November 14, 2014

Drunk Driver Kills Pedestrian on NW Side - Bail Set at $400K

A Cook County Judge set a $400,000 bail for Maciej Machniewicz who is charged with felony aggravated DUI following a car accident. Machniewicz, who prosecutors are saying never had a valid drivers license, was charged with aggravated DUI after striking and killing a 62 year-old woman Tuesday on the Chicago's Northwest Side who had just exited a bus.

This straightforward case, however, considering a circumstance where a driver didn't have a license, it's possible that he did not have valid insurance coverage either.

In a 2010 case, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld exclusionary provisions in a car insurance contract that allowed an insurance company to deny coverage where the driver was the owner of the vehicle but did not have a driver's license or was driving with a suspended license. Essentially, this means that someone driving around without a license, even if that person is paying for car insurance, may not actually have coverage if he or she negligently causes an accident.

Nevertheless, Illinois law mandates that car insurance policies issued in this state include uninsured motorist coverage. The purpose is to provide coverage for people who are hurt or killed by an uninsured driver. Under these circumstances, a victim's own car insurance policy steps in as if the negligent driver had coverage. Navigating these issues can get complicated and each case is certain to have a unique set of circumstances. Seeking consultation with an experienced, licensed attorney is highly recommended.

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May 13, 2014

Is the new Illinois "hands free" cell phone law lowering traffic fatalities?

Effective January 1, 2014, a new law came in to effect in Illinois. Drivers must now use a hands-free device to talk on a cell phone while driving. Prior to the law taking effect, one troubling statistic facing Illinois drivers showed that traffic deaths in the state rose for the second straight year in 2013.

As police hand out more and more tickets for illegal cell phone use on Illinois roadways, the hope is that drivers decide to put away their cell phones when they get behind the wheel and by the end of the year, perhaps there will be fewer families dealing with what could have been an avoidable tragedy.

To contact Joseph Klest about this topic, please, click here, or dial 866-264-7639 to reach the Klest Injury Law Firm.

© Joseph Klest, 2014.

May 6, 2014

Parents Driving Drunk With Kids in the Car: An Alarming National Trend

It's no surprise that drunk driving causes fatal car accidents. But many people may be shocked to learn that according to results of a study recently published on the matter, 65 percent of children who are killed in drunk driving accidents were actually passengers in the car of the impaired driver as opposed to passengers in a car hit by a drunk driver.

Perhaps the greatest tragedy of this heart breaking statistic is that it's entirely avoidable.

If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed by a drunk driver you should contact an experience injury attorney right away to assure your rights are preserved.

© Joseph Klest, 2014.

April 29, 2014

SUV Hits a Bus in Chicago Hurting 15 People

According to witnesses, at around 10 o'clock, Monday morning, an SUV crossed the center line of a street striking a Chicago Transit Authority bus on the city's South Side. The crashed caused 15 people to be injured with at least one person seriously injured.

Car accidents sometimes seem like a common occurrence on Chicago streets. Often times people are injured in car accidents through no fault of their own. If someone negligently causes a wreck, that driver's insurance company should compensate the victims. Nevertheless, insurance companies may not offer an accident victim fair compensation for their case.

An experienced, aggressive Chicago accident attorney may be the difference between receiving fair value for a case and being left with outstanding medical costs.

Please, click here, or dial 866-264-7639 to speak with Joseph Klest, an attorney with over 30 years of experience representing accident victims in the Chicago area. The conversation is free.

© Joseph Klest, 2014.

February 12, 2013

Losing a family member in a car accident

The statistics in Illinois are frightening. As of only February 12, 2013, the date of this posting, there have been more car accident fatalities in Illinois than there were at the same time last year. Also, more people lost their lives in car crashes in 2012 than did in 2011 in this state.

There are some steps you can take that may save your life or the life of a loved one. Statistics gathered by the Illinois Department of Transportation show that approximately a quarter of the fatal crashes in Illinois since the beginning of the year happened when someone was either not wearing a seat-belt or was improperly restrained.

Make it a point to wear your seat-belt and make sure, if you're a driver, to have your passengers wear seat-belts too. When it comes to children, this couldn't be more important. Make sure that all children riding in your car are properly restrained and that any car seats are correctly secured; it may save a life.

To speak to Chicago trail attorney, Joseph Klest, about these or any other issues related to car accidents, please, click here, or dial 866-264-7639.

January 30, 2013

Chicago car accident lawyer gives advice about safe winter driving

Although Chicago has seen record high temperatures this January, winter is not over yet. As the temperature fluctuates above and below freezing, motorists throughout Chicagoland are likely to encounter unsafe road conditions more than once before we reach spring.

Accidents do happen and, sometimes, they are unavoidable, but there are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones during these often unpredictable winter months in Chicago.

- Keep informed. Check your local weather forecast before heading out on the roadways, and if you can avoid having to travel in icy conditions, stay at home.

- Be prepared. You'll want to keep a few things in your car for those cold winter months that can make a big difference when you need them. Ice scrapers are a must, of course, but consider keeping a small shovel in your trunk just in case you may have to dig yourself out of a heavy snowfall.

- Don't rush. I get it, life can be hectic and it often seems like there isn't enough time in the day to go slowly, but when the roads are slick, it's better to take your time and keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you. Having enough room to stop may mean the difference between getting there safely or having an accident.

To talk to an experienced trial lawyer at the Klest Injury Law Firm, please click here, or dial 866-264-7639. The consultation is free and there is no obligation.

© Joseph Klest, 2013.

December 19, 2012

Woman Turns Herself in to Police After Fatal Chicago Car Accident

A 39 year old man was killed on Tuesday morning in a hit-and-run accident that happened in Chicago's West Woodlawn neighborhood. It was reported that the driver, who later turned herself in to police, fled the scene after striking the man on the 6700 block of South Langley Avenue.

in a hit-and-run case, an experienced injury attorney will take advantage of every available resource to try to identify the perpetrator. When the victim of a hit-and-run dies, an experienced attorney may be the best resource that victim's family can have when prosecuting their case.

Joseph G. Klest has been representing families in wrongful death cases throughout his 30 year practice in Chicago. Please, click here, or dial 866-264-7639 to contact Mr. Klest for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2012.

December 18, 2012

Illinois Traffic Deaths on the Rise in 2012

According to statistics kept by the Illinois Department of Transportation or IDOT, the number of fatal crashes in Chicago and Cook County has increased from 2011 to 2012. As of December 18, 2012 IDOT reports 125 fatal Chicago car accidents in 2012. This number is up from 109 in 2011.

Transportation officials have pointed to increased driving due to warmer weather as the cause of increased fatal accidents. The warmer weather has lengthened the riding season for motorcyclists. The first 6 of 2012 also saw an increase in deaths related to motorcycle accidents in the Chicago area.

Attorney Joseph Klest has been representing serious injury victims in the Chicago area for 30 years. If you or a loved one have been seriously hurt in a car accident, please, click here, or dial 866-264-7639, to contact the Klest Injury Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.

December 17, 2012

Chicago Car Accident Seriously Injures Young Girl on South Side

An 11-year-old girl was hit by a car on Chicago's far South Side neighborhood of Altgeld Gardens yesterday. She was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition following the car accident.

In some situations when the person responsible for a car accident does not have insurance or is under-insured, or in a hit-and-run situation where the responsible party speeds off before being identified, an injured victim may have a claim for compensation against his or her own insurance company. In these types of situations, an insurance company will be in the position as if it were the responsible party and the relationship between the injured person and his or her insurance company becomes adversarial. In those types of circumstances, it is recommended that the car accident victim seek advice from an experienced injury attorney.

Attorney Joseph Klest has been representing injured victims in the Chicago area for 30 years. To set up a free consultation with an experienced Chicago car accident attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, please click here, or dail 866-264-7639.

November 16, 2012

Chicago Fatal Car Accident

As the weather cools down in Chicago, drivers should be aware of potentially dangerous road conditions. Taking precautions when icy weather hits can help avoid car accidents. Road conditions like black ice can make traveling in Chicago a lot more treacherous.

Recently, temperatures in the Chicago area dipped below freezing and this coincided with over a dozen reported car accidents including a fatal car crash on the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway where a man lost his life after a collision that occurred just west of Gary Avenue.

Taking precautions can help save lives. When driving in in snowy weather it's important to stay alert and avoid distractions by keeping both hands on the wheel and putting your cellphone away.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, call 866-264-7639, or click here, for a free consultation with an experienced attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2012.

August 3, 2012

Illinois Megabus Crash Kills One, Dozens Injured

At least one person has died and dozens were injured in a Litchfield, IL bus accident on Thursday. A double-decker Megabus crashed into a concrete bridge support pillar on I-55 after blowing a tire on its way from Chicago to Kansas City. Illinois State Police confirmed that a woman seated on the second level was killed in the crash.

Bus companies have a duty to provide safe transportation to their passengers. When a bus company is negligent, the results may be catastrophic. With the number of miles a bus travels every year, normal wear and tear will occur. Proper maintenance can be the difference between safe travel and a terrible accident.

For over 30 years, Chicago attorney, Joseph Klest, has been representing people who have been injured in accidents through no fault of their own. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle, click here, or dial 866-264-7639 for a free consultation with an experienced attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2012.

May 18, 2012

What should I do after a car accident?

It’s easy to find sources online ready to give advice about what to do when you get in a car accident. Many of them with numbered lists of things you should do and steps you should take. Although some of those lists may be helpful, I would be willing to bet that anyone would find it difficult to remember what 10 things they should do just after being in car accident. That’s why, with this blog post, I’d like to focus on what I feel is the most important thing to remember for accident victims: Seek medical treatment as soon as possible and follow up with your doctor.

People who have been in car accidents know that a person can easily become disoriented after being hit by another car. And, depending on how severe the collision was, an accident victim can be badly injured or even lose consciousness. That’s why it’s important to get medical care right away.

Also, you may not be aware of the full extent of your injuries immediately after the accident. Follow up with your doctor and pay close attention to your condition. Report any changes in symptoms to your doctor and keep a written record of your treatment whenever possible. The most important thing is your health. That should be the first priority for any accident victim.

Attorney, Joseph Klest, has thirty years of experience representing people who have been injured by of the wrongful acts or negligence of others. Click here, or dial 866-264-7639 for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2012.

March 6, 2012

Preventing Distracted Driving Injuries

Thousands of people are killed each year by distracted drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2009 over 5,000 people were killed in car accidents involving distracted drivers and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured. Reported incidents of distracted driving are proportionally the highest among drivers under the age of 20. Approximately 20% of all crashes in 2009 reported distraction. This is an unfortunate statistic that is entirely preventable.

Every driver on the road is responsible for operating his or her vehicle safely. Allowing a phone call or text to cause a distraction in the car can lead to serious injury or even death. It is important to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road while driving. Taking these simple precautions can help to insure your safety and the safety of others sharing the road.

If you have any questions or you would like to speak to an experienced Chicago car accident attorney at the Klest Injury Law Firm, click here, or call 866-264-7639 to schedule your free consultation.

Joseph G. Klest, © 2012.

February 10, 2012

Chicago car accident, other driver had no insurance.

Imagine this scenario. You were following the law in Illinois and bought car insurance. You had the misfortune of being involved in a car accident in Illinois and the other driver had no insurance. You still have options. Illinois law requires uninsured motorist coverage, or UM coverage. (625 ILCS 5/7-203). This means that even in cases where the at-fault driver had no insurance, the law is meant to place the policy holder in substantially the same position he or she would have been in if the wrongful driver carried minimum liability coverage.

In Illinois, the minimum liability coverage for an auto policy required as of the date of this blog-entry is $20,000 for one injured person per accident, up to $40,000 for two or more injured people per accident, and $15,000 for property damage. This type of coverage is often referred to as 20/40/15. This is also the minimum UM coverage required by law in Illinois. UM coverage will normally match the amount of liability coverage. So, if a policyholders liability coverage is over 20/40, his or her UM coverage will match the liability coverage, unless the policy holder rejects the additional coverage in writing. In addition, the "insurance company providing the coverage must provide applicants with a brief description of the coverage and advise them of their right to reject the coverage in excess of the limits." (215 ILCS 5/143a-2). In other words, where a car insurance policy holder has liability coverage over the minimum, his or her UM coverage will match those limits unless after being advised by the insurance company the policyholder rejects the additional coverage.

Another possibility is that the wrongful driver did have insurance at the time of the accident, but it wasn't enough. In that case you may have an under-insured motorist claim or a UIM claim. If an accident victim's claim is greater than the liability coverage of the at-fault driver, the injured person may be able to recover the difference between his or her claim and the wrongful driver's policy limits through a UIM claim.

