Posted On: July 29, 2011

Lake Zurich teen’s life tragically cut short by hit and run driver.

Lake Zurich police are still searching for the driver of a light colored SUV that struck three teens from behind who were walking to the annual Alpine Fest at Lions Park along the shoulder of Church Street after 9:00 p.m. last Friday evening, killing Gabriella Drozdz, 18, and injuring her friends.

No course of legal action can ever bring back a loved one who was killed by a motorist. It is especially hurtful when justice is forestalled by a hit and run driver who continues to evade police and refuses to come forward to take responsibility for his cowardly actions.

Although a family can never truly be made whole after the devastating loss of a loved one, Illinois law does provide recourse for some insurance policy holders. Illinois statute requires insurance companies to offer uninsured motorist coverage. It is meant to protect a policyholder who is injured or killed by an uninsured or underinsured motorist, even in cases where a hit and run driver strikes a pedestrian and the driver or vehicle owner’s identity is unknown.

The Klest Injury Law Firm has been handling high profile personal injury cases in the Chicago area for over 29 years. We have offices located in downtown Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois. If you or someone you love has been involved in a serious accident, click here or call (866)264-7639 for a free consultation.

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Posted On: July 26, 2011

Driver headed the wrong way hits two pedestrians crossing Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

A driver headed the wrong way on Michigan Avenue during Friday evening rush hour, struck two pedestrians crossing the street near the 200 block of North Michigan Avenue. Chicago Fire Department Paramedics arrived on the scene, taking the victims to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. Chicago Police cited the driver with several traffic violations, including negligent driving and disobeying a red light.

Typically in personal injury cases, the insurance company of the negligent party will be responsible for paying damages to the injured party. However, when an injury or death occurs, the insurance company may not always be helpful. Insurance company representatives have been known to contact injury victims only a few days after an accident occurs offering a small amount of money and asking the victim to sign documents. An accident victim shouldn’t feel pressured into settling with an insurance company. In these types of situations, you may wish to consider speaking with an experienced accident lawyer to learn what your options are.

The Klest Injury Law Firm has been handling high profile personal injury cases in the Chicago area for over 29 years. We have offices located in downtown Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois. If you or someone you love has been involved in a serious accident, click here or call (866)264-7639 for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest

Posted On: July 21, 2011

Drunk driver kills woman riding motorcycle in suburban Chicago car accident.

A Chicago man has been charged with aggravated DUI and reckless homicide after crashing into a motorcycle on Sibley Boulevard, killing the rider. The drunk driver then pulled over and attempted to remove the license plates from his vehicle and flee the scene, but was detained by witnesses before he could get away.

Drunk driving accidents in Illinois and throughout the country often result in serious personal injuries or even wrongful death. Liability in such cases is not always limited to the driver charged with DUI. In some cases, the bar that served alcohol to the drunk driver may also be held liable for the victim’s injuries.

The criminal proceedings in the underlying matter are important as well. Facts, which are relevant in the criminal matter, may also be significant to a civil action, or the lawsuit against the driver initiated to recover damages for the victim’s injuries or wrongful death.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a Metropolitan Chicago car accident involving a drunk driver, you may wish to speak with an experienced injury attorney to explore your options and protect your rights. To speak with a licensed, knowledgeable attorney at the Klest Injury Law Firm, please click here.

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Posted On: July 18, 2011

Sex Abuse Victims Often Remain Silent for Years

Last week, police charged an Antioch man with molesting a 9-year-old girl, although the incidents of abuse allegedly occurred nearly 10 years ago. Authorities began investigating the matter last June after the victim, who is now 18, came forward to police with information about the abuse.

Victims of child sexual abuse often remain silent about the abuse for years, sometimes coming forward only after they reach adulthood. If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse, you should speak with an Illinois personal injury attorney to assess a potential claim. To speak with an experienced sexual abuse lawyer, please click here.

Posted On: July 13, 2011

Few Midwestern campus sexual assault cases result in arrests or convictions.

A recent Chicago Tribune survey of six universities in Illinois and Indiana found that of 171 campus sexual assault cases reported since 2005, police investigations resulted in only 12 arrests and 4 convictions. The rate is far below the national average, leaving most victims with no resolution to their case.

In the midst of this alarming trend, the Department of Education has begun a new initiative to encourage universities and police to more aggressively pursue reports of sexual assaults on campuses. But, because many of these cases involve alcohol, authorities tend to have a difficult time assessing the facts when comparing conflicting accounts from the suspects and their accusers.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse, you should speak with an Illinois personal injury attorney to assess a potential claim. To speak with an experienced sexual abuse lawyer, please click here.

