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Edwardsville Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Cross-over auto accident may lead to wrongful death claim

No criminal charges are expected to follow a fatal crash that claimed the lives of two individuals from Cutler. According to the Illinois State Police, the auto accident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. on a recent Monday. An accident report indicates that three vehicles were involved in the fatal collision on Route 150 in the vicinity of Steeleville.

Police say a 39-year-old woman with a passenger was westbound in a sedan when -- for unknown reasons -- she veered across the center line. Her car reportedly first struck an eastbound trailer that was pulled behind a pickup truck that was operated by a 40-year-old Sparta man. Then the westbound sedan smashed head-on into a semi truck that was immediately behind the trailer.

2nd fatal car accident in I-90 construction zone in 3 weeks

Illinois residents who use of the Jane Addams Tollway when road construction is underway do so at some risk. Despite all the publicity about National Work Zone Awareness Week between April 11 and 15, one person was killed in a fatal car accident in the construction zone on Interstate 90 during that time. This follows another construction zone crash that also claimed the life of one person and injured several others only three weeks earlier.

The most recent collision involved a car driven by a 79-year-old Elgin resident and a tow truck. The circumstances that led to the death of the car driver and injuries to the tow truck driver were not disclosed initially. The investigation is ongoing. The crash on March 25 killed one person who was traveling in a rented limo; six other occupants were injured.

A victim describes her life after a drunk driving accident

The losses for victims of car accidents are often much more than financial. An Illinois woman from Quad City described how a drunk driving accident changed her life. She and her son were traveling in Moline on Airport Road last November when an alleged drunk driver crossed the center line and smashed into them. That driver was subsequently arrested for DUI -- his fifth arrest for impaired driving.

From her wheelchair in the nursing home where she has been for the past five months, the woman described the humiliation of having a stranger wash her body and having to call for help to go to the bathroom. Her injuries included a torn rotator cuff, a broken sternum, bilateral fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. Also, the injuries to her legs were extensive -- her left knee was dislocated, her ankles were crushed, and she suffered multiple fractures in both legs and broken bones in her feet.

Hit-and-run bicycle accident kills Fayette County rider

Most motor vehicle operators in Illinois keep a lookout for bicyclists and pedestrians. Nevertheless, incidents continue to occur in which bicyclists are knocked down by motorists -- often with devastating consequences. It is also not all that uncommon for a driver who caused a bicycle accident to flee the scene without stopping.

A 30-year-old bicyclist was traveling west on U.S. Route 40 in Fayette County shortly before 6 a.m. on a recent Monday when he was struck by a car that was also westbound. The driver allegedly failed to stop and check on the victim, and he also did not file a police report after the accident. Investigators with the Illinois State Police identified the alleged hit-and-run driver as a 31-year-old man.

Limo in auto accident kills 1, injures 5 en route to airport

A limo accident on I-90 on a recent Friday morning injured five passengers and took the life of another. An off-duty rescue worker happened to be a few car lengths behind the limo at the time of the auto accident and said it was a violent crash. He ran to help the occupants who were all trapped in the limo and reported that they could only be rescued after the windows were smashed by a hammer.

Although the accident investigation is still ongoing, a preliminary Illinois State Police report suggests the driver was blinded by the sun. This might have caused him to crash the limo into a concrete wall. The vehicle rolled over, trapping the occupants inside.

Teenager's apparent horsing around causes car accident injury

A 16-year-old Illinois teenager was injured while apparently horsing around with three other teens and a car. Regarding an automobile as a toy can have devastating consequences. The severity of the car accident injury is unknown, but the boy was rushed to an area hospital from where he was later transferred to Lutheran General Hospital in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge.

According to a report by the St. Charles Police Department, the accident occurred on a recent Saturday afternoon. Witnesses reportedly told officers that the teenager jumped onto the trunk of a passenger car that was being driven by another 16-year-old, with two others -- ages 15 and 16 -- as passengers in the car. The car apparently pulled off and out of sight of the witness. However, some yelling followed, and the witness went around the corner to see what had happened.

Alleged street racer charged after death of car accident victim

Street racing is a dangerous activity that has caused many serious injuries and even some fatalities in Illinois in the past. The December death of an Aurora resident led to homicide charges filed against the driver alleged to be responsible. The 15-year-old daughter of the deceased driver also suffered injuries in the car accident. Both father and daughter had to be extricated from the wreck, and the father succumbed to critical injuries three days later.

The charges against the 20-year-old driver include reckless homicide, alleging his behavior caused the death that followed the crash. Reckless actions such as taking part in street racing, failure to maintain driving in a single traffic lane and multiple speeding allegations each formed part of the nine counts of reckless homicide. The initial charges were all traffic violations, but upon completion of the accident investigation, the charges were upgraded to felonies.

Failure to yield causes injuries to 4 in Illinois car accident

Illinois drivers who fail to obey basic rules of the road may be responsible for serious auto accidents that can lead to civil lawsuits. One such accident recently resulted in injuries to several people. According to the Illinois State Police, the car accident occurred in Saline County mid-morning on a recent Thursday.

A crash report indicates that a 37-year-old Henderson man who was traveling south on Route 142 made a left turn without yielding to a northbound car. He allegedly turned into the way of the approaching vehicle, which was driven by a 46-year-old Eldorado woman. She could not avoid the collision that followed.

1 dead, 1 injured in car accident after drinking at local pub

An Illinois officer came upon a crashed passenger vehicle in River Forest in the early morning hours of a recent Friday. The car was abandoned at the scene where it had crashed into a concrete embankment. It was later determined that a second vehicle had transported the injured occupants from the car accident scene.

A preliminary report indicates that the two vehicles were traveling together after the occupants were drinking at a Forest Park pub. After the first car had crashed, the friends in the second car transported one person to a hospital and the other to the home of his family. This victim was reportedly later taken to the hospital.

Car accident: Pedestrian struck as light cycles from green to red

Pedestrians who cross the busy Illinois roads in crosswalks naturally expect to be safe. Unfortunately, not all pedestrians use the crosswalks, and not all vehicle operators keep a proper lookout for pedestrians. A car accident involving a pedestrian occurred at an intersection in Warrenville on a recent Monday evening.

According to a preliminary accident investigation, the pedestrian was still in the process of crossing the street when the traffic light cycled to red for her. The driver of an approaching vehicle traveled through the intersection as the light turned green and hit the pedestrian. It is not clear whether the pedestrian was in the crosswalk, and if she wasn't, she may carry part of the blame for her injuries. Even if she was jaywalking, the driver might have been able to avoid hitting her. If so, under the personal injury doctrine of last clear chance, the driver may bear financial responsibility for the accident.