Car Crash On South Lake Drive Critically Injures Driver

Car crashes that occur on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive often lead to serious accident injuries.  As seen in various accidents – including those discussed on this site – these accidents often involve speeding or loss of vehicle control.

There was a crash on Lake Shore Drive Monday night (January 22, 2018) in which a driver was critically injured.

Details on the appear appear limited at this time.

As seen in the January 23, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Person critically injured in Lake Shore Drive crash on South Side,”a person was critically injured on Lake Shore Drive near the Kenwood neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 11:00 p.m., in the 4700 block of South Lake Shore Drive.  The crash involved a car crashing into a wall.

The man who was driving was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was in critical condition.

The cause of the crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Single-Car Crash With Three Fatalities On Chicago’s Far South Side

There was a fatal single-car accident early Friday morning (January 12, 2018) on Chicago’s Far South Side.  Three people died as a result of the accident.  The accident appears to have involved a loss of vehicle control, possibly involving a curve in the roadway.

According to Chicago Police, police officers went to the accident scene, which was in the 3300 block of East 100th Street near the Chicago Skyway, at approximately 1:00 a.m.

An excerpt regarding the crash from the January 12, 2018 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “3 cousins killed in fiery Far South Side crash“:

Police said they were heading west in a 2016 Chevy Malibu at a high-rate of speed when the sedan struck a light pole. The car flipped on its roof and caught fire. The vehicle was soon engulfed by flames.

All three men in the car died at the accident scene.  They were cousins.  The men were identified as Michael Battista, 48; Anthony Flores, 30; and Ralph Quiroz, 47.

The Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Unit is conducting an accident investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago single-car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the January 12 CBS Chicago article titled “3 Killed In Fiery Crash On Southeast Side.”

Ejection Of Vehicle Occupants In Stevenson Expressway Crash

As discussed on the “Seat Belts And Their Safety Benefits” page, there are various benefits to wearing a seat belt.  Wearing a seat belt is beneficial even if the vehicle has other safety features such as anti-lock brakes, stability control, crash avoidance systems, air bags, and other related safety systems.

One of the benefits of wearing a seat belt is that it restrains vehicle occupants during a crash, so the possibility of an occupant ejection during a crash is significantly reduced.  An occupant ejection is when an occupant is partially or fully thrown from the vehicle during an accident.  When these ejections occur, often the person’s injuries are far worse than if the ejection did not occur.

A New Year’s Day crash on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) led to the ejection of two people from a vehicle.  As seen in the Chicago Sun-Times article of January 1, 2018, titled “Pregnant woman injured in Stevenson Expressway crash,” according to the Illinois State Police the crash happened at 6:55 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-55 south of Pulaski.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Rollover Accident On I-57 Leads To Deaths Of Two Men

There was a fatal rollover accident Friday night (December 8, 2017) on I-57 near Matteson.  According to the Illinois State Police the crash happened near Flossmoor Road at 8:53 p.m.

An excerpt from the Mokena Patch article of December 10, 2017, titled “Speeding Lamborghini Crash Kills 2 On I-57“:

Police said the Lamborghini was speeding on southbound I-57 when it left the road, rolled over and struck several trees on the west side of the roadway.

Both occupants of the Lamborghini died at the accident scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.  The driver was identified as Jacob Dochee, 45, of Frankfort.  The passenger was identified as Samieh Jawdat, 26, of Crete.  Both were ejected from the car during the crash.

An autopsy revealed that both men died from blunt force injuries sustained during the accident.

The accident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the December 10, 2017 fox32chicago.com article titled “Two men killed when speeding Lamborghini crashes in Chicago suburb.”

“Black Ice” Causes Various Chicago Accidents Including On The Dan Ryan

“Black ice” conditions often create highly hazardous conditions for drivers.  Among the reasons for these hazards is that such ice is often hard to see and often is hard to anticipate.  Such roadway conditions, including a definition of “black ice”, is seen on the “black ice” page.

There were numerous accidents on the Dan Ryan Expressway overnight (Sunday night November 19 into early Monday morning November 20).  As discussed in various articles, including the November 20, 2017 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Black ice leads to multiple crashes on Chicago roads” as well as the CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Several Cars Crash On Black Ice On Dan Ryan, Far South Side.”

As discussed in both articles, one area where crashes happened due to “black ice” was the Canalport exit ramp on the Dan Ryan Expressway.  As seen in the CBS Chicago video, a SUV left the roadway and rolled over after it hit a patch of “black ice.”

The articles also mention other areas that were impacted.

Compensation Needed Following An Accident Injury

Compensation for accident injuries is a critically important topic.  When someone is hurt in an accident, it can cause a range of consequences.  In addition to the actual injury and its ramifications for one’s health, there can be significant – if not substantial – medical costs, even if the person hurt has comprehensive health insurance.  In addition, there can be other issues regarding money, such as wages lost because the person who was hurt is unable to work (either temporarily or permanently) due to the injury and the recovery period.

Because of these monetary issues, one of the primary reasons for filing a lawsuit is to get compensation for the accident injury.  This compensation is typically needed to pay for medical bills, other expenses, lost wages, and other financial hardships and financial strains caused by the injuries.

A lawsuit has been filed against the village of Steger with regard to an alleged vehicle accident and injuries involving a Steger police officer.