These policies generally also apply to your spouse, family members living with you and passengers injured in a car covered by the policy. It can also apply to hit and run cases, and cases where a pedestrian or bike rider is hit by an uninsured or under-insured driver.

The Klest Injury Law Firm has been helping people in Chicago who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents through no fault of their own for nearly 30 years. If you or someone you know have been injured in an auto accident and you have questions about an uninsured or under-insured motorist claim cal 866-264-7639, or click here, for a free consultation with an experienced attorney from Klest Injury Law Firm.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2012.

October 10, 2011

Chicago couple dies in Minnesota car crash

A retired couple from Chicago were killed in a three-car accident in Goodhue County, Minnesota over the weekend. The couple were hit by a car traveling southbound on U.S. 52 as they were crossing the road headed westbound on Goodhue County Road 9. Authorities had detected alcohol on two of the three drivers.

Sadly, drunk driving accidents are a regular cause of wrongful death on our nations roadways. Even in cases where there were no fatalities, evidence should be properly reviewed to determine where a drunk driver consumed alcohol that lead to the accident in order to determine whether the bar that served the drinks may be held liable.

To speak with an experienced, Chicago drunk driving accident lawyer, click here, or dial 866-264-7639, for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

September 16, 2011

Bank teller injured in Rolling Meadows when SUV crashes into building

Harris bank located at 1951 Plum Grove Road in Rolling Meadows, IL, is still closed on Friday after a Jeep Cherokee crashed through the front of the building injuring a bank teller. No one else was reported injured in the crash.

Generally, in motor vehicle accident cases in Illinois, the insurance company of the negligent party is responsible for paying damages. For more information on this topic, it would be wise to seek the advice of an experienced attorney.

To speak to an experienced car accident attorney form the Klest Injury Law Firm, click here, or dial 866-264-7639 for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

September 12, 2011

Texting while driving incident

A Hawthorn Woods man died after being struck by a car while he was changing a tire on his pickup on the shoulder of Illinois Highway 53 near Rolling Meadows. The driver in the fatal crash was allegedly looking at her cell phone when she hit the victim’s car, which caused him to be pinned and terribly injured.

The driver, who failed to show up to court last Thursday for citations she received for the crash, was cited with texting while driving, improper lane usage and driving on the shoulder. Prosecutors are now weighing whether or not to pursue more serious charges against her.

Distracted driving is, unfortunately, a common cause of accidents. The reason texting while driving is so dangerous is because it cases someone to look down at his or her cell phone instead of at the road.

For a free consultation with an experienced attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, click here, or dial 866-264-7639.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

August 22, 2011

Will my insurance company cover me if I'm involved in a car accident?

One important question that arises after a car accident is whether your insurance company will cover the costs of any injuries or damages you may have suffered. Nearly every state, including Illinois, requires its drivers to carry auto insurance. Unfortunately, not everyone follows the law.

A good first step is to determine what type of insurance coverage you have. There are two kinds of auto insurance systems in the United States, at-fault and no-fault. The kind you have most likely depends on where you live. Most states are at-fault states, meaning the driver who is at-fault is legally responsible for any injuries or financial costs that were caused by the accident. Fewer states, for example, Michigan and Florida, have a no-fault system. In a no-fault system, your insurance company pays for the costs of your injuries, regardless of who is at fault. Even fewer states allow drivers to choose either a no-fault or at-fault policy. If you’re not sure what type of coverage you have, check your policy or ask your insurance adjuster. But before dealing with the insurance company, you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible to determine your rights.

To speak with an experienced car accident attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, click here, or call 866-264-7639 for a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

August 22, 2011

Chicago car accident sends 5 to hospital in critical condition

Police are investigating a car accident involving two taxi cabs that happened just before midnight on Saturday in Chicago’s River North neighborhood near the intersection of Orleans and Locust. The events that lead to the crash are still unclear; however some media outlets are reporting that the two taxis collided sending one into a light pole and the other into some cars parked nearby. Five people were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Some media reports have indicated that the cab drivers may have been involved in some type of altercation before the crash. Often, civil cases that arise out of an auto accident proceed under a theory of negligence, in which case it may be necessary to prove that the driver at fault breached a duty of care. In some cases, the driver who caused the crash may have not only breached a duty of care, but may have acted recklessly or intentionally, disregarding the safety of others.

To speak to an experienced car accident attorney in the Chicago area, click here, or call 866-264-7639 for a free consultation.

© Klest Injury Law Firm, 2011.

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.

© Klest Injury Law Firm.

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.

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.

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

June 19, 2011

Lyons Township Car Accident Leaves Three Injured and Two Dead

A Chicago area car accident left three injured and two others dead this morning in Lyons, IL. The fatal head on car accident occurred at the intersection of 1st Avenue and West 47th St. arpund 4:30 a.m. According to published reports, Lyons Police were responding to a call of a motorist driving the wrong way up a one way street when they learned of the car accident. Responding officers found two vehicles involved in what appeared to be a head on collision at the site of the incident. They also found two car accident victims that had been ejected from one of the vehicles. The other three car crash victims had to be extricated by local fire crews.

The Chicago car accident claimed the life of a seven year old boy and a 43 year old Naperville man. Both of those accident victims were treated at Loyola Hospital. Police did not release information as to where the remaining accident victims received treatment. Those victims were listed in serious to critical condition. Traffic was shut down on 1st Avenue immediately following the crash so that investigators could would on accident reconstruction. Police have not indicated whether or not they believe drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the fatal car accident.

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.


June 10, 2011

Infant Dies Days after Multi Vehicle Chicago Car Accident

A five week year old infant was pronounced dead last Sunday following a Maywood, IL, car accident that occurred on May 28, 2011. The Chicago car accident reportedly involved three vehicles and may have been the result of a road rage incident. Reports indicate that the Chicago car crash was preceded by a confrontation that occurred in Melrose Park, IL, at the intersection of 9th and Winston. According to sources, 50 year old Elias Cruz and 35 year old Jose Maurus, were in a Toyota that was involved in some sort of altercation with an unidentified vehicle at the aforementioned location. The Toyota then began speeding while travelling south on 9th Avenue and crossed over into the northbound lanes just past Main St. where it collided head on with a white Nissan. The Toyota then became airborne and hit a black Pontiac that was driving behind the Nissan.

The Nissan was being driven by Josh Hurst and carrying Sarah Kiris and their five week old daughter. Both Hurst and Kiris, who had to be extricated from their car, were taken to Loyola Medical Center following the Chicago car accident. The men inside the Pontiac, Lonnie Reaves Jr. of Chicago, IL, and Antonio Martin of Chicago, IL, were reportedly not injured. Both the Cruz and Elias, the occupants of the Toyota, were pronounced dead on the date of the car accident. The five week old infant was at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood until her death last Sunday.

If you have any questions regarding fatal Chicago car accidents or would otherwise like to speak with an attorney, please click here.

June 2, 2011

Three Injured in Lockport, IL, Car Accident

Three individuals were seriously injured in a suburban Chicago car accident yesterday in Lockport, IL. The two vehicle Illinois car crash occurred on Archer Ave. at the intersection of 144th St. in Lockport, IL. According to reports, a 1991 box truck being operated by a Chicago man attempted to make a U-Turn onto northbound Archer Ave. near the 114th St. intersection when it was struck by a 1989 GMC pickup truck. The GMC pickup truck was being driven by a Lockport woman and had been travelling southbound behind the box truck on Archer. Police have indicated that attempting a U-Turn at the location of the Chicago car accident is illegal as it impedes traffic.

The GMC truck had a Lockport woman driver and a male passenger, also from Lockport. The driver of the box truck and both the Lockport male and female each suffered serious injuries as a result of the Chicago area car accident. All three were taken to Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, IL, for treatment of their injuries. The suburban Chicago car accident is still being investigated by local authorities.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident in or around Chicago, IL, you should contact an experienced trial attorney to explore your rights. To speak with a representative from the Klest Law Firm, please click here.

May 11, 2011

DUI Charges Follow North Suburban Car Crash

A Chicago area driver was allegedly under the influence of drugs caused multi vehicle car accident on the Edens expressway. The Chicago car accident occurred around 4:45 p.m. on the Edens spur ramp near Northbrook on Wednesday evening. According to reports, the accused motorist is 24 year old Ryan Tasic of Chicago. Tasic was allegedly driving a 1999 Honda Accord and speeding when he rear-ended a vehicle causing a four vehicle car accident. Tasic has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a drug paraphilia/hypodermic needle and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Firefighters and emergency response personnel from Glencoe, Deerfield, Glenview, Northfield, Highland Park and Skokie fire departments immediately responded to the scene of the car accident. An emergency helicopter was reportedly on standby but not used to transport to patients. The driver and a passenger in the vehicle that Tasic initially rear-ended were taken to Evanston Hospital. The two victims reportedly suffered very serious injuries including a broken back and a ruptured spleen. The driver of the vehicle that was struck by the initial rear end victims’ vehicle was taken to Highland Park Hospital with reportedly minor injuries. Tasic allegedly suffered serious injuries as a result of the collision and was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for treatment.

If you have been injured in an alcohol related car accident or have any questions regarding DUI car accidents and would like to speak with a Chicago personal injury attorney, please click here.


April 6, 2011

Melrose Park, IL, Car Accident Claims Life of Chicago Man

A Chicago resident was pronounced dead earlier today following a two vehicle Chicago car accident that occurred last week in the city of Melrose Park, IL. The Chicago car crash victim, 69 year old Bruce Dankowski of the 6100 block of West Berenice avenue, was reportedly pronounced dead at approximately 4:02 a.m. this morning. He was being treated for injuries at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Maywood, IL.

The victim was injured on March 31st while driving his 1987 Oldsmobile east on North Ave. around about 6:30 a.m. According to reports, Dankowski’s Oldsmobile was struck by 2007 Ford Taurus turning left onto North Avenue from 22nd Avenue. The turning Taurus caused the front right corner of Dankowski’s vehicle to collide with the passenger and front side of the Taurus. Information related to any injuries suffered by the driver of the Taurus, a 23 year old woman, remains unavailable. An autopsy has determined that Dankowski’s primary cause of death was injuries related to the car crash. Police are reportedly still investigating the fatal Chicago car accident.

If you have been involved in a Chicago car accident and would like to speak with an experienced injury attorney serving Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, please click here.

March 11, 2011

Southside Hit and Run Chicago Car Accident Injures Four

Four Chicago teens suffered injuries earlier this week when they were involved in a hit and run car accident on city’s Southeast side. The Chicago car accident occurred at 2:33 a.m. near the corner of West 115th St. and South Torrence Avenue according to South Chicago police. According to reports, a 2001 Pontiac Montana minivan was northbound on Torrance around 2:30 a.m. when it was struck by a second vehicle. The force of the collision caused the minivan to lose control and spin out eventually colliding with a light pole. The other vehicle fled the scene of the Chicago car crash and no description of that vehicle is presently available.

The Chicago Fire Department has reported that four individuals were injured as a result of the Chicago car crash. Two of the victims were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL, while two others were rushed to John Stroger Jr. Hospital. All of the accident victims were listed in serious to critical condition. One of the accident victims, a 14 year old boy that was a passenger in the rear of the van, was listed in critical condition. The three other teen car accident victims have been stabilized according to local hospitals. The car accident is still being investigated by Chicago Police.

Hit and run car accident victims can have avenues of recovery other than the driver of the vehicle that left the scene. If you have been involved in a hit and run accident and would like to speak with a Chicago lawyer to investigate your rights, please click here.

March 9, 2011

Five Injured in West Side Chicago Car Accident

Five individuals including a newborn infant were injured this morning in a two vehicle Chicago car crash near the United Center on Chicago’s West Side. Reports indicate that the Chicago car crash involved two sport utility vehicles. According to Chicago Police, the Chicago car crash occurred at around 2:00 a.m. on the 1800 block of West Warren Boulevard when a 2006 Toyota Highlander struck a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche head-on. The driver of the Highlander reportedly admitted to authorities that his vehicle’s global positioning system directed him the wrong way on a one way street.

Both the driver of the Highlander, a 21 year old Massachusetts man, and his 23 year old male passenger were injured in the Chicago car accident. The 39 year old driver of the Avalanche was also injured along with his two passengers, an infant and a teenage girl. All of the Chicago car accident victims were hospitalized and were initially listed by Chicago Fire Department Officials in serious to critical condition. The driver of the Highlander received a traffic citation for driving the wrong way down a one way street.

