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In recent weeks Chicago area news has been filled with reports of emergency responders suffering serious personal injuries or even dying in motor vehicle and truck accidents. These individuals already put themselves in the face of danger and sacrifice their safety on a daily basis to protect and assist others, and it is a tragedy that others’ negligence must put them in additional danger on the roads.

What is more unfortunate is that this week was no different, and Chicago emergency responders again suffered injuries due to the negligence of others on the roads. According to an article by the Chicago Sun-Times, three emergency responders suffered personal injuries when a truck and an ambulance collided on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago’s South Side Woodlawn neighborhood. The individuals hurt were firefighters and paramedics.

At this time, police do not have any other details regarding this accident. What everyone should always know though is that accidents and injuries to emergency responders can be preventable if we follow the Illinois Move Over Law. Originally implemented in 2002 as “Scott’s Law,” the Illinois Move Over Law, cited in 625 ILCS 5/11-907, requires drivers of all vehicles to yield and provide the right-of-way to oncoming emergency vehicles by driving a position parallel to the right-hand edge of the road and remain in that position until the emergency vehicle has passed. Also, when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights, a driver must yield by making a lane change away from that emergency vehicle (on those roads with more than one lane) and reduce speed to keep conditions safe.

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As our readers are aware, winter weather conditions, especially this year with the polar vortex hitting the greater Chicago area, can pose many hazards to drivers and can increase the probability of motor vehicle accidents if caution is not used. With such dangerous conditions, it is even more important that drivers use more caution than they normally would while driving. Drivers are already under a legal obligation to maintain a safe driving environment for others on the road by use caution and safe driving. With extreme winter weather, drivers should be on extra alert to keep themselves and others safe.

The recent snow and plummeting temperatures were a major factor in a multi-vehicle pile-up on I-94, according to ABC News. An additional report by ABC News stated that 46 vehicles were involved in the crashes, including 18 semi-trucks. Three people were killed, and 22 were injured when several passenger cars were crushed between or underneath semi-trucks. The police described that one initial crash led to a number of other chain reaction crashes. One sergeant described how it just “multiplied into what we have now,” describing the final scene of the accidents.

The accidents were so severe that all eastbound lanes of the interstate remained closed overnight, and could not open again until the next morning. Tow trucks had to arrive and clear one vehicle at a time, as those sitting in the backed-up traffic were thankful that they were somehow untouched in this giant multi-vehicle collision. One driver who survived commented on how the snow was coming down hard and blowing, and that it was hard to see all of the traffic in front of her. Witnesses described how heavy lake effect snow was falling at the time of the accident and created white-out conditions.

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Our motorcycle accident lawyers have previously discussed how motorcyclists are too commonly victims of serious accidents caused by inattentive or negligent motorists, in addition to the steps drivers can take to avoid an accident with a motorcyclist. However, the tables were turned last Saturday when a semi-truck and motorcycle collision left the motorcyclist at fault.

Newlenox.patch.com states that the accident took place around 6:35pm on Interstate 80 near Harlem Avenue. Preliminary investigation results indicate a semi-truck was in the far right lane of westbound I-80 and collided with a motorcyclist that was entering the interstate from the southbound Harlem Avenue ramp. Illinois State Police say the motorcycle struck the front, right corner of the truck, causing the motorcycle’s driver to lose control.

The motorcycle driver was taken to a local hospital, his condition remaining unknown. His passenger, a 22-year old Joliet woman, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Will County Sheriff’s Office. The semi-truck driver remained uninjured. The report states that it is not known what exactly caused the collision, but police investigations revealed that the motorcycle driver misjudged his speed and distance away from the semi-truck when entering the interstate, therefore causing him to strike the semi and lose control. No charges have been filed or tickets issued as of last week.

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Two women were injured after a Chicago Fire Department engine struck their vehicle in Chicago last Monday. The accident occurred at about 3:30pm at the intersection of Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive when the fire truck was responding to an emergency call in the Loop. The truck had its lights and sirens on as it attempted to travel through the intersection, according to a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. Witnesses say that while all other vehicles nearby stopped to allow the truck to proceed, the vehicle carrying both women failed to stop and reportedly turned in front of the truck on Columbus Drive. The fire truck then collided with the vehicle, which was pushed onto a sidewalk and into a parked car.

Abclocal.go.com states the women had to be extricated from the vehicle and were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition. The fire department spokeswoman believes the women’s’ conditions were stabilized because of their vehicle’s full set of airbags having deployed after the collision. It was unclear whether any firefighters or fire personnel were injured, but damage to the fire truck was believed to be minimal.