Posted On: July 8, 2011

Drunk driver runs red light killing Chicago woman in Chicago car accident

Earlier this week a Chicago Woman was killed by a drunk driver in a DUI hit-and-run in the Back of the Yards neighborhood of Chicago. The Cook County States Attorney’s Office said a 69-year-old man who has a history of drunk driving, had a blood-alcohol content of nearly four times the legal limit when he drove his Jeep Cherokee north on Ashland through a red light at about 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, killing a woman while she was crossing the street.

Witnesses reported seeing the Cherokee head north after the crash through an alley seconds before a Chicago Police sergeant arrived at the scene. The sergeant curbed the SUV on 45th Street. According to Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Waller, the driver could barely stand under his own power and an empty bottle of gin fell out of the Jeep as the driver stepped out of the car.
Waller also said, the Driver was then taken to Mercy Hospital, where doctors determined his blood alcohol level to be at 0.316 percent, or nearly four times the legal limit.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a Chicago area car accident, you should speak with an experienced injury attorney to explore your options and protect your rights. To speak with an attorney, please click here.

Posted On: July 6, 2011

Truck Driver Killed in Chicago Truck Accident

A Chicago truck accident claimed the life of a Chicago man yesterday morning. The fatal truck accident occurred on the 17100 block of South Halsted St. in East Hazel Crest, IL. According to published reports, a truck driver had stalled at the intersection of 171st St. and Halsted and had exited his truck in order to wave down other motorists. He was then struck by another semi truck and pinned between the two oversized vehicles.

The victim, who was a resident of the 3300 block of W. 79th St., was reportedly rushed to Ingalls Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 7:37 a.m. according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Police have indicated that the driver of the truck that pinned the victim was issued a citation. The truck accident remains under investigation by local authorities.

Truck accidents are often deadly due to the size and mass of the vehicles involved in the collision. The United States Department of Transportation estimates that about 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year in the United States. These accidents result in around 5,000 fatalities per year. Given these accident statistics, Chicago motorists are urged to take extra precaution when driving near or around trucks.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a trucking accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to preserve crucial evidence and protect your rights. To speak with a Chicago area trucking accident lawyer, please click here.

Posted On: July 4, 2011

Chicago Area Car Accident Claims Life of Rolling Meadows, IL, Woman

This morning, a 2005 Pontiac Montana minivan barreled into two vehicles that were stopped and waiting for traffic on the Jane Adams Memorial Tollway, killing a 20-year-old Rolling Meadows, IL, woman and injuring several others.

According to officers with the Illinois State Police’s Tollway District, the suburban Chicago car accident happened just before 1 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the Jane Adams approaching the Devon Toll Plaza. The 40-year-old driver of the Pontiac Montana struck two vehicles, a Ford Explorer and a 1998 Ford Windstar minivan. The force of the impact caused the 20-year old victim, a passenger of the Ford minivan, to be thrown from the vehicle. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, she was pronounced dead at 3:20 this morning. None of the other accident victims were seriously injured. Nevertheless, police stated that all of them were taken to area hospitals.

An Illinois State Police sergeant said that the driver of the Pontiac was given citations for speeding and for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash. Police also stated that an autopsy is scheduled for later today for the 20-year-old Rolling Meadows Woman who died this morning after the crash. Local police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal car accident.

The Klest Law Firm is experienced in handling personal injury cases involving vehicle collisions. To speak with an attorney from the Klest Law Firm, please click here.

Posted On: July 1, 2011

Several Injuries Reported as Car Drives into Restaurant in Goshen

An SUV crashed into an Applebee’s restaurant last night causing at least three injuries in Goshen, IL. The car accident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. at the Applebee’s restaurant located at 1807 Reith Blvd. just off U.S. 33. The driver reportedly mistakenly hit the gas pedal instead of the brake as she was attempting to park her vehicle outside of the restaurant. The SUV then slammed into the restaurant taking out one of the windows and a portion of the façade. The collision destroyed the window as well as a table and left food and glass all over the restaurant. Witnesses described a hectic scene as the car exploded into the building colliding with a table that held a family of diners.

Police and firefighters immediately arrived to the scene of the crash. The car accident victims were rushed to Goshen General Hospital. Subsequent reports have indicated that none of the accident victims suffered fatal injuries. Other diners at the restaurant were not asked to leave though most congregated outside following the crash. The driver of the SUV indicated that she was a Chicago resident on her way to the lake for the weekend and that she was stopping at the restaurant for a quick meal.

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