If you have been involved in a Chicago area car accident and would like to speak with an attorney regarding your rights as an accident victim, please click here.

March 2, 2011

West Side Chicago Car Accident Injures Five

A West Side Chicago car accident left five injured on Tuesday March 5th. The Chicago car accident occurred at the intersection of Washington and Central in Chicago. IL. Reports indicate that an EMS Plan I was called to the scene of the accident at about 7:50 a.m. An EMS Plan I automatically dispatches five ambulances to a crash scene. The Chicago car accident involved at least two vehicles one of which was a grey four door sedan.

Reports indicate that at least five people were injured in the Chicago car accident. Three of the accident victims were taken to West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, IL, while another was taken to Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center. The identities and ages of the Chicago car crash victims have not been released. Police have not indicated the exact number of vehicles involved in the crash or whether citations were issued. Initial dispatch reports indicate that the multi-vehicle Chicago car crash may have involved a bus.

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February 23, 2011

Freezing Rain Implicated in Several Chicago Car Accidents

Freezing rain, snow and ice reportedly contributed to several Chicago area car accidents on the evening of Monday February 21st. The biggest of the Chicago area car accidents was a multi vehicle accident in the inbound lane of South Lake Shore Drive near the 58th Street exit. The accident involved as many as six or seven vehicles according to Chicago Police. Police temporarily shut down inbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive between Oakwood Boulevard and the southernmost end of the road. Chicago police reported responding to at least one dozen car accidents in the City as a result of deteriorating road conditons.

The storm also had a dangerous impact on suburban drivers. Illinois State Police responded to an car crash on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway at Rte. 53 near Woodfield Mall. The suburban Chicago car accident involved serious personal injuries. Weather related crashes and spinouts were also reported on Interstate 290, Interstate 355, and the Elgin O’Hare Expressway. As a result of the inclimate weather and the weather related car accidents, the Elgin District State Police activated a ‘Snow Plan’. The ‘Plan’ allows motorists that have been involved in a Chicago car accident seven days to go to the Elgin District Headquarters to file a crash report. State Police urged motorists to travel with extra caution as the icy weather hit and to use extreme caution on area bridges, curves and ramps.

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January 28, 2011

Chicago Car Accident Claims Life of Teen and City Worker

A teenager was pronounced dead days after a Chicago car accident that occurred in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood. The fatal Chicago car crash also claimed the life of a 26 year old city worker. Reports indicate that the teen, a 16 year-old boy, was a passenger in a Ford Focus that struck a Ford Escape near the intersection of Damen Ave. and 21st St. at 1:30 a.m. last Saturday January 22nd. The Ford Focus was allegedly heading west on 21st street when it struck the vehicle that was northbound on Damen. The force of the crash was such that both vehicles were pushed into several parked cars and then onto the curb and into a tree. Both of the drivers involved in the fatal Chicago car crash had to be extricated from their vehicles by members of the Chicago Fire Department.

The city worker was a longtime veteran of the Streets and Sanitation’s Bureau of Traffic Services where she was a field vehicle investigator. The teenager was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital around 9:33 a.m. on January 24, 2011, according to a spokesperson from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The young Chicago boy’s conditioned had reportedly stabilized before he was pronounced dead. An autopsy of the teen is scheduled for today. The Chicago police Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.

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January 20, 2011

North Suburban Chicago Motorist Involved in DUI Car Accident was Five Times the Legal Limit

Information was released earlier this week indicating that a Chicago area motorist that was involved in a north suburban car accident had a blood alcohol content approximately five times the legal limit. The Chicago car crash occurred around 11:30 p.m. on January 14th on McCormick Boulevard at Oakton Avenue in Skokie, IL. According to reports, the allegedly intoxicated driver crossed over the double yellow lines striking a northbound Toyota head-on. Police have indicated that the accused, 46 year old Erdenebileg Dorj of Chicago, was operating an Audi at the time of the car accident. A blood test subsequently revealed that the accused’s blood alcohol content registered at .425 percent. The legal limit in Illinois is .08.

The allegedly intoxicated driver’s Audi struck a Toyota vehicle head on. The driver of the Toyota reported seeing the Audi cross into the wrong lane and bracing for the collision soon thereafter. Dorj was taken to St. Francis Hospital where he reportedly had to be restrained by Hospital personnel. He has been charged with DUI and multiple other offenses and is scheduled to appear in the Circuit Court of Cook County Skokie courthouse in late February.

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January 6, 2011

Vehicle Crashes into Chicago Restaurant Injuring Three

A North side Chicago car accident left three people injured at the corner of Western and Addison avenues on Wednesday of this week. According to published reports, the Chicago car accident occurred when a vehicle crashed into Hero’s Submarine shop at that location. The car accident left three injured at the north side restaurant.

The driver of the vehicle that crashed into the building was rushed to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood in critical condition. A 16 year old accident victim was also taken to Illinois Masonic in critical condition. A 15 year old victim of the Chicago car accident was taken to Children’s Memorial Hospital in serious condition. The Chicago Fire Department has not released a lot of information regarding the Chicago car accident but a spokesperson did indicate that the two teenage victims of the car crash were probably students at nearby Lane Tech Prep High School. Lane Tech is situated directly across the street from the restaurant where the accident occurred. Authorities are still investigating the circumstances regarding the Chicago car accident. No information has been released as to whether the driver of the vehicle has been issued any citations.

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December 3, 2010

Chicago Woman Killed in Interstate 90 Car Accident

A Chicago woman was killed late last night on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway when her car broke down in traffic. The fatal Chicago crash occurred on the busy expressway in unincorporated Elk Grove Village Township, IL. The accident victim was pronounced dead at Lutheran General Hospital at 10:04 p.m. according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. An autopsy of the victim has not yet been performed as local authorities continue to investigate the car accident.

According to Illinois State Police, the accident victim was travelling eastbound on the Chicago expressway when her vehicle broke down in a live lane of traffic. Her vehicle was subsequently struck by a second vehicle, a 2005 Honda also eastbound on Interstate 90, which hit her in the rear and drove her vehicle into a guardrail. The victim was reportedly wearing a seat belt at the time of the fatal car crash. There were no other passengers in the vehicle. The Chicago car accident victim was a resident of the 4900 block of West Peterson Avenue in Chicago, IL.

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November 27, 2010

Two Police Officers Injured in Chicago Car Accident

Two Chicago police officers were injured last Thursday night in a hit and run car accident on the city’s west side. The Chicago car crash occurred around 10:00 p.m. near the intersection of South Lawndale Ave. and West Roosevelt Rd. According to reports, the at-fault driver fled the scene of the car crash and no description of the vehicle is currently available. The officers were both on patrol and inside their squad car at the time of the accident. They were assigned to the Ogden District according to police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro.

A spokesperson for the Chicago Fire Department reported that one officer was taken to Stroger Hospital while the other was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital. Both were reportedly admitted in serious to critical condition. Specific information regarding the present condition of the Chicago police officers is mostly unavailable, however, preliminary information indicates that the injuries were not life threatening. Information regarding the driver that caused the Chicago car accident remains unavailable as the accident is still under investigation.

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October 22, 2010

Chicago Police Officer in Training Seriously Injured on Chicago Expressway

A good Samaritan rookie Chicago police officer was seriously injured on Chicago’s Stevenson expressway earlier this morning after he left his vehicle to assist another motorist. The officer, 28 year old Danny Vazquez, was struck around 12:45 a.m. while he attempted to render aid to a vehicle that had crashed into the median in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 near the Damen exit. According to Illinois State Police, the officer was struck by another vehicle as he approached the one car Chicago car accident. The officer, who was scheduled to graduate from the Police academy on November 16, 2010, was awarded his star only one week ago. He was recently sent out to work a probationary five day street detail with the Gresham police district according to Assistant Deputy Supt Howard Lodding. He was slated to return to the street on November 1st.

The injured officer was rushed to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. He reportedly suffered a brain injury as a result of the crash. The motorist responsible for the Chicago car accident was issued citations for failure to yield to a pedestrian, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving without a license, and improper lane usage. Local authorities are still investigating the expressway car crash.

Chicago drivers should take extra precaution when exiting a vehicle by foot on any of the Chicago area expressways. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a Chicago area vehicle accident and you would like to speak with a lawyer, please click here,

October 7, 2010

Chicago Car Accident Involving Police Vehicle Kills Teen

A Chicago teen was killed on Tuesday night following a motor vehicle accident with a police vehicle. The fatal Chicago car crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of 95th St. and Central Park Avenue in Evergreen Park, IL. According to reports, the police vehicle was eastbound on 95th St. pursuing another vehicle when it collided with the victim’s vehicle which was attempting to make a left turn onto westbound 95th St. from Central Park Ave. The speed of the officer’s vehicle remains unknown as do facts related to whether the emergency equipment was activated at the time of the crash.

The victim, an 18 year old Chicago resident, was pronounced dead at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL, at 11:50 p.m. The Cook County Medical Examiner has ruled the death accidental and determined that alcohol did not play a role in the tragic car crash. Police have indicated that they will review tapes from the squad car in an effort to determine how the tragic accident occurred. Accident reconstruction specialists closed traffic both ways on 95th St. early Wednesday morning for investigative purposes.

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September 17, 2010

Chicago DUI Car Accident Leaves Two Hospitalized

An alcohol related car crash on September 6th left two drivers seriously injured on Chicago’s west side. The Chicago car accident occurred near O’Connor Drive and Thatcher Ave. around 6:21 a,m. in River Grove, IL. According to reports, a 20 year old male motorist was allegedly travelling northbound in the southbound lanes of Thatcher Ave. when he ran head on into a southbound vehicle. Both the at-fault driver and the victim were immediately sent to the hospital.

River Grove Police have reported that the Chicago car accident victim suffered multiple fractures and very serious body bruising. She was in the hospital for three days before being sent home. The wrong way driver was also hospitalized as a result of the crash. That driver is now facing two felony counts of aggravated driving while under the influence as a result of the crash. The driver has also been charged with driving without a license, failing to provide proof of insurance and illegal transportation of open alcohol. His bond was set at $150,000. The accident remains under investigation.

Drunk driver car accidents often occur at high speeds with very unfortunate results. If you or someone you know has been involved in an alcohol related car crash, you should speak with an attorney immediately to preserve crucial evidence and protect your case. To speak with an experienced injury attorney, please click here.

September 10, 2010

Chicago Vehicle Explosion Leaves One Fatality

A Chicago motorist was killed earlier this week on the city’s South Side after her vehicle caught fire. The tragedy occurred near the intersection of 63rd St. and Wallace in the Englewood neighborhood around 11:00 a.m. on September 5th. According to reports from a Chicago Fire Department spokesperson, the victim was heading east on 63rd St. when she struck a vehicle headed in the opposite direction. The fatal Chicago car accident occurred near the viaduct at Wallace St.

The vehicle being driven eastbound reportedly caught fire immediately following the accident and the driver was not able to escape the vehicle. The driver died as a result of the fire. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

A witness to the Chicago car accident, who was shopping at a nearby grocery store, reportedly heard a loud boom. Security personnel from the grocery store and responding police officers were not able to subdue the fire. The tragedy is still being investigated by local authorities.

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September 4, 2010

Northwest Chicago Car Accident Injures Nine

Nine individuals were reportedly injured in a Chicago car accident on the city’s northwest side this morning. The four vehicle accident occurred in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood near the intersection of Fullerton and Milwaukee around 2:00 a.m. According to reports, the driver of a silver Infiniti was heading westbound on Fullerton Ave. when his car collided with an Infiniti G20 near the intersection of Sacramento and Fullerton. The driver of the silver Infiniti then made a U-turn and began heading east down Fullerton at a high rate of speed. The Infiniti subsequently hit a taxi cab and a Toyota Land Cruiser near the 2900 block of west Fullerton ejecting three people and injuring the taxi cab driver. At least one passerby attempted to administer CPR to a woman involved in the Chicago car accident.

Seven individuals were taken in serious to critical condition to local hospitals while two others were listed in serious to fair condition. A spokesman for the Chicago Police News Affairs Office has said that the crash was not alcohol related. An emergency medical services plan 1 sent give ambulances to the scene of the crash. The driver responsible for the Chicago accident was ticketed for failure to report an accident, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, failure to keep in a lane and negligent driving.

