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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.