Nbcchicago.com recently released a report detailing an accident that occurred Saturday morning after a truck driver ran a red light and T-boned a police squad car, injuring two Chicago Police Officers as a result. Our law firm learned that the 18-year old truck driver of West 50th Street in downtown Chicago was approaching the intersection of 47th and La Salle Streets when she ran the red light, according to a police News Affairs Officer.
After striking the police squad car, the truck driver and one police officer were taken to Mercy Hospital with minor injuries, while the second officer was treated on the scene. The report states that the truck driver received a handful of traffic citations, ultimately being charged with running a red light, negligent driving, driving without insurance, and a municipal violation for damage to city property. The driver is scheduled to appear in Traffic Court later this year.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 100,000 accidents and 1,000 fatalities occur nationwide each year because of a driver failing to stop at a red light. These accidents are often considered “T-bone” accidents, where the front of one vehicle collides with the side of another. Our lawyers believe these accidents are especially damaging because the side of a vehicle is proven to be one of its weakest points; therefore, upon impact in this area, the likelihood of injury or death occurring is much greater than other types of accidents with similar force.
Running red lights is a common problem in Illinois, although incidents of red light running have begun to decrease because of the authorization and installation of red light cameras at various intersections and roadway locations. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that in 2010, 927 fatalities took place on Illinois roads after authorizing the use of traffic safety cameras, a decrease from 1,254 in 2006. Specifically, the addition of intersection safety cameras in Chicago led to a 32% reduction in fatal red light running accidents. Additional data across the state shows that the increased use of traffic safety cameras continues to change driver behavior, deter drivers from breaking the law, reduce serious car accidents, and most importantly, save lives.
While traffic safety cameras have gained much support in Illinois, based on the above report, accidents do continue to happen as a result of careless or negligent motorists. Our Illinois truck accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti are willing to assist you if you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries, medical expenses, or property damage as a result of a car accident. To find out if legal recourse may be available to you, please contact us for more information.