Raul Basulto Injured In Chicago Hit-And-Run Car Accident On North Pulaski
Pedestrian Accident - May 28, 2022
U.S. Marine Veteran Raul Basulto Injured In Irving Park, Chicago Hit-And-Run Car Accident With Pickup Truck Along The 4000-block of North Pulaski
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 26, 2022) – A U.S. Marine veteran identified as Raul Basulto was injured in a Chicago hit-and-run car accident on North Pulsaki.
Cook County police officials are saying that the collision took place on May 14. Raul Basulto was hit by a blue/gray Chevrolet Silverado Z71 pickup truck that fled the scene after the collision.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Raul Basulto was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.
His sister-in-law said that doctors are hopeful they will be able to save his leg. But they remain unsure. You can help support the veteran by donating to the GoFundMe set up for him.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Chicago Hit-And-Run Car Accidents
Far too many people are seriously injured or killed in hit-and-run collisions every year in Chicago. To make matters worse, many of the perpetrators of these crimes are never captured. According to NBC Chicago, “As the alarming menace of hit-and-run crashes in Chicago grows, the number of these crimes that police actually solve remains shockingly low. In 2021, Chicago saw a total of 37,226 hit-and-run crashes, an average of more than 100 per day that left 36 people dead and 4,807 injured, according to the city’s traffic data.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident.
- Drivers are more likely to crash if they are fatigued.
- Drivers are more likely to crash if they are distracted.
- Drivers are more likely to crash if they are intoxicated
- Drivers are more likely to crash during periods of inclement weather.
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-1003.1), drivers must use caution and take measures to avoid hitting pedestrians in the roadway. If the driver of a vehicle flees the scene of a collision after causing injury to a pedestrian, they could face criminal and civil liability. Depending on the facts of any case, liability could extend beyond any driver.
Pickup trucks are often used for commercial purposes such as construction or landscaping. If the driver of a pickup truck was working at the time of a collision, their employer could be held at fault. Generally speaking, employers are liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any hit-and-run collision.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Fragments of the fleeing vehicle should be sought.
- Surveillance footage should be examined.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
Any person that is injured due to the negligent actions of a driver may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after any collision. A pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Chicago Hit-And-Run Car Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to Raul Basulto and his family. It is our sincere hope that he is able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have more information about the driver that fled the scene should reach out to police. The driver responsible for this should do the right thing and turn themselves in. It is never too late to do the right thing.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured due to the negligence of another driver? 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 a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.