The Chicago Sun-Times reported on a car crash that struck last week on the Stephenson Expressway. Early on Friday, around 12:45am, in the southbound lanes of I-55 near Damen Avenue, a car crashed into the median of the highway. It was a single vehicle accident. The driver was not injured, and following the wreck he got out of his vehicle to assess the situation.
At that time another driver saw the immobilized vehicle and pulled over in an attempt to help the driver of the first crash. It was at that point that the Good Samaritan who stopped to help was struck by another vehicle that was speeding along the highway. The victim suffered severe head trauma following the accident and was rushed to a local hospital. Luckily his injuries are not suspected to be life threatening.
The driver of the vehicle that hit the man admitted to police that he had fallen asleep at the wheel. While temporarily incapacitated, he drifted into the shoulder where the Good Samaritan was struck. He himself was not injured in the car crash, but police have charged him with several traffic citations.
This particular incident over the weekend highlights both the importance of remaining on the look-out for negligent drivers anytime near the road and the obvious need for all drivers to remain awake and alert at all times. Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti know that injuries and deaths following these accidents are common no matter what the circumstance. Anytime someone is near a travel area, the possibility for a car crash exists. We urge everyone, including those exiting their vehicle following a minor accident or those stopping to help others, to remain alert and aware of all dangers. It only takes one negligent driver to cause severe damage to all in their path.