Yesterday, an Illinois auto accident attorney of ours read on the Benton Evening News online about an accident that involved the death of a child passenger and a negligent driver who failed to stop at a stop sign. The 6-year-old was a passenger in the two-car crash that happened on Tuesday night. Although the child was wearing a seat belt, the crash was so severe that it resulted in her death. The state police reported that the driver of the car carrying the child failed to stop at a stop sign at an intersection and drove into an SUV.
The negligent driver was sent to the hospital for severe injuries along with two other passengers his car. The driver of the SUV also suffered from severe injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. Additionally, three of the passengers in the SUV, a 31-year-old, a 2-year-old, and a 1-year-old were injured and were taken to the hospital. The negligent driver was arrested for failure to obey stop signs. KFVS12.com reports that everyone involved, including the child who was killed and the others who were injured, were wearing a seatbelt.
A Chicago car accident attorney at our firm thought it was important to remind drivers of the importance of obeying traffic signals and signs at all times. Illinois drivers are required by law to come to a full and complete stop when there is a stop sign in the road and they can face tickets and citations if they disobey road signs.
At four way stop intersections with stop signs, drivers must wait their turn, with the driver who stop first going through the intersection first. If there is an instance at an intersection where the stop sign is being hand-held by an authorized person, such as a crossing guard or policeperson, drivers should stop until they are authorized to proceed. The Illinois Rules of the Road also reminds us that drivers must also stop when they are behind a school bus and the bus has extended the stop signal arm. Motorists can only continue once the arm is brought back into the bus and the flashing lights are turned off.
Failing to stop at stop sign may seem like a minor traffic violation to some drivers, however when looking at the severe accident discussed previously, we can see that failing to stop can have serious consequences. Failing to stop not only puts the negligent driver at danger, but it also puts pedestrians and other motorists who may be in the intersection or nearby in danger also.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident where a negligent driver failed to stop or follow a traffic sign or signal, you may be able to receive fair compensation for any injuries or losses that you may have suffered. Filing a lawsuit could help victims receive compensation for costly medical expenses and recover lost wages from temporary or permanent leaves of absence from work. Our Chicago auto accident lawyers would be happy to discuss any questions you may have regarding a potential lawsuit. Please contact us to discuss how we may be able to help you.