A Chicago pedestrian was killed last night in a tragic hit and run accident on Chicago’s Northwest side. According to reports, 57 year-old Arturo Bracho was killed when he was struck by a rental truck near the intersection of North Cicero Avenue and West Grace Street at 10:30 p.m. Bracho was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center around 12:03 a.m. according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
According to reports, an eastbound Budget rental truck struck Bracho as he attempted to cross Grace Street. The truck continued to travel east after Bracho was hit. The Albany Park District Police Department apprehended a man and woman a short time later at 3203 N. Kilbourn. Charges have yet to be filed against the two as the accident remains under investigation. If the hit and run driver that caused the death is not identified, the victim’s family may have an uninsured motorist claim against their own insurance company. If the at-fault party is identified, the family may have an underinsured motorist claim against their own insurance company.
Uninsured motorist claims often arise from hit and run accidents. When an uninsured motorist accident occurs, the relationship between the claimant and his or her own insurance company becomes adversarial. If you think that you might have an uninsured motorist claim, you should contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer to investigate your claim and protect your rights. Illinois accident attorney Joseph G. Klest has over twenty eight years of experience handling uninsured and underinsured motorist claims. Contact the Klest Law Firm today for a free initial consultation.