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August 27, 2010

Chicago Woman Charged with DUI after Car Accident Leaves One Child Fatality

A Chicago woman has been charged with felony aggravated DUI resulting in an accident and bodily harm, driving under the influence, driving with alcohol in the vehicle, driving without insurance, driving 15-20 miles over the speed limit, failure to reduce speed, and a child restraint violation following a north side car accident that left her four year old son dead. The fatal Chicago car accident occurred near the corner of Fullerton and Kostner early last Sunday morning. According to reports, the defendant driver was travelling eastbound on Fullerton in a Dodge Avenger when she went through a red light and rear-ended a Honda Civic. The Civic reportedly struck another vehicle and came to rest against a building. The defendant’s vehicle then crossed over into the next lane and struck a Chevy Tahoe. Witnesses to the accident reported that the defendant driver of the Avenger took her two boys out of her vehicle and fled the scene immediately following the car crash. Her husband, who was in the front seat of the vehicle, also left the scene fleeing down Fullerton Ave.

The children involved in the fatal Chicago car accident were taken to Children’s Memorial Hospital where one young boy was pronounced dead. The boy suffered a lacerated liver and multiple contusion injuries. The defendant’s blood alcohol level was registered at .151 – almost twice the legal limit of .08. Responding police also found two open beer cans in the vehicle.

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August 21, 2010

Illinois Expressway Car Accident Injures Eleven

A three vehicle accident on I-88 in the town of Lisle, IL, has left eleven people injured. The Chicago car accident occurred around 3:53 p.m. this afternoon near mile marker 130 of the busy Chicago expressway. A preliminary investigation determined that a black Pontiac lost control and struck a red Chevrolet pickup. The pickup subsequently lost control and slid across three lanes of traffic striking a Toyota minivan. The minivan rolled over and came to rest on its hood. Illinois State Police responded to the car accident.

Eleven individuals were injured as a result of the Chicago car accident. The accident victims were taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL, and Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL. Two of the injured suffered broken bones and were listed in critical but non-life threatening condition. Traffic was backed up until around 5:30 p.m. while police investigated the car accident. State police are still investigating the crash at this time and no further information is currently available.

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August 13, 2010

Alcohol Implicated in Fatal Antioch, IL, Car Accident

A fatal head on car crash claimed the life of a woman in her twenties and injured three others early yesterday in north suburban Antioch, IL. The fatal Chicago car accident occurred around 1:45 a.m. when a Mitsubishi hatchback travelling westbound on Grass Lake Rd. collided with an Eastbound GMC SUV near 27500 W. Grass Lake Rd. A passing motorists alerted police and emergency personnel to the scene.

The driver of the Mitsubishi was killed as a result of the tragic Illinois car crash. She was extricated from her vehicle and confirmed deceased by a Lake County Coroner who was at the scene of the crash. The driver of the SUV was ejected from his vehicle and found conscious near the crash site. He was airlifted to St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL, while two passengers in his vehicle were airlifted to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL. All were rushed to trauma centers in very critical condition. The bulk of the collision reportedly occurred in the westbound lanes. The posted speed for the stretch of road is 40 mph and investigators have reason to believe that at least one of the vehicles was speeding. Also, some evidence found at the scene indicates that alcohol may have played a role in the tragedy. There were no witnesses to the fatal Chicago area car accident. The accident is still being investigated by authorities.

Timely accident investigation is crucial in many fatal motor vehicle accidents. If you have been involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash, you should contact an attorney immediately to investigate the accident and preserve crucial evidence. To speak with an attorney, please click here.

July 23, 2010

Chicago Loop Car Accident Injures Seven and Damages 7-11 Store

A two vehicle car accident left seven injured last Tuesday including several pedestrians. According to reports, the downtown Chicago car crash occurred at the intersection of Wabash and Adams when a southbound Toyota Corolla drove through a red light in front of a westbound taxi cab. The cab was unable to avoid a collision and hit the side of the Corolla which was sent flying through a newsstand outside a 7-11 convenience store. The taxi cab itself careened into the front entrance of the store knocking over a coffee maker. Thankfully, no patrons of the convenience store were injured as a result of the car accident.

The downtown Chicago car crash left seven people injured. The driver of the Corolla was taken to John H. Stroger Hospital along with two passengers in that vehicle. The passengers were listed in fair condition while the driver’s condition was listed as serious. Meanwhile, the driver of the taxicab was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was reportedly listed in serious condition. An official from the City of Chicago building department determined that the building remained structurally sound despite the damage. The driver of the Toyota Corolla received traffic citations for lack of insurance and failure to stop at a red traffic signal.

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July 20, 2010

Report Finds Chicago Traffic Deaths in Decline due to Safer Roads and Vehicles

A report released by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning has determined that there has been substantial progress in Chicago traffic safety between 2002 and 2008. The study found that Chicago car accident fatalities have declined dramatically since early last decade. The drop in Chicago automobile accident deaths has been linked to safety enhancements on roadways as well as safer and better equipped vehicles. However, experts agree that there is still a lot of work to be done in improving the safety of our roadways. For example, almost 300,000 traffic accidents occur each year in the Chicago area with a fatal crash occurring about once every twenty one and a half hours.

The findings of the study are quite encouraging. The report determined that the annual number of deaths and injuries from vehicle accidents fell approximately 12.5 percent from 2002 to 2005 and about 18 percent from 2005 to 2008 with traffic related fatalities declining from 629 to 437 between 2005 and 2008. The study used statistics that were compiled by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Of the areas that were examined, DuPage County had the lowest fatality rates while suburban Cook County and Lake County had the second lowest. Car accident crash rates remain the highest within the City of Chicago where the rates are nearly three times those of rural areas. Of those fatal crashes within the city, nearly 25 percent involve pedestrian fatalities.

The recent study of traffic fatalities in the Chicago area is very promising, however Chicago roadways remain a very dangerous place for drivers and pedestrians alike. If you have been involved in a Chicago area car accident or would otherwise like to speak with an attorney, please click here.

July 9, 2010

Three Killed in Chicago High Speed Car Accident

A late night Chicago car accident in Maywood, IL, claimed the lives of three individuals last night. According to reports, the chain of events that caused the fatal multi-vehicle crash was initiated when a teen driver noticed a potentially impaired driver in a black Honda on a west-facing curb at Jackson Ave. in River Forest, IL. Maywood authorities report that the teen stopped near the vehicle to see if the driver needed help. The actions of the teen samaritan reportedly angered the motorist who began to follow the teen as the teen pulled away. The driver of the Honda tailed the teen after the encounter through west Chicago streets as the teen contacted River Forest police. The teen reportedly ran a red light at the intersection of Chicago and First Ave. during the chase.

As the Honda was pursuing the vehicle it ran a light at the same intersection colliding with a Mercedes Sports Utility Vehicle that was southbound on First Avenue. The individuals in the Mercedes, both residents of Chicago, were killed at the scene the car accident. The driver of the Honda was also killed. Police records show that the Honda driver did have previous arrests related to drugs and DUI. The matter is still being investigated.

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July 7, 2010

One Person Killed in Chicago Expressway Car Accident

A two car accident on Chicago’s busy Stevenson expressway resulted in one death early last Saturday morning. The fatal car crash happened at about 3:50 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-55 at Franklin St. according to District Chicago State Police. The Chicago car accident occurred when a Volkswagen collided with a BMW propelling the Volkswagen into a ditch. The vehicle caught on fire shortly thereafter. The driver of the Volkswagen, a mid 20’s male, was taken to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, IL, where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

The driver and a passenger in the BMW each suffered personal injuries as a result of the crash. They were taken to Rush University Medical Center were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Southbound traffic on I-55 was diverted immediately following the accident according to a state trooper. Traffic lanes were reopened as of 9:45 a.m. on the morning of July 3rd. The fatal Chicago car accident is still under investigation.

Holiday weekends can be dangerous for Chicago area motorists. Drivers should make an attempt to be extra cautious during the holiday weekends. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Chicago area car accident you should contact a Chicago area personal injury attorney to investigate the accident and protect your rights. The Klest Law Firm has over twenty eight years of experience handling injury cases in Illinois. To contact an attorney, please click here.

June 29, 2010

Two Killed and Three Injured in North Side Chicago Car Crash

Two teenage girls were killed and three others were injured in a one vehicle car accident on the Northwest Side this morning. The Chicago car accident occurred on the 700 block of North Sheridan Road in Wilmette, IL, around 2:30 a.m. According to reports, the group of teens was out celebrating a birthday prior to the fatal Chicago area car accident. At some point around 2:30 a.m. their black four door sedan collided with a tree on the 700 block of Sheridan.

Wilmette police identified the victims of the fatal car crash and also revealed that three other people were injured in the wreck. The authorities did not reveal the identities of the injured parties and also did not divulge the hospitals where treatment was received. No charges have been filed in the crash but citations could still be issued depending on the outcome of an ongoing investigation. The deceased teens were both students at Chicago Academy High School at 3400 N. Austin Ave. The Chicago car crash is still being investigated by local authorities.

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June 25, 2010

Southside Chicago Car Accident Injures Three

A Calumet Heights car accident left three individuals injured last Tuesday night. According to Chicago Police News Affair Officer Hector Alfaro, the crash reportedly occurred when two vehicles collided on the 6700 block of South Stony Island Avenue around 10:15 p.m. last Tuesday evening. Two of the injured individuals were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where they were admitted for observation. A third car accident victim was treated and released from Advocate Trinity Hospital. Police have issued citations following the accident but have not released any other information at this time.

As the weather turns warmer more pedestrians and motorists take to the streets of Chicago. This increased traffic leads to a rise in Chicago area car crashes and injuries. It is even more important to remember to drive safely when there are more motorists on the road. Remember to use caution and care this summer as you and your loved ones enjoy the warm Chicago weather.

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June 23, 2010

Chicago Man Charged in Car Accident that Killed Young Girl

A West Side man was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident following a Chicago car crash that caused the death of an 11 year old girl. The accident occurred around 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening near the 3900 block South Lake Park Avenue. According to eyewitness reports, a young girl was hit in an intersection when a large white van ran a red light. The injured child was rushed to Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago where she was pronounced dead soon thereafter.

The driver of the van reportedly immediately exited his van following the accident but then returned to the vehicle and fled. His van was located about four hours later four hours later near the corner of Western and 18th in Pilsen. Family members of the accused have reported that the driver fled out of fear that the gathered crowds might attack him. The driver is now being charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. His bond hearing has been scheduled for Friday.

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June 18, 2010

Taxi-cab related Chicago Car Accidents can be Troublesome for the Seriously Injured

If you have been involved in a serious Chicago car accident with a taxi driver, you may encounter problems receiving fair and full compensation for your injuries. Chicago cab companies are structured in such a way so as to allow recovery from only the specific cab and the cab driver involved in the accident. The City of Chicago mandates that taxi cab drivers carry minimum liability policies of $350,000. This minimum policy is well in excess of the standard state minimum of $20,000. However, the cab outfits are structured in such a way that the $350,000 policy minimum on the individual cab is the most that is recoverable for any injury.

The general structure of the cab entities follows this rubric. First there is the cab driver, who typically pays a fee to lease the use of the cab. Then there are the cab owners who must carry a cab owner license called a medallion. These medallions are generally held by management companies which oversee and manage multiple medallions and an affiliation company which supply cab designs and radio dispatch service. Many consumers therefore mistakenly identify individual drivers as employees of companies such as Yellow Cab and Checker. In reality, the cab entities are structured so that these individual drivers are the only party from which an injured individual may seek recovery.

This can have devastating practical effects for individuals that suffer serious or permanent injuries as the result of taxicab driver negligence. For example, if you suffer injuries that will require lifetime care you may be limited to $350,000.00, even if your lifetime medical bills are far in excess of that number.

As such, you should contact an Illinois personal injury attorney as soon as possible if you have been injured in a taxicab accident to investigate your case and potentially find alternative avenues of recovery. The Klest Law Firm has over twenty eight years of experience handling complex injury cases. To contact the Klest Law Firm, please click here.

June 10, 2010

Recent Study Shows that Red Light Cameras Actually Result in more Chicago Car Accidents

A study by the University of Illinois at Chicago has determined that car accidents at red-light intersections have actually increased five percent. These findings are contrary to recent statements by the Chicago Department of Transportation which claim that the cameras have made intersections safer for motorists. The UIC study also compared the total number of Chicago car accidents throughout the entire city before and after the installation of the cameras. The results showed that while the total number of accidents decreased in the city as a whole, Chicago car accidents at red light camera intersections have actually increased about five percent.

Proponents of the cameras claim that the data generated by the study is disproportionately high as the state considers accidents within 250 feet of a traffic light to be an intersection related crash. The city’s own data also shows a 20 percent reduction in red-light crashes.

