Pedestrian Critically Injured In Chicago Car Accident On West Irving Park Road
Pedestrian Accident - January 28, 2024
Pedestrian Critically Injured In Chicago Hit-And-Run Car Accident With Pickup Truck After Exiting the CTA Irving Park Line By West Irving Park Road
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (January 28, 2023) – A pedestrian was seriously injured in a Northwest Side, Chicago car accident along West Irving Park Road.
Cook County officials are saying that the incident began around 1:05 p.m. on December 20. A pedestrian was walking when they were hit by a gray pickup truck under the Kennedy Expressway.
That driver fled the scene. The victim was then hit by a black Jeep, which did remain at the scene. Paramedics were called in order to help the victim.
The man was taken to the Illinois Masonic Hospital with critical injuries. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Police are asking the public for help in order to locate the driver of the gray pickup truck.
Liability For Chicago Hit-And-Run Collisions
Hit-and-run collisions are far more common than many people may realize. According to Accident Analysis & Prevention, “As hit-and-run crashes account for a significant proportion of pedestrian fatalities, a better understanding of these crash types will assist efforts to reduce these fatalities. Of the more than 48,000 pedestrian deaths that were recorded in the United States between 1998 and 2007, 18.1% of them were caused by hit-and-run drivers.” There are a number of factors that can increase the likelihood of hit-and-run collisions.
- Pedestrian collisions are more likely to occur when drivers are impaired. Alcohol also reduces a driver’s ability to make sound judgements which increases the likelihood of hit-and-runs.
- Individuals who are not insured are more likely to flee collisions in order to avoid legal consequences or financial responsibility.
- Some drivers may not be fully aware that they hit a pedestrian. This is particularly true for large trucks.
Every driver has a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Pursuant to 625 ILCS 5/11-1003.1, drivers should slow down and use their horn when necessary to alert pedestrians of their presence. Drivers must be especially cautious around any confused person in the roadway. If a driver fails to slow down to avoid a pedestrian, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any hit-and-run collision.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Fragments of the fleeing vehicle should be examined.
Even a tiny fragment of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run can reveal a lot. It can be used to determine the make and model of the vehicle. It can also be used to identify which specific vehicle was involved in a collision. Any person that is injured in a pedestrian accident may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim. A pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Chicago Hit-And-Run Collisions
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the pedestrian injured in this collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. The driver involved in this crash should do the right thing and come forward. It is never too late to do the right thing.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured due to the negligent actions of a driver? You may have legal recourse. Our team of pedestrian accident attorneys are committed to helping accident victims and holding drivers accountable for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.