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Edwardsville Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

A motorcycle crash may leave a family with unexpected expenses

After a long winter many motorcycle owners enjoy cruising Illinois roadways when beautiful spring weather arrives. Unfortunately, negligent drivers of larger vehicles can be very dangerous to a bike rider. Recently, a man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after he was involved in a fatal motorcycle crash and failed to report it.

In the evening hours of a day in May 2015, a couple was traveling westbound when a sedan headed eastbound crossed into their lane and collided with them. A nearby firefighter heard the accident and approached the scene to offer any needed assistance. He noticed as he arrived that the driver of the sedan was out of his car and appeared to be looking at papers. The sedan driver claimed the firefighter arrived before he could contact authorities. Both the male and female motorcycle riders succumbed to their injuries on the scene of the accident before being able to be transported to a medical facility.

Illinois hit-and-run car accident became fatal

Numerous factors and studies are taken into account to determine the speed limit for streets. Safety for all drivers and pedestrians are a big factor in determining those limits. While many speed violations may only result in a citation, there are times that speeding can cause a car accident and result in serious consequences. Recently, an Illinois woman lost her life after a speeding driver ran over her causing a fatal injury.

Early in the new year of 2017, a 52-year-old woman was seen collapsing for unknown reasons as she crossed a street within a crosswalk. One nearby driver noticed the woman, stopped his car and turned on his emergency lights. Two other nearby people attempted to run to the woman's aide to help her out of the street. Before they could help the woman, an unidentified hit-and-run driver sped through the crosswalk running over the woman in the process. Street video surveillance showed the driver did not stop after the incident.

Speeding and DUI likely a factor in fatal Illinois car accident

There are many holiday parties at this time of the year, which may lead to an increase of drunk driving incidents on Illinois roadways. Drivers who make the unwise decision to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol increase their chances of injuring others and/or themselves. Recently, three women lost their lives and two others were injured in a car accident after a man may have driven drunk while speeding.

In the early hours of the morning, a sedan was traveling at an unknown speed in suburban Chicago when it crashed into multiple parked cars. The car contained a male driver and four female passengers. With the impact of the crash all of the passengers were thrown from the vehicle. The investigation has not confirmed if any of the passengers were wearing seat belts.

Car accident in Illinois injures trooper -- drunk driver?

People make poor choices every day. Unfortunately, some of those choices can negatively affect others. Recently, an Illinois trooper recounted how his life has changed after a woman decided to drive drunk and cause the car accident that injured him. 

Two years ago while on patrol, a drunk 61-year-old female hit the trooper with her SUV. After she hit him, she continued to drive, leaving the scene. She hit a retaining wall and then crashed into another SUV with seven occupants. The impact with the other SUV caused it to flip, causing several injuries to those in the vehicle.

Three men die in Illinois car accident

Simple decisions can lead to devastating consequences in a matter of moments. A man from Illinois drove the wrong way on a busy interstate late one recent night. The decision led to a car accident ending the lives of three men.

It was late on a Friday night when a man, for unknown reasons, made the fatal decision to drive the wrong way on the expressway. He collided with another vehicle that contained another driver and one passenger. The other driver was working for a ride-share company and was transporting the passenger from the airport to his residence. They were both killed on the scene of the accident along with the driver of the other vehicle. The accident was so extensive that it shut down traffic in the westbound lanes of the interstate for six hours.

Victims injured by a drunk driver can seek compensation

Driving under the influence is a choice that is almost always followed by negative consequences. Unfortunately, some of those consequences affect others on the road. People injured by a drunk driver may feel a lot of anger as some injuries suffered can last for years. Recently, an Illinois a woman was arrested for her poor choice of driving while impaired.

For unknown reasons, a 25-year-old woman was stopped in the middle of a right hand interstate lane in the very early hours of the morning. A minivan traveling in the same lane rear ended her car, not expecting the car to be stationary. Both drivers were taken to a nearby medical center. The extent of their injuries is unknown. 

Illinois car accident injures woman and kills young boy

It only takes seconds to distract a driver's eyes off the road. Whether it is another person in the car, texting on a phone, eating or looking at nearby businesses, an insignificant distraction can mean the difference between life or death for someone involved a car accident. Recently, in Illinois, a driver struck a woman and a 2-year-old boy with his car as he made a left turn onto another street.

The driver turned left onto the road the woman and boy were crossing when he hit them with his vehicle. Current reports do not state the suspected reason the driver did not see the woman or the small child. The driver, a male, was not arrested at the scene but was taken into custody. Witness report that the driver did not appear to be under any kind of influence at the time of the accident.

Car accident injuries and death result after dispute in truck

People in today's society are given a wealth of information and tools on how to protect themselves. Each year new studies and technology become available, designed to make people safer than ever before. Though a person can take every precaution to protect themselves, there are times that the actions of others can present a danger and injury that was not anticipated. Unexpected injury can be very costly in different forms, ranging from the loss of wages to medical bills and emotional distress. Recently, in Illinois, car accident injuries and one death appear to be the result of a domestic dispute between a couple in a semi-truck. 

As police begin the investigation of the November incident, 911 calls have offered many clues. Dispatchers reported calls of a semi-truck traveling at very fast speeds on the highway just prior to the accidents. Some witnesses also reported that it appeared as if the couple in the truck were in the middle of a domestic dispute. One witness even reported that the female passenger jumped from the truck as it was moving, making it a possible a key factor in the multi-car collision.

Boy injured after hit and run car accident

Trick or treating with a child is a tradition that has many families out on the streets on Halloween night. Parents expect to enjoy the night watching their eager children in the age old tradition and return home with a child full of sugar. With the increase of pedestrians on the street on Halloween, the risk of a car accident increases. Recently, in Illinois, one driver did not take enough precaution when he struck a 3-year-old boy with his car and fled the scene. 

According to reports the boy and his family were crossing the street within the crosswalk when he was hit by the car. He was sent to a nearby medical center in critical condition. The extent of his injuries is unknown.

Drunk driving accident kills mother and unborn child

Drunk driving accidents in Illinois are always preventable. When people make the choice to operate vehicles while under the influence, they are risking unnecessary injuries and tragic deaths in the event that their reckless driving results in collisions. It is known that the fatalities stemming from these types of incidents are often not the intoxicated drivers who caused them but, instead, the unsuspected victims in their paths. Recently, in Illinois, a drunk driving accident resulted in the unfortunate and sad death of a mother and her unborn child.

In the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 21, a suspected drunk driver made a turn to travel southbound on Illinois 48 when he collided into another car. The other car contained an engaged couple, and the female passenger was several months pregnant. Sadly, both the mother and the unborn child died as a result of the accident.