However, opponents of the cameras are crying foul. In addition to the recent findings of increased accidents at red light camera intersections, a separate investigation has uncovered that yellow lights are disproportionately shorter at intersections controlled by the camera devices. Opponents of the cameras have long maintained that the devices are merely a means to generate revenue for the city and not a measure to increase public safety. The disproportionate yellow lights coupled with the recent neutral UIC study bolster this claim. In fact, it would seem that cutting the length of yellow lights at camera controlled intersections would most likely endanger the public for the purpose of filling city coffers. The results of the UIC study could be indicative of this phenomenon.

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June 8, 2010

Dyer, IL, Teenager Killed in Illinois Car Accident

An Illinois teen died early yesterday morning from injuries that she suffered during a Memorial Day car accident. The accident victim, a 16 year old girl from Dyer, IL, was pronounced dead at 4:50 a.m. Monday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL. According to reports, the fatal Illinois car accident occurred around 2:00 p.m. on May 31 on Sauk Trail west of Burnham Ave. in unincorporated Bloom Township. The driver of the vehicle, a 16 year-old male that was the boyfriend of the deceased, reportedly lost control of his 2003 Chevy Silverado in the rain and spun it into oncoming traffic. The passenger side of the vehicle, where the teen accident victim was seated, was hit by a 2004 Chevy Blazer. The teen couple was reportedly headed to the driver’s grandparents house to watch the Chicago Blackhawks game.

The driver of the Silverado suffered a broken ankle in the wreck while a passenger in the vehicle suffered a broken wrist and pelvis. The driver of the Silverado suffered minor injuries as a result of the Illinois car crash. He attempted to free his severely injured girlfriend from his Silverado before phoning 911 and checking on the injured individuals in the Blazer. The Silverado driver received a traffic citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Local police have said that there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. The teenage car accident victim suffered severe brain injuries before she was pronounced dead about a week later.

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June 1, 2010

Chicago Boy Crushed Between Two Vehicles in Tragic DUI Chicago Car Accident

A 10 year old boy was crushed and killed last Saturday in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood by a suspected drunk driver. The tragic DUI car crash occurred around 5:45 a.m. last Saturday in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. According to reports, the 10 year old boy and his 3 year old sister had just exited their father’s vehicle on the way to their aunt’s house when the Chicago car crash occurred. As the children were passing between parked vehicles an alleged intoxicated driver rear-ended an SUV which crushed the boy between the parked SUV and the vehicle directly in front of it. The drunk driver was reportedly driving a black Ford Explorer. The severely injured boy was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL, where he was pronounced dead at 7:41 a.m.

Chicago Police have indicated that the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident is suspected of intoxicated driving. The driver remains in custody pending a police investigation into the crash. A police vehicle was reportedly directly behind the driver that caused the accident.

If you have been the victim of a Chicago area DUI related car crash you should contact an attorney immediately to investigate the accident and compile evidence. The Klest Law Firm has over twenty eight years of experience handling cases involving alcohol related car accidents and fatalities. To speak with an attorney from the Klest Law Firm, please click here.

May 25, 2010

Chicago Boy Critically Injured in South Side Hit and Run Car Accident

A South Side Chicago hit and run car accident left a 12 year old boy crtically injured Sunday on Chicago’s South Side. The Chicago car-pedestrian accident occurred on the 8000 block of South May St. around 5:35 p.m. when a 2-door Cadillac Eldorado hit the boy while he was crossing the street. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene immediately after striking the boy. The vehicle was southbound at the time of the accident and continued southbound following the Chicago car crash.

The injured boy was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL, where he was listed in critical condition. According to an official from the Police News Affairs, the boy suffered multiple injuries including a serious head injury. Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle that caused the tragic Chicago car crash remains at large. Police have described the motorist as a black man between the ages of 20 and 26. Police have also said that he is known by the alias “KB.” Anyone with information related to the Chicago car accident or the identity of the driver should contact the Chicago Police Major Investigation Unit at (312) 745-4521.

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April 30, 2010

Plainfield, IL, Car Accident Critically Injures Two

A motor vehicle accident left two Chicago area women critically injured earlier this week in southwest suburban Plainfield, IL. The Illinois car accident occurred on East Renwick Road near the intersection of South McClellan Ave around 3:00 a.m. According to Plainfield Fire Department Lt. Joe Bickerton, a vehicle was travelling westbound on East Renwick Road when the driver lost control of the car. The vehicle slid off the roadway and rammed into a telephone pole. One of the car accident victims was thrown from the car as the telephone poll was severed in half.

The women, who were both in their early twenties, were transported by ambulance in critical condition to St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, IL. A medevac helicopter was initially dispatched to the scene but was unable to land due to inclimate weather. The Chicago area car accident is still under investigation.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury in a Chicago car accident you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to investigate the accident and protect your rights. The Klest Law Firm has over twenty nine years of experience litigating motor vehicle accident claims in the State of Illinois. To speak with an experienced Chicago accident attorney, please click here.

April 9, 2010

Alcohol Fueled Northwest Suburban Chicago Car Accident Kills Two

Alcohol has been implicated as playing a role in a fatal car accident in Barrington Hills, IL. The tragic car accident occurred late yesterday afternoon around 4:20 p.m. on Dundee Rd. just west of Dundee Ln. in the Northwest Suburb. According to reports, the crash occurred when an eastbound 2004 Nissan Maxima crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2002 white Buick LeSabre. The driver of the Buick, 84 year-old Sarah Yaple of St. Charles, IL, and the driver of the Nissan, 24 year-old Oscar Arce of North Aurora, IL, were both killed in the accident. Arce and Yaple were pronounced dead at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, IL, shortly after the accident. A passenger in the Nissan, 25 year-old Elroy Arce also of North Aurora, IL, was taken to St. Alexian where he was treated for injuries resulting from the car accident. His condition was not immediately available following the accident.

Firefighters from the Barrington Countryside Protection District responded to the accident following a phone call from a passerby. According to the police, the Buick came to a rest in a ditch on the north side of road. The Nissan was found on the eastbound shoulder of the road. Police have determined that alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident. Portions of Dundee Rd. were closed on Thursday while the accident was being investigated.

DUI related car accidents are often lethal. If you have been involved in a car accident in which alcohol was a contributing factor, you should contact a lawyer immediately to investigate the accident and protect a potential claim. The Klest Law Firm has over twenty eight years of experience handling DUI related car accidents. To speak with an attorney from the Klest Law Firm, please click here.

March 16, 2010

Five Vehicle Chicago Car Accident Leads to DUI Charges

A Chicago area driver was charged with DUI following a five vehicle car accident last Sunday night. The man, 46 year old Robert Blake of the 7000 block of Woodward Ave in Downers Grove, IL, was allegedly attempting to park his car on the shoulder of I-55 when the accident happened. According to reports, Blake was southbound on the busy Chicago toll-way when he attempted to pull his car over to park on the shoulder of the roadway. However, the left rear end of Blake's vehicle was blocking a portion of the left lane. Blake was subsequently rear-ended by another car at which point his car spun into the expressway. His vehicle was then struck by a truck, semi-truck and an SUV. In total, five vehicles were involved in the high speed car collision.

Blake and three others were taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital following the accident. All of the Chicago car accident victims were released on Sunday night. The portions of the Chicago expressway that were affected by the accident were briefly shut down while the accident was being investigated. Blake was charged with felony DUI and driving on a revoked license following the accident according to Illinois State Police.

Alcohol is often a contributing factor in serious Illinois car accidents. Victims of DUI car crashes may have legal remedies available that would otherwise be unattainable. If you have been involved in an alcohol related car accident, you should contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer to help investigate and protect your rights. To speak with an experienced Illinois car accident lawyer, please click here.


March 2, 2010

Chicago Car Accident Seriously Injures State Police Officer

An Illinois State Police officer was seriously injured when she was struck by a motorist on Chicago’s Dan Ryan Expressway near 63rd St. last Saturday night around 9:00 p.m. According to reports, the Chicago car accident occurred as the police officer was handling a traffic stop on the busy expressway. The 29 year old female state trooper was conducting a stop near the right shoulder of the expressway when she was struck. The driver, 19 year-old Kimisha Moore, was allegedly using her cellular phone when the Illinois car accident occurred. She was indicted for aggravated reckless conduct with bond set at $50,000. Reports indicate that Moore had been warned of the shifting traffic pattern by a passenger in her vehicle just prior to the collision. Moore reportedly lost control of her car as she attempted to regain control of the vehicle after her passenger grabbed the wheel to steer clear of the stopped officer.

The victim of the accident, who has been identified as Starlena Wilson of the State District of Chicago, was rushed to the intensive care unit of Chicago’s Stroger Hospital following the Chicago car crash. Reports indicate that the victim suffered broken legs and a broken pelvis. She was still under hospital care as of Monday March 1st.

Illinois expressway car accidents can be particularly dangerous as they often occur at very high speeds. If you have been the victim of an expressway car accident and would like to speak with an experienced Chicago injury lawyer as to how to protect your rights, please click here.

February 11, 2010

Three Vehicle Chicago Car Accident Leaves Six Injured

A high speed car accident on Chicago’s Eisenhower Expressway left six people injured early Thursday morning on the near West Side. The Chicago car crash occurred around 1:15 a.m. when three vehicles collided in the inbound lanes of the busy Chicago expressway near Racine Ave. According to Illinois State Police, the three car wreck was initiated when one vehicle rear-ended another. While one of the vehicles involved in the rear end collision was stopped in the expressway a third vehicle struck the back of that stopped vehicle.

The Chicago Fire Department transported five people from the scene of the accident to area treatment facilities. The victims of the Chicago car crash included two children. One of the injured was taken to John H. Stroger Hospital, two were taken to Rush University Medical Center and two went to the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. A spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department did not have information regarding whether or not the injured children were taken to the hospital. None of the cars were left operational following the car crash. No traffic citation had been issued as a result of the accident as of 10:30 a.m. today according to Illinois State Police.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a Chicago car accident, or if you would like to speak with an Illinois personal injury attorney, please click here.

February 2, 2010

Three Killed in Northwest Chicago Car Accident

Three individuals were killed and two others were critically injured in a two-car accident on Monday night in Chicago’s Kelvyn Park neighborhood. The accident victims included a toddler. The Chicago car accident occurred at the intersection of North Cicero and West Parker avenues. According to reports, the victims were all occupants of a Honda that was struck by a Toyota. The driver of the Toyota was issued a citation for negligent driving. No other charges have been filed in the matter and police are continuing to question the driver as of this morning.

The victims of the tragic car accident were identified as 20 year-old Orlando Rodriguez and 13 month-old Joshua Molina of the 200 block of North Tripp Avenue. According to initial reports, the Toyota was travelling southbound on Cicero when it struck the Honda. The identity of the third fatality, identified as a 21 year-old man, has been withheld pending the notification of relatives. Early reports indicated that four individuals were taken to area hospitals in serious to critical condition. Molina was taken to Children’s Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:39 p.m. Rodriguez was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he died around 11:43 p.m. The other individuals involved in the Chicago car accident were transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital and Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center respectively. Both of those individuals were initially listed in critical condition.

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December 23, 2009

Chicago Pedestrian-Car Accident Kills Woman; Critically Injures Boy

The police have one individual in custody following a Chicago area hit and run car accident that left a woman dead and her 6 year-old son in critical condition. The accident occurred on the 1400 block of West Greenleaf Ave in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. According to authorities, the woman, 48 year- old Maria Worthon of the 1400 block of West Touhy Ave., died at the scene of the accident when her and her 6 year-old son were struck by a vehicle around 9 p.m. The car, a Pontiac Grand Prix, was travelling south on North Greenview Avenue when it struck the victim. Chicago police officers arrived to find the victim unresponsive.

The young boy involved in the Chicago car accident was initially taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. He was subsequently transferred to Children’s Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The Grand Prix continued south on Greenview Ave. until it was stopped by police on the 6400 block of North Newguard Ave. Charges have yet to be filed against the driver and the police Major Accident Investigation Unit continues to investigate the Chicago car accident.

Pedestrian-car accidents are common in urban areas where there is a high volume of foot traffic. These types of accidents can often be very serious. If you have any questions about pedestrian-car accidents or would otherwise like to speak with an attorney, please click here.

December 15, 2009

Chicago Bicyclist Injured in Car-Bicycle Accident

A Chicago cyclist was injured Monday in a bicycle-car accident that occurred on Chicago’s Northwest Side. According to Jefferson Park District Police Lt. John Lewison, the accident happened around 11:40 p.m. at the 4400 block of North Austin near the intersection of Austin and Montrose. Reports indicate that the bicycle-car accident occurred when a southbound 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo attempted to drive around a stopped vehicle at the intersection. The 21 year-old driver of the car involved in the accident was proceeding around the stopped vehicle, which reportedly had a green light, when the motorist hit the westbound bicyclist and ran him over. The driver did not see the bicyclist.

