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Chicago Police Officer Hospitalized By Reckless Driver

We’ve all been there. You’re driving along, minding your own business when BAM! a reckless driver speeds past you. Whether a driver is weaving through cars on the freeway, running red lights, or speeding, these reckless actions aren’t just annoying, they can be extremely dangerous.

The driver of the black Kia that struck a Chicago Police cruiser in Fuller Park last weekend has been ticketed on charges of disregarding a red light, negligent driving, and driving while uninsured.

A nearby witness told authorities that he remembered seeing the black sedan speed through a red light on 47th Street near Dan Ryan just minutes before it crashed into the front driver side of a northbound police car. In addition to the driver, the Kia was carrying five women, one of which was taken to an area hospital. According to police, two of the women were taken into custody after being overly hostile. One of the two officers in the vehicle was taken to the hospital, while the other was treated and released shortly after the incident. (Chicago Tribune)

Over 6 million car accidents occur in the United States every year, and more than a third of them are caused by reckless motorists. Injuries received in car accidents can be extremely debilitating, and it is estimated that of the 3 million people injured each year from car crashes, 2/3 of them will struggle with permanent injuries and medical problems for the rest of their life. To make matters worse, these injuries can take away a persons ability to work, and often eliminates a wage earner from the family for a length of time, or permanently. (Reckless Drivers Statistics)

With this in mind, it is safe to say that reckless driving not only affects the driver and victims, but also has a ripple effect on many other people. Our lawyers know that many times the most frustrating part of having your life altered by a car accident is the knowledge that it could have easily been avoided had the other driver been more careful. Levin & Perconti takes pride in arming our clients with extensive knowledge and providing much needed in pursuing legal action against reckless and negligent drivers.

In 2010, our car accident lawyers represented the family of a 32-year-old woman who was killed when their car was rear ended by a semi-truck. In addition to the tragic death of their wife and mother, our client and his son both suffered significant life changing injuries as a result of the collision. Our lawyers were able to reach a $6.5 million settlement for the family.

Our lawyers have experience handling a wide array of cases, and we can guide you in making the best choices for you and your family following an accident. If you have any questions call us, we will let you know if you have a case.