2 Halloween Accidents Spotlight the Dangers
Personal Injury - November 5, 2014
Every year, many people across the United States suffer injuries or die in Halloween car accidents. There are a significant number of pedestrians on the streets at this time of year, which often translates into serious accidents.
According to USA.gov, children are four times more likely to be in fatal pedestrian accidents on Halloween than on any other night of the year. Unfortunately, this year was no different, with horrific pedestrian and car accidents spotting police reports across the country. Chicago was the site of at least two of these accidents.
If you or a family member has been injured in a car or pedestrian accident, a Chicago personal injury lawyer can assess your legal options. Pedestrian accidents can leave long-lasting impacts on victims, and an accident lawyer can help you claim damages against the negligent parties in order to minimize the financial burdens of medical treatment and lost wages. Contact a personal injury lawyer at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates for advice today: (800)-985-1819.
Mother and Three Children Killed En-Route to Halloween Parade
The Chicago Tribune reports that a mother and three of her young children died, and a fourth child was seriously injured, when a train hit their car. The family was on their way to a Halloween parade in southern Illinois. The train struck the car on the vehicle’s passenger side at the town’s Main Street railroad crossing.
Emergency responders declared the three young children dead on the scene. Paramedics transported the driver, who was the mother of all the passengers, to a local hospital. She was then airlifted to a hospital in St. Louis where she died on Friday.
Officials are unsure why the vehicle was on the railway tracks, and they speculated that the driver may not have been familiar with the area. The crossing gates were closed at the time. CSX Corp, the company of the train involved, is cooperating with authorities and sent its sympathies to the family.
Car Strikes Boy While Trick-or-Treating in Winnetka
The Chicago Tribune reports that a car struck a 3-year-old boy while he was trick-or-treating on Friday evening. Police say a car hit the boy when he ran into the street. The boy is a Glencoe resident, and doctors are treating him for his injuries at NorthShore Evanston Hospital. The boy is in a good condition, according to hospital staff.
The 24-year-old woman who was driving the vehicle at the time is cooperating with police. The accident is still under investigation, and no citations have been issued.
If you or a family member has been the victim of a similar accident, a Chicago accident lawyer from Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates can help you evaluate your case and assess your options. If you are unsure about your rights or how to proceed, give us a call. We have many years of personal-injury experience, and we can work with you to evaluate the best way to proceed with your accident claim. Call us toll-free at (800) 985-1819 for a free consultation.