The victim of the accident is a 22 year-old resident of the Belmont-Craigin neighborhood. The victim was hospitalized at the Advocate Masonic Medical Center where the victim remained as of Monday night. The victim was listed in critical condition. The motorist involved in the car accident was issued a traffic citation for negligent driving. Police have not released the identity of the driver. The accident is still being investigated by the Major Accident Investigations Unit.

The driver in the accident may be liable for the injuries suffered by the bicycle victim. If you have any questions about bicycle-car accidents in Illinois or would like to speak with an experienced Chicago attorney, please click here.

November 2, 2009

Vehicle Accidents are the Leading Cause of Teenage Deaths

Car Accidents are the leading cause of teenage deaths accounting for about 36% of all deaths in the age group according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The disturbing statistics reveal that over 5,000 teens between the ages of 16 and 20 die each year due to fatal injuries stemming from car accidents. In addition, nearly 400,000 teens in the same age group suffer serious injuries in vehicle accidents each year. The CDC reports that the risk of being involved in a car accident are the highest for drivers between the ages of 16-20. In fact, teenage drivers are about four times more likely than other drivers to crash for each mile driven. Male teen drivers are the most at-risk for fatal car crashes as 19.4 per 100,000 are killed in vehicle accidents each year.

Several causes have been linked to the elevated risk of teenage car accident fatalities. Studies of teenage driving habits have shown that drivers within the age group have the lowest rate of seatbelt use, are less able to recognize dangerous situations, tend to tailgate more often, and tend to speed more often than other demographics. In addition, approximately 24% of the drivers killed between the ages of 15 and 20 had been driving while intoxicated. Nearly 54% of teenage car accident deaths occur on the weekends.

If you are a parent you should make sure to educate your teenager regarding the risks of operating a motor vehicle. If you have any questions related to teenage car accidents or would otherwise like to speak with a lawyer, please click here.

October 30, 2009

Chicago Police Chase Leads to Fatality

A Chicago Police chase ended tragically last Wednesday when the vehicle being pursued by police lost control and collided with concrete construction barrier in Chicago’s Illinois Medical District neighborhood. The chase occurred around 5:00 a.m. on October 28th when Harrison District police officers responded to a call of suspicious activity at the 1100 block of South Karlov Ave. in Chicago. Authorities were responding to a report of suspicious activity at the location involving alleged car thefts. When they arrived the police observed one individual peaking into parked vehicles while the others were in a nearby parked car. When the officers attempted to confront the men they fled in the parked vehicle.

The officers pursued the fleeing gray Chevy Lumina which quickly pulled onto the expressway. The police followed the car down the eastbound Eisenhower until it crashed at Paulina and Congress Parkway. According to Chicago Police, the vehicle lost control on wet pavement, collided with a concrete construction barrier and finally veered off the road hitting several trees. Keirre Roberts, a 23 year-old passenger in the car, was pronounced dead at 5:51 a.m. at Chicago’s Stroger Hospital. Two other men were also taken to Stroger where they were listed in serious to critical condition. One of the men in the car fled the scene of the crash and was apprehended shortly thereafter. The driver of the vehicle faces criminal charges and traffic citations.

Chicago area motor vehicle accidents can be deadly when they occur at high speeds. If you have any questions involving car accidents or would otherwise like to speak to an attorney, please click here.

October 23, 2009

Loyola, Chicago, Student Killed in Bicycle Accident

A Loyola, Chicago, student was killed last Wednesday in a bicycle accident in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Liza Whiteacre, a student that lieved at the 4900 block of N. Winthrop St., died when she fell from her bicycle and was crushed underneath a tuck. According to police, the tragic accident occurred when Whiteacre was trying to pass between a truck and a CTA bus outside Hamlin Park near the corner of Damen and Wellington. The truck driver was reportedly unaware that Whiteacre had fallen from her bicycle.

Whiteacre was rushed to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. She was employed as a retail and wholesale trainer at a coffee shop on Graville Ave. in Chicago. She attended High School at Fremd in Palatine. No citations were issued as a result of the deadly bicycle accident.

Chicago bicycle riders should always exercise caution when riding in the city and surrounding areas. While urban biking can be a fun and healthy alternative to driving, it carries certain risks. As bikers in the city are forbidden by ordinance from using the sidewalks for bicycling, cars and bicycles are forced to share the same roads. As such bicycle-car collisions are not uncommon. If you have any questions involving bicycle injuries or would like to speak with an attorney, please click here.

August 14, 2009

Northwest Side Chicago Car Accident Leaves Two Critically Injured

A very serious Chicago car accident resulted in two severe injuries yesterday morning on Chicago’s Northwest side. The car crash occurred at the corner of North Devon Ave. and West Nagle Ave. around 5:30 a.m. According to Police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez, a white delivery truck which was registered to Michele Baking Co. was left upside down following the crash. Michele Baking Co. is located at 3140 Mannheim Rd. in Franklin Park, IL. Information related to other vehicles involved in the crash has not been released.

Fire Media Affairs spokesman Joe Roccasalva reports that two people were taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL, in critical condition following the crash. One of the victims is reportedly a pregnant woman. The Chicago Police Major Accident Investigations Unit is investigating the Chicago car wreck.

Serious car accidents can be physically and financially devastating. If you have been involved in a Chicago car accident or would otherwise like to speak to an attorney, please click here.

August 6, 2009

Chicago DUI Car Crash Kills South Side Woman

An alcohol related car accident claimed the life of a South Side woman early last Saturday morning on Chicago’s Stevenson Expressway. The two vehicle car crash occurred in the northbound lanes of the busy Chicago expressway near the Halsted street exit around 1:50 a.m. According to an Illinois State Police District Chicago trooper, the accident was caused by a wrong way driver travelling south in the northbound lanes. The head-on collision claimed the life of one woman and injured two others. The Chicago Fire Department was called out to the scene of the accident where they reportedly had to extricate the victim from a severly damaged car.

Reports indicate that the victim, Margaret Nwake of 6969 N. Ashland Ave., was a passenger in the vehicle when it collided with the wrong way driver. Nwake was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital around 2:49 a.m. by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The driver of the wrong way vehicle that caused the accident remains in custody as of Saturday but has yet to be charged. The Illinois State Police are investigating the fatal accident.

Alcohol related car accidents often lead to very serious injuries and even death. If you have questions regarding alcohol related car accidents or would otherwise like to speak with an attorney, please click here.

August 3, 2009

Illinois Expressway Car Accident Kills One; Injures Another

A deadly Chicago car accident left one dead and one seriously injured yesterday around 3:00 a.m. The fatal car crash occurred on Chicago’s Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) near South Kostner Avenue. According to Illinois State Police, the accident occurred when a 25 year old driver drove off the expressway and into a tree. The driver died in the crash while a 28 year old female passenger was taken to John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County. The female passenger reportedly suffered two broken legs as well as head injuries. Alcohol is suspected to have played a role in the car crash. The car accident is still under investigation.

If you have been involved in an alcohol related Chicago car accident, you should contact an experienced injury lawyer as soon as practicable to investigate the crash and protect your rights. If you have any questions regarding Chicago area motor vehicle accidents or would otherwise like to speak to an attorney please click here.

July 26, 2009

Chicago Car-Bus Accident Injures Four

A Chicago area car-bus accident injured three disabled children and one unidentified driver yesterday on Interstate 80. According to Illinois State Police, the accident occurred near the LaGrange road exit of the busy Chicago expressway. The bus, which was carrying three disabled children, was reportedly rear-ended by a westbound car. All three of the children, as well as the driver of the car, were taken to an area hospital following the car accident. State police are still investigating the Chicago area car crash.

Bus accidents can often be very serious as bus passengers rarely use seatbelts. Chicago expressway bus accidents are even more dangerous as they usually occur at high speeds in more dangerous conditions. If you have been injured in a Chicago area bus accident and would like to contact a lawyer to discuss your options please click here.

July 15, 2009

Elburn, IL, Car Accident Kills One; Injures Three Others

A suburban Chicago car accident left one dead and three others injured last Sunday in Elburn, IL. The fatal car crash occurred at the corner of Route 38 and Anderson Road around 5:16 p.m. last Sunday night. According to reports, the accident occurred when a southbound Toyota Prius travelling on Anderson Road was broadsided by a westbound Ford Freestar van travelling on Route 38. The driver of the Prius, 74 year old Robert G. Schipp of Batavia, IL, subsequently died at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva, IL, due to injuries he sustained in the car accident. Mary Schipp, a 68 year-old passenger in the Toyota, was listed in critical condition at Delnor Community Hospital. Both the driver of the van, 74 year-old John G. Steele of West Chicago, IL, and his passenger, 68 year-old Rita K. Steele of West Chicago, IL, were treated and released from Delnor. The accident remains under investigation according to Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith.

The Illinois car accident is the second in seven months at the intersection. Elburn Mayor Dave Anderson said that the village will consider potential changes to the intersection once the police investigation is finished. Another man was killed in a car accident at the intersection last December.

If you have been injured in a Chicago area car accident or would otherwise like to speak to an attorney regarding your rights or options following a car accident please click here.

July 10, 2009

Drunk Driver Car Accident Injures Chicago Construction Worker

A Chicago construction worker was seriously injured this morning when he was struck by a drunk driver near Dolton, IL. The accident occurred around 4:15 a.m. on Chicago’s Bishop Ford Freeway/I-94. According to Illinois Police, a southbound 1998 Cadillac struck a construction worker in a protected work zone pinning him between his vehicle and a construction van. The injured worker was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL, with two broken legs. The driver of the vehicle, who remained at the scene while police and emergency vehicles responded to the accident, was taken to Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, IL. The driver reportedly suffered a head injury.

Illinois State Police Chicago Master Sgt. Todd Borisy reported that the incident occurred in a clearly visible work zone that was properly delineated with appropriate signage. The accident involved only one vehicle and the injured worker. There were no passengers in the drunk driver’s car. Charges have yet to be filed however the driver responsible for the Chicago car accident might still face criminal prosecution.

If you have been injured in a drunk driver car accident, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to investigate the accident and protect your rights. If you have any questions regarding Chicago drunk driver car accidents or would otherwise like to speak with an attorney, please click here.

July 9, 2009

Chicago Area Man Killed in Expressway Hit and Run Car Accident

A Lincolnwood, IL, man was pronounced dead last Tuesday following a hit and run car accident on Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway. The victim, 58 year old William Nanz of 3924 Greenleaf Ave. in Lincolnwood, IL, was pronounced dead around 2:49 p.m. according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The Chicago car accident occurred in the northbound lanes of Chicago’s Kennedy expressway near the North Kostner exit. According to Illinois State Police, Nanz was northbound on the busy Chicago expressway when his vehicle slowed due to building traffic. He was subsequently rear-ended causing his vehicle to strike a wall. The vehicle that struck Nanz allegedly slowed before the collision, but then fled the scene of the accident.

Nanz was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Nanz suffered a laceration to his leg and a heart attack following the Illinois car crash. It is unclear whether the heart attack occurred at the crash site, in the ambulance, or at the hospital. Witnesses to the deadly car crash reported observing a black SUV leaving the scene of the accident. Police are unsure as to whether that vehicle was involved in the accident. The driver that rear-ended the victim’s vehicle was not yet in custody as of Wednesday.

The family of the victim may have an uninsured motorist claim in this matter. Underinsured motorist claims are often available to victims of hit and run accidents. If you have any questions regarding hit and run accidents or would like to speak to an attorney, please click here.

June 26, 2009

Chicago Car Accident Kills Two; Injures Three Others

An early morning Chicago car accident has left one dead and three others injured in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood. The fatal car accident occurred at the corner of Jackson St. and California Ave. around 3:30 a.m. this morning. According to reports, the collision left a maroon and gray southbound van flipped onto its roof. An unidentified sports utility vehicle was also left smoldering in the middle of the intersection following the car accident. The car was too damaged to be identified.

According to Chicago Fire Department Spokesman Larry Langford, the injured individuals were transported to Stroger Hospital and Mt. Sinai Hospital. The three injured victims were reportedly in serious to critical condition. The deceased individual, who was the driver of the SUV, was pronounced dead at the scene. The circumstances surrounding the car crash are still under investigation.

