Chicago Car Accident Roundup for August 2014
Automobile Accidents - August 13, 2014
Sometimes, car accidents are just that—accidents. Other times, though, they’re tragic displays of negligent or reckless behavior.
In Chicago, people who sustain injuries in car accidents caused by negligent behavior may be eligible for compensation. If you believe you’ve been the victim of reckless driving, we can help.
At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, we have lawyers who are experienced in car accident cases. Call us today at (800)-985-1819 to speak with a qualified accident attorney in Chicago, and tell us about your situation.
Five Injured and One Dead in Car Crash
ABC reported on a recent accident in Chicago that left five people injured and one person dead. Police have confirmed that an SUV with six people in it crashed into a light pole early one Saturday morning. Rescue crews responded to the scene around 4:30 that morning.
According to police, two men left the scene and walked to the local hospital for treatment. They were 18 and 25 years old.
Authorities had to extricate the four women from the car. The do not know the age of one of the women; the other three were 18, 19 and 24 years old.
The 24-year-old woman died at the hospital, and police are still investigating the cause of the crash. If they determine it was due to the driver’s negligence, her family may hire an accident attorney to help.
Freight Train Hits Car, Leaving Two Dead
According to Fox, two people died early one morning when a freight train hit their vehicle. Authorities determined they were trying to beat an eastbound intermodal train at the crossing when it struck their car. Both the driver, a 29-year-old female, and her passenger, a 32-year-old male, died instantly.
An eyewitness who was in the car behind them claims she saw the crossing gates lower, but the car ahead of her didn’t even stop. The driver simply maneuvered around the gates, and, seconds later, the train struck the vehicle. The eyewitness said she saw pieces of the car fly into the air.
The coroner claims both people in the vehicle died immediately from blunt force trauma. None of the train crew members sustained injuries. Both rail and street traffic were backed up for hours following the accident.
Though both people in the car may have been acting recklessly, it is the driver who ultimately stepped on the gas pedal and put them in harm’s way. If her passenger’s family wants to seek compensation for his death, they will need a qualified accident lawyer.
Let an Accident Lawyer Help Your Family
The untimely death of a loved one can cause significant emotional distress. If the deceased also happened to contribute to the family financially, fiscal hardship may occur.
If someone you love was injured or killed in an accident with a reckless driver, your family may be eligible for compensation, for everything from healthcare and funeral costs to missed work. Call us today at (800)-985-1819 to speak with a qualified accident lawyer in Chicago.