Tom Kownacki Injured In Chicago Hit-And-Run Car Accident on West Irving Park Near Rockwell

Army Veteran Tom Kownacki Critically Injured In Chicago Hit-And-Run Car Accident Along West Irving Park Near Rockwell

Tom Kownacki Injured In Chicago Hit-And-Run Car Accident on West Irving Park Near Rockwell

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (January 3, 2022) – An army veteran identified as Tom Kownacki was seriously injured in a Chicago hit-and-run car accident on West Irving Park by Rockwell.

Cook County police officials are saying that the collision took place around 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday. Tom Kownacki was on the sidewalk when he was hit by a SUV.

Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Tom Kownacki was taken to the hospital with several broken bones.

Police are still searching for the driver of the SUV that fled the scene.

Liability For Chicago Hit-And-Run Car Accidents

Speeding remains one of the most common causes of car accidents in the United States. According to the NHTSA, “For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2020, speeding was a contributing factor in 29% of all traffic fatalities.” There are a number of other factors that could contribute to a hit-and-run collision.

  • Driver distraction
  • Driver intoxication
  • Vehicle systems failures
  • Poor road conditions

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians. There is a rebuttable presumption of negligence on the part of any driver that leaves a roadway before striking a pedestrian. Any person that is injured due to the negligence of another driver may have legal recourse through a civil claim. It is extremely important that all evidence is properly preserved after any hit-and-run collision.

Investigating A Chicago Hit-And-Run Car Accident

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to Tom Kownacki as he continues to recover. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. 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 accident? 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 negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about any collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.