A report released on Nbcchicago.com details a hit-and run accident that occurred in Chicago over the weekend. An Illinois wrongful death lawyer at our firm read that the accident occurred at about 5:35am in the 3500 block of West Division Street. Two men were allegedly inside their vehicle when an approaching truck hit the vehicle and fled the scene. The truck continued onward until witnesses reported seeing the truck strike a pedestrian on the side of the road. The driver continued to flee the scene.
One of the victims in the vehicle, a 24-year old of West Haddon Avenue, was taken to a hospital in Cook County where he was declared dead just 40 minutes later, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Autopsies confirmed he died from multiple injuries from the accident. Additionally, his 21-year old brother was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition. Family members are believed to be filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. The pedestrian that was struck is reported to have suffered only minor injures.
Police are currently looking into more possible witnesses of the hit-and run accident. Officials have released photos of the truck, and anyone with any information regarding the accident is encouraged to contact authorities. The police Major Investigation Unit will continue investigating 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 motor-vehicle 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.
Hit-and run accidents are not only serious because they are breaking the law, but they may be further harming an injured motorist or pedestrian by delaying them medical care. 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 attorneys 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 hit-and run accident, contact us for more information.