On March 9, CBS Chicago reported on a tragic hit-and-run accident that sent a car tumbling down an expressway embankment. The 31-year-old-victim of the hit-and-run was killed at approximately 1 a.m. on Saturday.
Our Chicago accident attorneys know that hit-and-run accidents are far too common in Chicago and elsewhere in the U.S. These accidents leave injured victims and families with questions unanswered, and sometimes leave victims without necessary emergency medical assistance that could save lives. Hit-and-run crashes can also result in family members or victims not being compensated for their injuries and having to cope with financial stress.
The Hit-and-Run Crash in Chicago
According to CBS Chicago, the 31-year-old accident victim was driving a Dodge Stratus, which was pushed through a fence, down an embankment and onto I-57. The victim was ejected from the car onto the expressway. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
The driver who caused the crash was believed to have been driving a Land Rover with temporary tags. The driver abandoned the SUV, leaving the car running and taking off before witnesses or police could identify or question him.
After the crash, an anonymous telephone call was placed to the niece of the deceased victim. Family members were informed of the crash and told that the driver was dead via this telephone call shortly after the accident. The family went to the scene of the accident and watched for two hours without being able to go and see their loved one, who was lying motionless on the street and covered with a sheet.
Police are still investigating the accident and attempting to find the driver responsible. The deceased victim left behind two daughters, who were nine and eleven years old, in addition to his parents and other family members.
Chicago Hit-and-Run Accidents
Unfortunately, Chicago hit-and-run accidents create many problems. First and foremost, when a driver hits and runs, he doesn't make sure the victim of the crash gets medical aid. In situations where there are no witnesses or when no one gets involved, a person might die as a result when he or she could have been saved if emergency responders had been called.
If the driver involved in the hit-and-run accident is never identified, then the accident victims and their families are also left without any type of closure. When someone injures you or kills a person you love, you likely want to know who they are and why the accident happened. Law enforcement will investigate, since hit-and-runs are illegal, but there is no guarantee that drivers will be found.
Finally, when a driver hits and runs, it becomes impossible to take legal action against the driver unless/until he is found. Car accident victims or family members of people killed are supposed to be compensated for economic and non-economic losses by the driver whose negligence was a cause of the accident. Without knowing who the driver is, this cannot happen and medical bills and other losses may become burdensome.
Underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage can, however, provide a solution in some cases by allowing injured victims to have their financial losses covered through their own insurance policy. Uninsured/underinsured policies mean your insurer steps in if you get into a crash with a hit-and-run driver or with a driver with no insurance or insufficient insurance. Your insurer pays, up to the policy limits, what the driver who caused the crash should have paid.
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE.