The Chicago Tribune reported this weekend on a car crash that severely injured two Chicago boys.
On Saturday afternoon two young boys, ages 11 and 15, were on 119th Street and Harvard Avenue on the city’s south side. Around noon they both were hit by a car driven by a man in his 40s. The car driver remained on the scene until emergency crews arrived. The victims were serious to critical condition following the crash and were rushed to nearby hospitals.
At the time of the report, officials were unsure of the cause of the accident. Of course a number of possibilities exist. The boys could have darted into the road at the wrong time, not giving the driver any chance to avoid the crash. On the other hand the driver could have taken his eyes off the road at an inopportune time leading to the collision. Investigation will hopefully reveal more.
This Chicago car accident emphasizes an often forgotten risk for drivers. It is imperative that all travelers remain on the look-out for children on or near the roadway. This is especially important in neighborhoods with yards and play-areas close to traveling cars.
Our Chicago car crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti wish for a speedy recovery for the young children involved in this accident. It remains tragic that one of the leading causes of death for all young people in our area involves car crashes. The statistics on children deaths, especially teens, should truly be treated as an epidemic. We encourage everyone to ensure that their young drivers are exercising the care need to remain safe while behind the wheel. We also urge all drivers to take particular caution when traveling in areas that may be prone to young children playing nearby. Only a split second of ill attention can be the difference of life and death for a young person.
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