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.
Though the driver fled the scene, police were able to locate him within a couple of days. The accused driver is 25 years old and faces multiple charges. He faces multiple charges, including the failure to report an accident with injury and leaving the scene of an accident involving an injury.
The parents of the boy of this horrible accident never imagined they would wake up the next day in the hospital. Instead, they not only faced intense worry as their son remained in the hospital, but surely overwhelming unexpected medical bills. Any car accident can put any family in a similar situation of stress and grief. Illinois families involved in similar car accidents could benefit from talking to a personal injury attorney to guide them through their options to pursue claims for financial relief from damages sustained.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Southwest Side man charged in hit-and-run that injured toddler", Elvia Malagon, Nov. 4, 2016