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Passenger dies in alleged drunk driving accident

When a loved one is killed in an accident while traveling as a passenger in a vehicle that is operated by a drunk driver, it would be only natural for the surviving family members to want to hold the driver liable. Drivers are responsible for the safety of their passengers, and deaths resulting from a drunk driving accident are always preventable. An Illinois family may choose to take legal action after the recent death of a loved one under such circumstances.

A police report states that the accident occurred in the early morning hours of a recent Sunday. The driver allegedly ran a red light and drove in the wrong traffic lane before striking multiple vehicles that were parked on both sides of the street. The vehicle then rolled over, and the front seat passenger had to be extricated by emergency workers.

Illinois child severely injured in hit-and-run car accident

When a 12-year-old Illinois boy was recently struck by a car, his two friends did what had to be done. One called 911 while the other one tried to keep the seriously injured boy calm. The person who caused the car accident reportedly left the scene. Emergency workers arrived to find the child severely injured and rushed him to a hospital.

It was reported that the boy crossed the road on his bicycle on a recent Saturday afternoon heading to a park on the other side. The driver who struck him failed to stop and left the injured boy without checking on him. Police located the suspected hit-and-run driver later. The 34-year-old man is now facing charges of drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident in which injuries were suffered. Furthermore, he was charged with driving without a driver's license and driving without insurance.

3-vehicle car accident blamed on distracted driver

Drivers on Illinois roads are expected to be alert at all times. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for fatigued or distracted drivers to put their lives and the lives of others on the line. Authorities suspect that distracted driving was the cause of a multi-vehicle car accident that occurred on U.S. 51 in Perry County on a recent Friday afternoon.

Reportedly, a southbound pickup truck with a horse trailer crossed into the northbound traffic lanes. The horse trailer overturned after the pickup struck a box truck. The impact upended the box truck. The 41-year-old pickup driver continued traveling in the northbound lanes of the highway until the vehicle collided head on with a passenger vehicle. The car that was struck was occupied by a mother and her toddler.

Family's persistence leads to charge for hit-and-run car accident

The family of an Illinois motorcyclist refused to accept police reports that suggested he was responsible for the July accident that caused his catastrophic injuries. The victim and his loved ones finally saw results from their efforts when a driver was recently arrested on suspicion of knocking him down and then leaving the scene of the car accident. The 25-year-old motorcyclist was unable to communicate immediately after the accident, and officers apparently made their own conclusions without bothering to interview him..

The motorcyclist has since undergone four surgical procedures to repair leg, clavicle, arm and hand fractures. Steel rods and plates that caused stiffness and pain for months were inserted to facilitate the healing process. Although his employment insurance covered almost $200,000 in hospital bills, he remains responsible for deductibles, medication and other related bills that continue to arrive. However, he is grateful to be able to move about with a cane after being confined to a wheelchair after he was released from the hospital.

Auto accident involving a semi trucks results in 1 death

A job on the road is quite dangerous. Truck drivers in Illinois try to be cautious, but unfortunately, accidents happen. A recent auto accident on Interstate 55 resulted in the death of one truck driver.

On a recent Monday night near Braceville, two semi trucks crashed.  A 37-year-old man was driving a 2014 Peterbilt in the right hand lane, heading southbound on I-55. At that time, a 2009 Peterbilt, driven by a 59-year-old man, was on the shoulder of the southbound lanes, attempting to merge back into the driving lane. The 2014 semi hit the rear of the 2009 semi that was attempting to merge.

Hit-and-run driver calls to report causing a motorcycle accident

Illinois police were called to the scene of an accident in Lake County in the early morning hours of a recent Wednesday. Upon arrival, they found the body of a 50-year-old man whom they suspected had been thrown from his bike in a motorcycle accident. Police say they were under the initial impression that the motorcyclist had failed to navigate his bike around a curve and lost control.

While checking the accident scene, it became apparent that a motor vehicle had played a part in the crash. The sheriff's office reportedly received a call from a 34-year-old woman later that day. The woman informed police of her involvement in an accident and claimed to have fled the accident scene for fear of the consequences.

Driver who caused fatal November bicycle accident admits to DUI

On an afternoon in November last year, a 33-year-old Illinois man was cycling on the shoulder of a Carbondale roadway when he was knocked down by a vehicle. Witnesses reported seeing the driver swerving across the traffic lanes before the vehicle struck the cyclist. Police were alerted about the bicycle accident, and officers arrived to find the man unconscious on the ground.

It was reported at the time that the victim's heart failed, but he was revived before he was rushed to a hospital. There it was determined that he had suffered a broken back and neck, rib fractures and severe head trauma. He was then airlifted to another hospital but succumbed to his injuries the following morning.

Distracted drivers 4 times more likely to cause a car accident

Distracted driving remains a matter of concern for Illinois authorities. It is reported that this time of the year -- when students are going back to schools, colleges and universities -- typically leads to more accidents involving teenagers. Many car accident injuries have been linked to distracted drivers.

Although distracted driving is commonly associated with drivers using mobile devices, there are multiple other things that can cause a driver's attention to be diverted. Putting on makeup, eating and tuning the radio can cause distractions that may have devastating consequences. Authorities urge drivers to choose a safe spot to pull off the road to use a mobile device or to engage in any of the mentioned activities.

Alleged drunk driving accident injures 5 when car is rear-ended

A 36-year-old Illinois mother was recently arrested after rear-ending another vehicle. She faces multiple charges after failing a field sobriety test when police found four minor children, covered in spilled alcohol, in the car with her. Another bottle of liquor was allegedly found in a diaper bag in the car. Chicago Police reported that the driver was in an altercation with the occupants of the rear-ended vehicle when they arrived at the scene of the alleged drunk driving accident.

The accident reportedly happened when the alleged drunk driver smashed into a stationary vehicle at a red traffic light. The stationary vehicle was occupied by five people, of whom three were children, and they were all transported to a hospital for treatment of bruises and neck injuries. The severity of the injuries was not published.

Rider airlifted after motorcycle accident on Illinois Route 92

Motorcycle riders sometimes put their lives on the line on the busy Illinois roads. The protection of a helmet is typically not enough to protect a rider from internal trauma, and it provides no protection against spinal cord injuries in the event of a motorcycle accident. Despite the regular calls for drivers of motor vehicles to keep a lookout for motorcycles, bike riders continue suffer severe -- and sometimes fatal -- injuries in accidents in which vehicle operators fail to yield.

A 43-year-old motorcyclist was fortunate to survive a collision with a car on a recent Tuesday. A preliminary accident report indicates that the collision occurred shortly before 2 a.m. on Route 92. Police say the motorcyclist was eastbound when a westbound driver turned left onto another road, directly into the motorcycle's path.

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