The lawsuit was filed by Nicole Long in Cook County Circuit Court.  It is discussed in the Chicago Sun-Times article of October 18, 2017, titled “Woman injured in crash with Steger police officer files suit.”  An excerpt:

Long was driving a vehicle May 1, 2016 when a Steger police officer drove through a red light at Chicago and Steger roads and collided with her, according to the suit.

Long suffered multiple injuries from the crash, which have continued to worsen, according to the suit. Since 2007, Long had worked as a server at Iron Skillet. She did not have health insurance at the time of the crash and had to return to work despite considerable pain in order to make a living.

As further seen in the article, the lawsuit claims negligence and seeks a jury trial.

The allegations in the lawsuit with regard to the injury recovery is also notable.  While many accident injuries heal after a period, there are others, including various types of traumatic brain injuries, that can either take a significant amount of time to recover from or become permanent in nature (i.e. permanent injuries).  These permanent injuries often involve various permanent physical and/or mental impairments.

Double-Fatal Chicago Car Accident Near Clark And Oak Streets

There was a double-fatal car accident involving a car and taxi on Chicago’s Near North Side.

According to information provided by the Chicago Police, the car accident happened in the 1000 block of North Clark (near Clark and Oak) and happened after one driver ran a red light.  The accident happened just after 3:00 a.m. and involved a car “rear-ending” the taxi.

An excerpt from the NBC Chicago article (with video) of November 1, 2017, titled “2 Killed in Double-Fatal Crash on Near North Side“:

There, police said a Hyundai Sonata and a taxi cab were traveling southbound on Clark when the driver of the Sonata, which was traveling at a high rate of speed, failed to stop at a red light and rear ended the cab in the intersection.

The driver of the taxi was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  He was identified as Mekonnen Kassa, 52, of Rogers Park.

The driver of the Sonata, identified as Sungde Joof, 40.  He was pronounced dead after being taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the November 1 wgntv.com article (with video) titled “Two killed in multi-vehicle accident on near North Side.”

Car “Rear-Ended” Semi Truck On Edens Spur In Northbrook

A car “rear-ended” a semi truck early Saturday morning (October 28, 2017) on the westbound I-94 Edens spur.  The crash resulted in two people being injured, one fatally.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the crash happened at approximately 1:32 a.m., on the Edens spur east of Waukegan Road in Northbrook.  The car became wedged underneath the “rear-ended” semi as a result of the crash.

The driver of the car, identified as Ladale Brassel, 47, of Northbrook, was declared dead at the accident scene by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The truck driver was injured and hospitalized with injuries considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 28, 2017 Daily Herald article titled “Round Lake Beach man dies in early Saturday morning crash” as well as the October 28 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man, 47, killed in crash with semi-truck on I-94.”

“Head-On Collision” On Route 59 Injures Two Drivers

There was a Cook County two-car collision that happened Friday afternoon (October 27, 2017) near Hoffman Estates.  The crash was a “head-on collision” involving two cars.

According to information provided by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened at approximately 3:00 p.m.  Two men were injured as a result of the collision, with one suffering serious injuries.

An excerpt from the abc7chicago.com article (with accident scene photo) of October 27, 2017, titled “2 injured in head-on crash in Hoffman Estates“:

A 21-year-old driver in a Chevrolet was traveling northbound on Route 59 when he veered into the southbound lane and struck a Volkwagen head-on. That driver was taken to a local hospital, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

The crash happened near Sutton Road and Magnolia Lane.

The driver of the Volkswagen, a 25-year-old man, was taken to the hospital.  His injuries were considered to be “life-threatening” in nature.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the October 29 Daily Herald article titled “Driver cited in crash near Hoffman Estates“:

The driver of the Malibu, 21-year-old Jalen Davis, of Addison, was charged with driving without a license, a class B misdemeanor. He was also issued citations for improper lane usage and not having valid registration.

The traffic accident investigation continues.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this “head-on collision” can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the articles mentioned above.

Speeding As A Cause Of Fatal Cook County Car Accidents

As discussed on the “Causes Of Car Accidents” page, among the many causes of car accidents is speeding.  This speeding includes that involved with street racing.

As seen in many Chicago-area accidents, speeding and street racing has led to various fatal accidents in recent years.

Excessive speed is also a contributing factor in vehicle rollover accidents.  As discussed on the “Cook County Rollover Accidents” page, these accidents are notable for many reasons, including that accident injuries resulting from these crashes are often serious, if not fatal, in nature.  These accidents that result in vehicle occupant ejections are among those that often lead to life-threatening injuries and fatal accidents.

There have been two recent Cook County fatal accidents which allegedly involved speeding.

The first accident happened on I-57 on Chicago’s Far South Side.  This accident is discussed in the October 2, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in I-57 rollover crash on Far South Side.”  This accident was a vehicle rollover accident, allegedly happened at high-speed, and resulted in the driver being ejected.

The second accident happened on October 18, 2017 in Glenwood.  The car crash happened on Illinois 394.

An excerpt from the October 18 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man killed in Illinois 394 crash in Glenwood“:

Excessive speed is thought to have played a role in a fatal crash early Wednesday on Illinois 394 in south suburban Glenwood, police said.

About 2:10 a.m., a red 2006 Lamborghini was speeding south on Illinois 394 when it passed another vehicle on the left, swerved right, lost control, drove off into a grassy ditch and struck a tree near East Glenwood-Lansing Road, according to Illinois State Police.

The driver was identified as Joseph A. Rodgers, 29, of Schererville, Indiana.  He died at the accident scene.

Additional information can be seen in the sources mentioned above.