The Northbrook Patch reported yesterday on a car crash involving several local teens on a major Illinois expressway. The Chicago car accident occurred on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) late Tuesday afternoon.
Shortly before 5:30 p.m. near the Willow Road exit, the car carrying five area teens was moving at high speeds on the interstate. Police estimate that the vehicle was traveling in excess of 80 miles per hour when the young driver lost control of the wheel. The vehicle flipped over in the confusion, sliding into a ditch, and coming to a stop on the side of the road against a tree.
The five teens all suffered injuries and were rushed to nearby hospitals. Fortunately, emergency responders do not believe that any of the injuries were life-threatening. No other cars were involved in the crash. The driver was issued several citations for the actions that led up to the crash.
Unfortunately, speeding, risky lane changes, and distracted driving remain a prevalent problem with many teen drivers. As studies have frequently demonstrated, this is especially true when young drivers are in a vehicle with their friends. It is vital that steps be taken to curb these risks and ultimately save young lives.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand the destruction wrought by so many car accidents—especially those that take the precious lives of young family members. The tragedy is even more apparent when the accident is caused by negligent or careless behavior that should have been avoided. If you or someone you know may have suffered from a similar accident on the road, please contact an Illinois injury lawyer today.
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