Our accident lawyers remind drivers that Illinois has had a law in place for 10 years to protect emergency vehicles and personnel from both reckless drivers and drivers that may interfere with an emergency vehicle that is responding to an emergency call. The legislation was created after a Lieutenant of the Chicago Fire Department was struck and killed by a drunken driver while assisting at a traffic crash scene on the Dan Ryan Expressway in 2001. Scott’s Law, also known as the “Move Over Law,” was enacted in 2002 and requires Illinois motorists to reduce their speed and change lanes when approaching an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, being sure to proceed with caution. These emergency vehicles include police cars, fire engines, ambulances, and tow trucks. The law also requires that motorists yield to any vehicle equipped with red, white, blue, and/or yellow warning lights and yield to highway workers.

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Three were people were injured on Tuesday morning in an accident involving an ambulance on the south side of Chicago, according to cbslocal.com. An Illinois truck accident lawyer at our firm learned that the accident happened about 11:30am on the 5100 block of South Union Avenue. Fire Media Information states that a pick-up truck was westbound on 51st Street when it slid through a red light and crashed into the ambulance that was southbound on Union Avenue. The truck hit a rear tire of the ambulance, causing damage to the front end of the truck. The ambulance had its lights activated and was returning from a call at the time of the accident.

Police say the pick-up driver and her passenger were taken to a nearby hospital of Cook County in serious-to-fair condition. The ambulance driver was taken to the same hospital for observation. Preliminary reports say that the driver of the pick-up was driving too fast for conditions and citations are pending.

From the perspective of our attorneys, motor vehicle crashes involving ambulances have become an increasing source of public concern, posing a serious risk to drivers, passengers, and patients. Ncbi.com states that throughout the last decade, 399 ambulance accidents caused 405 fatalities and 838 injuries in the U.S. Authorities believe that given there are close to 50,000 ambulances on the road on any particular day, it is likely there were even more collisions than those making headlines. In 2011, a total of 39 people suffered a range of injures in these accidents, many of these individuals actually being ambulance drivers and crew members themselves.

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Four people were injured in an accident involving an ambulance and a tractor-trailer a few weeks ago, according to Stltoday.com. The crash happened at about 7:50pm on Interstate 55 near Hamel, north of Edwardsville. Illinois State Police stated that an ambulance was in the right lane responding to a medical emergency at the I-55 rest area when it made a sudden turn and was then struck by a tractor-trailer following behind it. As a result, the ambulance overturned and both drivers of the vehicles suffered injuries, in addition to one passenger in each vehicle. All four people were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for their injuries. The report states that no charges were issued, and no further information is available.

Though it is not specified who was ultimately responsible for the accident, motor vehicle crashes involving ambulances have become an increasing source of public concern, posing a serious risk to drivers, passengers, and patients. In this post, our attorneys will list ambulance crash statistics, address ambulance crash characteristics, and project the magnitude and severity of risks involved, hoping to increase awareness in relation to these accidents and help all motorists remain safe while sharing the road with ambulances.

Ncbi.com states that throughout the last decade, 399 ambulance accidents caused 405 fatalities and 838 injuries in the U.S. Authorities believe that given there are close to 50,000 ambulances on the road on any particular day, it is likely there were even more collisions than those making headlines. In 2011, a total of 39 people suffered a range of injures in these accidents, many of these individuals actually being ambulance drivers and crew members themselves.

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A ten-year-old girl is being treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center after suffering serious injuries in a truck accident near Chicago. The girl was riding with her mother who lost control of the vehicle, causing it to hit a barrier. The vehicle then spun across traffic and became lodged under a tractor trailer truck. The truck drug the vehicle for a short time before colliding with another semi-truck. The girl was pinned in the car and suffered a broken femur and other internal injuries. The mother was taken a local hospital with minor injuries. Read more about this truck accident near Chicago.

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The passenger of a 1991 Ford Thunderbird that collided with a tractor-trailer truck was pronounced dead at the scene of the truck accident. According to a report, the Thunderbird pulled in front of the truck, causing the truck to hit the car. The driver of the car and three children who were also in the car were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries. Everyone in the car, including the victim, was wearing their seat belts. The report did not reveal whether the truck driver sustained any injuries in the accident. To read more about this truck accident, please follow the hyperlink.

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Multiple people were being treated at hospitals for personal injuries sustained this afternoon after a CTA bus crashed in Chicago. The victims were passengers on a No. 126 bus when it collided with a car. One passenger was in serious to critical condition, six were in fair condition, and two were in good condition.

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Eight people, two of them paramedics, were personally injured in a four-vehicle collision on the Far South Side of Chicago that included the paramedics’ ambulance. All the victims were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening personal injuries. The car crash happened at West 103rd and South Morgan Streets in the Washington Heights neighborhood. The ambulance was en route to an emergency call with its lights and sirens activated when it was a hit by a vehicle heading north on Morgan. The car collision caused the ambulance to hit to other vehicles in the automobile crash. As the investigation continues, no personal injury lawsuits have been filed. To read the full story, click here.