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Driver Pilots Car through Wicker Park without a Wheel, ‘Nasty Accident’ Ensues

Often there’s a fine deciding-line used to establish whether a car crash was the result of a driver’s negligence, or if instead it was, as the epithet suggests, just an ‘accident.’

Purposely driving a car that was missing a tire, however, probably won’t require that type of intricate analysis to determine liability.

According to a recent report by CBS Chicago, just last week an individual piloted an automobile through the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago while the car was short a tire.

Police say that this negligent behavior caused a “nasty accident” just past midnight in the 1600 block of West Division Street when the driver of the car with the missing tire ran a red light and slammed into a taxi. The accident was no doubt exacerbated by both the fact that the car had been riding on the wheel’s rim and therefore could not stop properly, as well as the judgment of the individual who chose to drive the car sans one wheel.

The driver of the incomplete vehicle and all four individuals in the taxi were taken to area hospitals in serious-to-critical condition, following the crash.

Every time a driver gets behind the wheel of a car, he or she accepts responsibility for the safety of everyone else on the road. Although accidents can and do happen, when a driver’s negligent behavior or careless actions lead to the injury or death of another person, the negligent driver must be held accountable.

When a driver acts recklessly – for instance, driving a car that is clearly not in operable condition – and, as a result, a car accident occurs, it may lead to an Illinois car accident lawsuit in which the driver who caused the harm may be made to pay damages resulting from the injuries sustained in the crash.

What’s more is that, when those car accidents cause fatalities, Chicago wrongful death lawsuits may arise instead. Under Illinois law, wrongful death is the legal concept that arises when a person’s death has been caused by the fault or negligence of another person or business. In cases of wrongful death, family members and loved ones of the decedent can file a claim to potentially make the wrongdoer pay damages for things such as the loss of companionship, monetary damages to cover the earnings the deceased person would have provided, and expenses associated with the death such as funeral and burial costs. If any of the four individuals in the taxi die as a result of injuries sustained in the car accident, the driver of the tire-less car may be made to pay significant damages.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident that is the result of another driver’s negligent behavior, contact an attorney to better understand your rights under the law. Our attorneys have enormous experience handling automobile accident cases, and even obtained a $2.07 million verdict for a 23-year-old woman who suffered multiple leg fractures in an automobile collision.