Pedestrian Critically Injured In Chicago Hit-And-Run Car Accident on South Harding Avenue

Police Still Searching For Driver Involved In Chicago Hit-And-Run Collision

Pedestrian Critically Injured In Chicago Hit-And-Run Car Accident on South Harding Avenue

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 28, 2023) – A pedestrian was seriously injured in a Chicago hit-and-run car accident along the 2600 block of South Harding Avenue.

Cook County police officials are saying that the collision took place early Wednesday morning. Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.

They were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition. A second person was also apparently injured in the crash and taken to St. Anthony Hospital in fair condition.

Police are still searching for the driver that fled the scene of the collision. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Chicago Hit-And-Run Collisions

Pedestrians lack the protection of enclosed vehicles and are far more likely to be overlooked by drivers. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “There were an estimated 737,100 hit-and-run crashes in 2015 (NHTSA, 2016). This translates to a hit-and-run crash happening somewhere in the U.S. every 43 seconds. The 2,049 fatalities that resulted from hit-and-run crashes in 2016 were the highest number ever recorded (NHTSA, 2017).” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a hit-and-run collision.

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Poor road conditions

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid collisions. 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 pedestrians or any confused person in the roadway. If a driver fails to slow down and hits a pedestrian, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. When drivers flee the scene of any collision, they could also face criminal penalties. There are a number of steps that should be taken 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.

Victims of pedestrian accidents often suffer very serious injuries. They may also need to take long periods off work. Any person that is injured due to the negligent actions of another driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that come with a serious injury. It is extremely important that all evidence is properly preserved after any collision.

Investigating Cook County Hit-And-Run Collisions

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the person injured in this collision. It is our sincere hope that they will be able to make a full recovery. The driver responsible for this crash should do the right thing and turn themselves in. It is never too late to do the right thing.

Do you need more information about a Chicago hit-and-run collision? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of pedestrian safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any help after a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.