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney. His blood alcohol level was .183, more than twice the legal limit for driving in the state of Illinois. In addition to the nanny and the baby, five other people received personal injuries. All seven were hospitalized following the Chicago drunk driving accident.

The child’s father called the nanny an angel on earth and stated that there is no question that from the eyewitness accounts, she pushed the stroller away and took the hit herself. The nanny instinctively pushed away the stroller carrying the 20 month-old child, in a move that spared critical personal injuries to the infant. The 25 year-old nanny remained in serious condition yesterday. The Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney described that the nanny’s bones from the waist below were basically shattered. She fractured her pelvis, hips, and legs and her skin tissue was torn off her legs. She had hardware put in her body and is currently in traction. Additionally, there were a number of other people injured in the Chicago pedestrian accident.
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Our Chicago personal injury lawyers recently reported about a puzzling Chicago-area car accident that resulted in Illinois personal injuries. The automobile accident occurred last week and involved a police officer in the Southwest Suburb of Chicago of Tinley Park. The police officer rear ended another vehicle in Frankfort, Illinois at around 1:00 in the morning and then fled the scene. The Tinley Park police officer was subsequently pulled over about ten miles away from the scene of the hit-and-run crash by local area police. At the time of the accident, the police officer involved in the motor vehicle accident was driving an unmarked squad car. Recent news reveals that the officer is a veteran Tinley Park police officer and has been charged in the hit-and-run personal injury crash. It further reveals that the officer had been drinking and driving and had a handgun between his feet when he was stopped in his unmarked vehicle by those local police.
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Today the Chicago Sun-Times posted a story on the tragic death of a local woman following a Streeterville bus crash. According to the report, a negligent 47 year old driver was in a tour bus and he tried to make a right turn onto North Columbus Avenue. At the same time that he was turning, a woman was walking across the street. The 26 year old female bus crash victim was then unexpectedly hit by the turning vehicle. She lived only blocks from the intersection had had only taken a few steps away from the curb when the accident occurred. Emergency responders tried to save the woman, but she ultimately died from her injuries.

Investigations following the crash showed that the bus driver was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the accident. His only excuse is that he did not see the woman as he turned the corner.

It was also later learned that the man had a series of past behaviors that should have indicated his risk behind the wheel. For example, in the last twenty years the man has been cited over twenty times for a variety of driving citations and crimes. Besides that, the man was also wanted on two counts of criminal sexual assault for apparently molesting two young girls in 2006 and 2007. In 1992 the man had been sentenced to 8 years in prison for sexually assaulting another young girl.

Unfortunately, Chicago truck crashes continue to take lives of our area residents. Sometime genuine accidents occur, but in many cases, like this one, there is one party that clearly acted in a negligent way leading to the accident. It is particularly egregious when the negligent drivers of these large machines are under the influence of substances like drugs and alcohol. Last October our attorneys at Levin & Perconti worked on a similar case earning a record $6.5 million Illinois truck crash settlement for the surviving family of a woman who was killed when a truck driver rear-ended the family’s vehicle. The truck driver in that accident was under the influence of marijuana at the time. The individuals who hired the man did not perform regular drug tests, obtain his driving records, or conduct a background test to ensure his fitness to drive the truck.
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A middle-aged man faces DUI charges after his vehicle hit a motorcycle, injuring a grandfather and his 6 year-old granddaughter. The car accident resulted in personal injuries to the two individuals and the driver was arrested and charged with aggravated driving under the influence. Local police stated that the man was crossing a center line where the car crash occurred and neighbors describe that the area is tricky with “blind curves.” Blind intersections are not uncommon in the Chicagoland area – often times, buildings, trees, walls, or other features may prevent us from seeing cars entering the intersection. Sometimes even traffic can “screen” out oncoming traffic, creating a large curved wall you cannot see beyond.

In this motorcycle accident, the grandfather was taken to the hospital with leg injuries and chest pains; his six year-old granddaughter was transported to a Children’s Hospital with a serious leg injury. The driver charged with the DUI called 911 himself and was remorseful about the car crash. Motorcycle accidents are always especially worrisome because passengers on motorcycles are so vulnerable, not protected by any sheets of metal forming car walls. As our Chicago car accident lawyers recently reported, studies showing decreases in motorcycle deaths may be misleading. Wrongful deaths due to motorcycle accidents dropped two percent, but that may only signal a blip in the safety trend and not a lasting improvement in motorcycle safety. Fatalities started to climb during the last three of the nine months reviewed, which has safety advocates worried.

In 2009, there were 130 motorcycle fatalities in Illinois, which is far too many. Start Seeing offers several resources, information, and training needed to make motorcycling experiences safer, more pleasurable, and help reduce fatalities and personal injuries. Next month, May 2011, has been proclaimed Motorcycle Awareness Month in the State of Illinois to keep Illinois roadways safe through proper motorist awareness.

A Chicago woman has recently been charged with upgraded charges of felony drunk driving after her involvement in a crash last year that resulted in the wrongful death of two passengers. The victims, a mother and her teenage son, were headed home from a funeral for the boy’s grandmother in Chicago. They were hit by a Chicago woman who was driving her 1997 Oldsmobile at a high rate of speed when she swerved to get around a stopped vehicle and her car went out of control, flipped onto its side, and struck a tree and light pole. They were riding in the back seat of the driver’s car, pinned in the wreckage, and pronounced dead at the scene. A third passenger was not injured and the driver was treated for minor injuries where tests showed that she had a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 percent.

The Chicago woman accused of being culpable for the Illinois wrongful death had initially been cited with misdemeanor driving under the influence after the deadly crash in Chicago. But when she appeared in court on Tuesday, she was arrested and charged with upgraded felony charges – two counts of aggravated DUI involving a death. The Chicago defendant’s charges were upgraded after laboratory tests matched her DNA to blood found on the driver’s side air bag, which proves that the Chicago woman was behind the wheel of the car at the deadly scene.
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A student is seeking $1 million in personal injury lawsuit damages after he was allegedly hazed by fraternity members during an initiation. The student suffered a severe injury to his left leg during hazing that caused him to incur substantial medical epenses.

To read more about the hazing lawsuit.

A woman who was seriously personally injured when a boat she was on crashed into another boat and capsized has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the boat’s operator. The woman was on an Illinois lake when it collided with another boat. The boat capsized, throwing the woman into the water. She then became pinned underwater near the boat’s stern and trapped in mud. She was rescued and transported to the hospital with personal injuries. After the incident it was discovered that the driver of the other boat was intoxicated while operating the boat. If you have been involved in a boating accident, consult an Illinois lawyer. To read more about the Illinois boat accident, please click the link.

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