A 22-year old Algonquin man was struck and killed early Monday morning in a McKenry County hit-and-run accident, according to Chicagotribune.com. Our attorneys learned that shorty before 3:30am, McHenry County’s sheriff officials responded to a call reporting that a man was injured in the middle of East Main Street, west of Newbold Road in unincorporated Algonquin Township. When police and paramedics arrived at the scene, they found the man lying in the road where he was later pronounced dead.
According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, preliminary investigations revealed that an eastbound vehicle on the 600 block of East Main Street struck the pedestrian and then fled the scene. Pieces from the vehicle’s headlight area were reportedly left behind in the middle of the roadway. Police are now seeking help locating the hit-and-run vehicle or anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents are common throughout Illinois due to negligent truck and passenger vehicle drivers and often result in fatalities. The American Automobile Association found that Illinois hit-and-run accidents have increased by 15% since 2000. From 1994 to 2003, a total of 14,914 people were killed in hit-and-run crashes in the United States, about 60% of these victims having been pedestrians. Surviving victims of these accidents report that they feel especially violated because they were not only struck by a vehicle, but the driver of the vehicle showed no remorse and failed to stop to see if the victims were okay.
Our law firm believes it is important for all drivers to know what to do if involved in a hit-and-run accident. Illinois laws state that after any type of collision with an individual or another vehicle, the driver is legally required to stop, make a reasonable effort to contact the other party, and remain at the scene until authorities have been notified. If the driver fails to take these steps after the accident and flees the scene, prison time and fines may be issued as a result. Victims should make every attempt to identify the vehicle and/or driver if he does leave the scene in the case that a witness is needed to prove the driver was responsible for the accident.
Victims of hit-and-run accidents have the right to seek legal action to cover personal injury, medical expenses, or property damage as a result of the crash. Our Chicago accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti have handled numerous wrongful death cases and represent individuals who were wrongfully killed or injured because of driver negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered in a motor vehicle accident, contact us for more information.