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June 16, 2009

Teenager Killed in Chicago Area DUI Car Accident

A fatal suburban Chicago DUI car accident claimed the life of a West Chicago teenager and injured two others last Sunday morning in St. Charles, IL. The single vehicle car accident occurred on the East Side of St. Charles in the 3100 block of Royal Fox Drive around 3:22 a.m. According to investigators from the St. Charles Police Department, a 2005 Ford Explorer was travelling south on Royal Fox Drive when it lost control and went off the road colliding with two trees. Accident responders had to use extrication tools to remove all four passengers from the vehicle. The accident claimed the life of 18 year-old Cameron Godee of West Chicago, IL, who was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the vehicle, 18 year old Onofrio Lorusso of the 4N000 block of Honey Hill Circle in Wayne, IL, was cited with driving under the influence, unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He was taken to Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva, IL, with undisclosed injuries. Criminal charges may still be levied against Lorusso.

The vehicle also carried two back seat passengers which were injured in the car accident. A 16 year old boy was taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL, and a 17 year-old girl was taken to Delnor and then to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. The extent of the two backseat passengers’ injuries remain undisclosed. The Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team is currently investigating the accident and has named alcohol use as a contributing factor.

Alcohol related car accidents often cause serious personal injuries. If you have any questions regarding an alcohol related car accident please click here.

June 10, 2009

South Side Chicago Car Accident Results in One Death and Two Injuries

A tragic south side Chicago car accident left one dead and two others hurt early last Sunday. The Chicago car accident occurred on the 300 block of East 61st St. around 12:45 a.m. According to Chicago police, the victims were injured when the Pontiac that they were driving in struck a light pole. The car accident claimed the life of Ulysses Washup, a 28 year old resident of the 6300 block of South Maplewood Avenue. Washup, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was subsequently pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital. The driver and the second passenger were also taken to Stroger Hospital where they were reportedly listed in critical and stable condition respectively.

The 18 year old driver of the vehicle was issued traffic citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving without insurance, driving without a license, negligent driving and carrying a passenger in the vehicle without a seatbelt. It remains unclear whether Washup was the one who was not wearing a seat belt.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an Illinois car accident you should contact a Chicago personal injury attorney to investigate the accident. For more information on obtaining an Illinois car accident lawyer click here.

June 1, 2009

Chicago Car Accident Leaves One Dead, another Injured

A deadly rollover Illinois car accident resulted in one death and one injury yesterday morning on Chicago’s west side. The tragic car accident occurred at the 3900 block of West Division in the Humboldt Park area of Chicago around 7:30 a.m. According to Chicago Police Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti, a 2002 Nissan XTerra travelling eastbound on Division Street went through a red light at the intersection of Pulaski and Division. The car struck the rear of a 2005 Ford Taurus that was heading north on Pulaski. The driver of the Xterra lost control of his vehicle causing it to hit a pole and roll over.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Chicago car accident caused the death of Francisco Delgado of the 1800 block of West Erie Street. Delgado was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center around 8:14 a.m. He was a passenger in the XTerra at the time of the car crash. The driver of that vehicle was taken to Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center in critical condition according to a Chicago Fire Department Spokesman. The female driver of the Taurus was treated for minor injuries at St. Mary’s Hospital. Police investigating the accident said that charges are pending against the driver of the XTerra. It is unclear whether or not drinking played a role in the Chicago car accident.

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May 19, 2009

Nun Accused of Running Red Light in Illinois Car Accident that Caused Teen Death

A teenage driver involved in a 2007 Elgin car accident testified on Monday that she had a green light when her car was hit by a Chicago area nun. The car accident, which occurred around 12:00 a.m. on October 7, 2007, at the corner of Randall Road and Illinois Highway 27, resulted in the death of a 16 year-old boy. Sister Marie Marot, a French nun, now faces trial on charges of disobeying a traffic control device. Both Marot and 16 year-old Alexis Pena claim that they had a green signal at the intersection when the car crash occurred. The passenger in Pena’s car, 16 year-old Keith Forbes of Carpentersville, IL, was killed in the accident. According to reports, the van that Marot was driving struck the right rear of Pena’s Honda in the aforementioned intersection while she and three other passengers were heading west on Illinois Route 72.

Kane County Circuit Court Judge Ron Matekaitis has ruled that Marot could wear her habit to court despite the prosecution’s contention that the garb might influence the jury. The judge has also determined that that the jury will not hear testimony relating to the death of Forbes as such evidence could be overly prejudicial to Marot. Marot, a member of the Fraternite Notre Dame order, was on her way home to the Chicago convent after working at an Algonquin pastry shop operated by the nuns when the accident occurred. Marot was accompanied by about twenty other nuns to the first day of trial.

UPDATE: Sister Marie Myrot was found not guilty Tuesday of disobeying a traffic signal in the tragic Chicago car accident.

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May 13, 2009

Chicago Man Faces DUI Charges Following Expressway Car Accident

A Chicago man was charged with DUI after a Monday night car accident that left one dead. Tommie Taylor, a 24 year old resident of the 3600 block of South Lake Park Avenue, was charged with aggravated DUI, driving without a valid driver’s license, and driving without insurance according to Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Michelle Tufenkjian. The Illinois car accident occurred in the northbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway at the 79th Street exit around 10:40 p.m. last Monday night. According to reports Taylor, who was already driving on a suspended license from a previous DUI conviction, lost control of his Cadillac sedan and sideswiped a Ford Crown Victoria. The Crown Victoria then struck a barrier wall partially ejecting the driver of the vehicle. The Cadillac driven by Taylor came to a stop in the far right lane.

The driver of the Crown Victoria, 30 year old Justin Hopkins of the 300 block of West 68th Street, was killed as a result of the Chicago car accident. Hopkins was pronounced dead at 11:20 p.m. at Stroger Hospital. Neither Taylor nor the two passengers in his vehicle suffered injuries as a result of the car accident. Taylor’s blood alcohol level has not been released as the car accident remains under investigation.

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May 11, 2009

South Side Chicago Drunk Driver Car Accident Leaves one dead, seven injured

A tragic Chicago car accident left one dead and seven injured last night on Chicago’s South Side around 7:50 p.m. The three car crash occurred near the corner of 43rd St. and Western Avenue around 7:50 p.m. according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Joe Roccasalva. The accident occurred when a northbound 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by a 38 year-old man who is now in custody drove through the intersection while the traffic light was red and struck a 1993 Lexus. The Lexus was subsequently forced into a 2004 Toyota Corolla stopped at the southbound red light on Western Avenue. The driver of the Lexus, 45 year old Calvin Hatten of the 200 block of West 14th Place, was killed as a result of the collision according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Three others were listed in serious to critical condition while four were listed in fair to serious condition. Victims of the Chicago car accident were taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital and Stroger Hostpital. All other victims were listed in stable condition as of Monday.

The 27 year old driver of the Cavalier was taken into police custody and sent to Mt. Sinai Hospital where he is listed in stable condition. The driver was allegedly intoxicated when he disregarded the red light and drove through the intersection. Charges against the alleged drunk driver are pending. The Chicago Police Major Accident Unit is still investigating the fatal Chicago car accident.

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April 11, 2009

Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Kills Two in Drunk Driving Car Accident

An off-duty Chicago Police detective killed two young men in a fiery car crash on Chicago’s Dan Ryan Expressway last night. Joseph Frugoli, a 41 year-old detective from the Bridgeport area, was heavily intoxicated when he allegedly plowed his black Lexus into the back of a disabled Dodge Intrepid near the 18th Street ramp around four in the morning. The fiery collision killed both of the passengers in the Intrepid. Frugoli was reportedly walking away from the crash scene when he was apprehended by police. He has been charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence, two counts of reckless homicide and one count of leaving the scene of the accident according to the Cook County State’s Attorney. Frugoli was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment where chemical testing showed his blood alcohol level to be three times the legal limit. He reportedly worked for the Wentworth area detective headquarters just off the Dan Ryan at 51st and Wentworth. The Police Department has released a statement reporting the Frugoli has been relieved of his police powers.

The victims of the crash were Andrew Cazares, a 23 year-old resident of the 7700 block of West 62nd Place, and Fausto Manzera, a 21 year-old Chicago resident. Cazares worked construction and was known as a talented artist and skateboarder. Manzera was also artistic and was a college student at DePaul University. The Chicago Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division has launched a probe following the tragic car accident.

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April 7, 2009

Four People Injured in Chicago Car Accident

A Chicago traffic accident resulted in four injuries late Monday night in the West Side’s Lawndale neighborhood. The car crash occurred near the corner Douglas Boulevard and Kedzie Avenue around 11:45 p.m. According to reports, an eastbound 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix ran a red light and collided with a 1999 Jeep Cherokee that was southbound on Kedzie. The Pontiac carried a 35 year-old woman driver and two male passengers while the Jeep carried a 21 year-old male driver and an 18 year-old female passenger.

Chicago Fire Department Chief Joe Roccasalva reports that the victims of the crash were taken to two Chicago area hospitals. The woman driver of the Pontiac was taken to John Stroger Hospital where she was listed in critical condition. She received a citation for driving without insurance and driving without a valid driver’s license. The two male passengers of the Pontiac were taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago and were listed in guarded condition. The 18 year-old Jeep passenger was taken to John Stroger Hospital in stable condition. The driver of the Jeep refused medical attention.

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March 20, 2009

Four Injured in Chicago Loop Motor Vehicle Accident

Four people suffered serious injuries this morning in a two vehicle car accident at the corner of Franklin and Madison Streets in downtown Chicago. According to the Chicago Fire Department, the crash occurred when a Chevrolet Ventura van carrying four women passengers collided with a Pontiac Sunfire also carrying four. The cause of the crash is still under investigation however the impact was such that the van was left overturned on the sidewalk at the northwest corner of the Chicago intersection. All four of the passengers in the Sunfire were critically injured in the crash. Two of the injured were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and two were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The four women inside the van refused medical treatment. The identities of all the car accident victims have not yet been released.

Information related to how the crash occurred has not yet been made available as the accident remains under investigation. The Chicago car accident was fully secured by emergency personnel by 1:30 a.m. according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford.

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March 17, 2009

Chicago Rapper Killed in Motorcycle Accident

A South Side rapper was killed last weekend in a motorcycle accident near the corner of 95th Street and Forest Avenue. The fatal crash occurred when a westbound van making a left turn at Forest Avenue collided with a motorcycle being driven by 27 year-old Reginald “St. Nick” Coleman of the 400 block of West 95th Place. Coleman was pronounced dead around 9:00 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The driver of the van, 22 year-old Omari Dollison of the 6500 block of South Maryland Avenue in Chicago, received a ticket for failure to yield the right of way according to Chicago Police. Both Dollison and a van passenger were uninjured in the motorcycle accident.

While never realizing big label success, Coleman was very popular in the local club and bar music scene. He was a founding member of Chicago based White Chalk and was known for the unifying message of his music. According to the family, the tragic death of Coleman came just months after the passing of his wife leaving his three young children without parents. A memorial is planned for this week at Kingdom Church International in Park Forest where Coleman’s brother is a pastor. Coleman is survived by a mother and three sisters living in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

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March 3, 2009

Chicago Car Accident Results in Two Deaths and One Injury

A fiery rollover car accident caused two deaths and one injury on Chicago’s West Side last Saturday. The deadly car crash occurred in the Garfield Park neighborhood around 2:50 a.m. The Chicago car accident occurred when a northbound vehicle traveling on S. Pulaski Road scraped the east curb. The vehicle then struck several parking meters and a light pole before it split in half and became engulfed in flames. The vehicle finally settled on its roof near the intersection of West Monroe Street.

The tragic Chicago car accident left two dead and one critically injured. Jermaine Becton, a 29 year-old resident of 6514 S. Kedzie Ave., was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County around 4:50 a.m. according to the Cook County Medical Examiner. Fire Media Affairs spokesman Joe Roccasalva said that firefighters were able pull Becton and a yet unidentified woman from the vehicle. The ensuing fire prevented the firefighters from extricating a second unidentified woman from the car. The surviving woman was receiving treatment at Mount Sinai Hospital as of last Saturday. She is listed in critical condition. The accident is under investigation by the police Major Accident Investigation Unit. The police have yet to determine who was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.

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January 9, 2009

Chicago Interstate Car Accident Results in Teen Death

A fatal Chicago car accident left one 18 year old dead on Chicago’s Edens Expressway late Wednesday night. The three car collision occurred in the northbound lanes just north of Peterson Avenue at about 11:12 p.m. According to Illinois State Police Sgt. Richard Decker, a wrong way Honda driver traveling southbound in the northbound lanes struck a northbound 2004 Acura head-on and sideswiped a 2004 Subaru. The teenage Honda driver, later identified as Michael Adam of the 3700 block of North Park Avenue in Chicago, was reported dead on the scene by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The driver of the Acura was taken to an unidentified hospital suffering a broken tailbone. The Subaru driver reportedly refused treatment following the accident. None of the vehicles involved in the collision carried passengers.

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Todd Borisy reports that his office received several calls regarding a wrong way vehicle on the high volume Chicago expressway prior to the accident. Borisy said police are unsure as to the reason Adams was driving in the wrong lanes adding that alcohol is not considered a factor. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death accidental. Northbound lanes were closed after the accident until about 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

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December 30, 2008

Chicago Loop Car Accident Injures Two Children

Two children were injured last Sunday morning in a two-car accident in the Chicago loop just outside the Chicago Art Institute. The accident occurred at Michigan Avenue and Jackson Boulevard around 11:20 a.m. according to the Chicago Central District Police Department. Police News Affair Officer John Mirabelli reports that the two-vehicle collision involved an SUV and an undisclosed vehicle. While the SUV driver did not suffer any injuries, two children passengers were taken to Children’s Memorial Hospital. The children were listed in critical condition according to Fire Media Affairs Assistant Director Eve Rodriguez. The driver of the SUV did not suffer any injuries in the crash. Information regarding the other vehicle involved in the crash has not been made available. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for children and adolescents ages 1 to 21 according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Proper use of child safety seats can play a significant role in reducing juvenile car accident injuries. Illinois parents should be aware of both recommended booster seat designs and child seating positions. For more information regarding child vehicular safety refer to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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December 26, 2008

Illinois State Appellate Court: DuPage Strip Club Must Remain as Co-Defendant in Wrongful Death Case

A DuPage County strip club has lost its bid to be excluded from a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a deadly drunk driving accident. The State Appellate Court ruled last Wednesday that the owners of the West Chicago area Diamond’s Strip Club must remain as co-defendants in a wrongful death suit filed against John Homatas. Homatas, a 26 year-old Wayne resident, is currently serving a 12-year sentence following a jury trial in which he was convicted of reckless homicide and aggravated drunken driving. Homatas plead not guilty to those crimes in June 2007 following a head-on collision that killed two adults and one unborn child. The car accident occurred on January 4, 2006, on Illinois Highway 25 between Kenyon Rd. and U.S. Highway 20. After leaving the club, Homatas steered his northbound Jeep across the center line and struck a Chevy Tahoe driven by 27 year-old April Simmons of Yorkville, IL, killing her and her unborn child. John Chiarello, the passenger in Homatas’s car, was also killed in the collision.

The owners of Diamonds claimed that they had no part in the tragic DUI car accident because the strip club does not serve alcohol. The Appellate Court rejected this contention finding that the strip club owed a duty to the deceased plaintiffs when it ejected Homatas from the club and placed him in his vehicle knowing he was intoxicated. While the club does not serve alcohol, it does allow patrons to bring alcoholic beverages onto the premises for personal consumption. The wrongful death lawsuit claims that Diamonds employees started Homatas’s car and watched him drive away after ejecting him from the bar for vomiting in the bathroom. Police reports indicate that Homatas had alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine in his system at the time of the accident. Diamonds owner Ari Pomerantz has vowed to continue to fight the suit.

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December 23, 2008

Chicago Expressway Accident Leaves Two Seriously Injured

Two people were seriously injured in a four-vehicle car accident on Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway last Sunday around 9:00 a.m. The crash occurred on the outbound Kennedy Expressway/I-90 near the Addison Street exit. The victims suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries according to Illinois State Police. The crash was eventually moved to the side of the Kennedy around 10:10 a.m. causing delays on the major Chicago roadway.

The State Police are still investigating the crash which may have been weather related. Unconfirmed dispatch reports indicate the Chicago Fire Department initiated an EMS Plan 1 response automatically dispatching five ambulances to the scene. The scene of the accident was completely secured by 9:45 a.m. Emergency crews responded to several similar weather related crashes last Sunday according to the State Police.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) recommends that drivers take extra precautions in preparing for winter travel. First off, the agency urges Illinois drivers to install winter tires designed to handle high water, ice, and snow driving. IDOT also recommends that drivers carry a winter emergency kit that includes a flashlight, road flares, blankets, hand-warmers, food, and water. When coupled with defensive driving, proper weather-related driving preparation can help prevent Illinois car accidents this winter.

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December 18, 2008

Worth, IL, Car Accident Kills Two Teens, Injures Four More

A deadly car accident left two teens dead and four more injured in South Suburban Worth, IL, on Monday night. The crash occurred on the 6600 block of West 107th Street around 9:30 p.m. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the accident killed the driver, 18 year-old Arthur Cepulcha of 8326 Nashville Ave. in Burbank, IL, and 18 year-old Adam Skora of 5554 W. 85th in Burbank, IL. Four other teen passengers suffered critical injuries in the crash. The injured teen passengers were taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL, and Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL. All six of the teens had to be extricated from the severely damaged white four-door vehicle. The extrication took about forty minutes.

Accident investigations have been undertaken by both the Worth Police Department and the Chicago Ridge Police Department. Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the deadly automobile accident however published reports speculate that icy roads may have been the culprit. The white four-door car was found wrapped around a tree on its driver side. Regarding the damage, Worth Fire Chief Gary Swiercz reported, “There was not much of a car left.” It is unclear whether alcohol or excessive speed may have contributed to the accident. The accident serves as a sobering reminder of the potentially deadly effect of winter weather on Chicago roadways.

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December 16, 2008

Hoffman Estates, IL, Woman Charged with DUI Following Deadly Chicago Car Accident

Stephanie Buzek, a 27 year-old resident of Hoffman Estates, faces criminal charges following a fatal drunk driving accident on Chicago’s Northwest Side. The accident occurred at the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Devon Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 14th. Buzek was allegedly speeding north on Milwaukee when her vehicle collided with the rear end of a stopped car. The victim, 35 year-old Sergio Correa of 3141 N. Hamlin Ave. in Chicago, had stopped for a red light at the intersection. The collision broke Correa’s neck despite the fact that he was wearing his seatbelt. Advocate Lutheran General Hospital pronounced Correa dead at 2:57 a.m. on Sunday according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Bond was set at $100,000 on Monday for Buzek, who remains hospitalized following the car accident. According to police News Affairs Officer John Henry, Buzek has been charged with driving under the influence, aggravated driving under the influence, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and negligent driving. The Cook County State’s Attorney Office alleges that Buzek and a friend had dinner and at least three beers on the night of the accident. Buzek remains hospitalized at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL, having suffered a broken leg as a result of the collision. Her injuries are not believed to be serious. Buzek’s preliminary hearing for the criminal charges is scheduled for December 30th.


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December 4, 2008

DeKalb, IL, Car Accident Kills Two Chicago Women: Injures Two Others

Two Chicago women were killed and two more were injured in a motor vehicle accident Monday afternoon when their 2004 Toyota Camry collided with an International semi tractor-trailer. The car accident occurred at 2:20 p.m. on Peace Road just north of Fairway Drive in DeKalb. An investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office determined that the northbound semi crashed into the southbound Camry when the passenger vehicle lost control on a snow-covered road. The Camry began to slide sideways and crossed the center line forcing the semi driver to serve right. Unfortunately, the semi was unable to avoid a collision. Two of the passengers, Mary Heidkamp of Edgewater, and Sarah Conway of Edgewater, were killed in the collision. The two injured women, Joanne Steenveld of Skokie, and Kathleen O’Toole of Edgewater, remained hospitalized as of Tuesday. Anthony Medical Center officials have listed Steenvold in serious condition and O’Toole in critical condition. The driver of the semi was not injured.

The motor vehicle tragedy serves as a reminder that Chicago area drivers need to take extra care as winter weather begins. Mayor Daley echoed this sentiment last Monday urging drivers to slow down during winter weather events. The Mayor is forced to do more with less this winter season and he asks motorists to help by slowing down and yielding to plows. Daley revealed that last Monday’s snow, which brought only 2 ½ inches of snow to the north side of Chicago, cost taxpayers about $490,000. Heeding the Mayor’s advice this winter can help Chicagoans save both money and lives.

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June 12, 2008

Chicago surburban car-truck accident results in the death of a Joliet man

The accident occurred Monday June 9th. The Joliet Camry driver was on Archer Ave just north of 127th street in Cook County Illinois. As the driver was slowing he was rear ended by A Dodge Durango that failed to slow down. The force of the crash pushed the Camry into the path of an oncoming semi-trailer truck. The Camry driver identified as Robert Bato, 66 was pronounced dead at Loyola Medical Center late Monday evening.

The driver of the Durango received a ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and for driving without a license.

The fact that the driver of the Durango may have not had a valid license may present issues as to whether he is also validly insured. As difficult as it may be the family of Mr. Bato should consult with a knowledgeable in jury attorney as soon as possible to investigate all avenues of liability and possible methods of recovery. This may even be a case where the semi truck should be impounded to determine if the driver of the semi tractor trailer truck was speeding. Most trucks contain a so called “black box” that records the speed and braking maneuvers just before a crash. If this information is not obtained immediately it will likely be lost forever and the family may not make a full economic recovery.

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June 11, 2008

A man riding a bicycle suffered serious head injuries in Chicago

A bicyclist suffered serious head injuries on Lasalle Street in Chicago Monday night when the driver of a parked car opened the door in his path. The bicycle rider was thrown under an on coming car and suffered critical head injuries.

Four bicycle riders have been killed this year riding their bikes on the streets of Chicago.

Several years ago I represented the family of a man who died in a similar accident on Fullerton Avenue in Chicago. He was riding his bike to work when the driver of a parked car opened his door without looking back and pushed him under the wheels of a tractor trailer truck.

The jury held that the driver who opened the car door and the truck driver were each 50% at fault for the death of the bicyclist. The jury awarded a substantial 7 figure verdict which greatly helped the family of the bike rider. Without the jury award the family would have been impoverished. Because of the jury award the children were able to finish school in a good suburban school and the mom was able to be around to help keep them out of trouble. I recently ran into one of the boys and he told me that they are all doing great.

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February 25, 2006

Car Accidents

Although some car collisions can be easily dealt with without the help of a car accident attorney, it is advisable that you consult with a personal injury lawyer when you have been in a car crash where you or someone you love has been seriously injured.

Chicago car accident law firm Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law, has successfully dealt with thousands of car accident cases that have taken places on Illinois's busy roads and freeways—particularly throughout the Chicago area. We will thoroughly investigate your accident, gather evidence to prove your claim, get respected experts to serve as witnesses for you, and provide you with the names of medical specialists. Mr. Klest can also represent you in motor vehicle collision cases involving serious property damage.

What To Do After You Have Been in a Car Accident
Do NOT give a statement to the insurance company of the party that caused your accident until you speak with a personal injury lawyer first. Many insurance companies will try to get you to agree to a settlement amount right away without conducting a more thorough investigation.

An experienced car injury attorney can protect your rights, make sure that you do not damage or prejudice your injury claim by making the wrong kinds of statements, conduct a complete investigation on your behalf, and hire medical experts to examine your injuries to determine your immediate and long-term recovery care and expenses.

Medical treatment and rehabilitation for spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, severe burns, severed limbs, fractures, broken bones, and disfigurements are extremely costly. Chicago Injury Attorney Klest can make sure that these expenses are taken into consideration when working out a settlement with the liable party on your behalf.

Car Accident Claims
Automobile claims can be fairly complicated to prove, which is why you need to hire a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in successfully dealing with car crash cases. While the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Illinois is two years, some kinds of kinds of car accidents have shorter deadlines for a plaintiff to file a case.

Your car accident case might also involve a products liability claim if the vehicle that caused your injury was defective—as is often the case with SUV rollovers, defective airbags, and seatback collapses that could have been prevented by the manufacturer. It is important to get a personal injury lawyer immediately involved in your case so that the evidence of the product defect is preserved and investigated.

There may be multiple and hidden liable parties, such as more than one negligent motor vehicle driver, that can be held liable for your injuries, pain, and suffering. If a negligent driver killed your son, daughter, husband, wife, mother, or father, filing a wrongful death lawsuit will allow you to demand financial recovery for your loss.

Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law is Ready to Help You
Although you won't always need to hire a personal injury attorney right away, you must get legal advice immediately. Mr. Klest offers a free initial consultation to all potential clients. He would be happy to give you advice about what he thinks you should do.

We have law offices in Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois, and we represent injury victims from cities throughout Will County, Lake County, Cook County, and DuPage County, and the rest of Illinois. If it is more convenient for you that we meet closer to your home or hospital, we will travel.

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