Chicago is an extremely busy city always filled with people on the move. This is especially true at our major places for transportation, such as our airports. On any given day at Midway or O’Hare, you can see long lines of traffic and streams of vehicles surrounding departures and arrivals to pick up and drop off passengers. Oftentimes, and understandably, people are on a tight schedule to pick up a flight, and they tend to be in a hurry. However, despite the sense of urgency and the rush, we must always be aware of our surroundings and never forget that safety should come first. When we fail in this regard, serious accidents can and do occur, which result in personal injuries and death.
According to an article by the Chicago Tribune, a man from Carol Stream was killed after he was ejected from a service vehicle he was driving during a crash at Midway Airport. He was driving in the airport in the 5700 block of South Cicero Avenue when his service vehicle struck another service vehicle, according to the Chicago Police Department. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he died shortly after. Currently, the Chicago Police Department Major Accident Investigation Unit are investigating.
Our lawyers understand though that no matter how important the event is that someone is traveling to and no matter how busy they are, that safety is ultimately most important to prevent accidents and save lives. Every time someone gets behind the wheel of a car, they are accepting a legal duty to drive safely and not be the cause of danger and injury to others. When a driver fails to uphold their legal obligation and causes a motor vehicle accident resulting in injury or death to others, the driver can be held legally responsible for their negligent and reckless driving through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
In fact, car accidents in Illinois are unfortunately so frequent that the Illinois Department of Transportation keeps a regularly updated web application tracking crash data. According to that site, as of this far in 2015 there have been 306 fatalities from crashes in Illinois and 280 crashes overall. Considering we are not even halfway through the year of 2015, this is an extremely high amount of car accidents and deaths. For comparison, in 2014, the Illinois Department of Transportation reported on the same site that there were 924 deaths and 845 accidents. These are trends that we should not keep up. Accidents and deaths from collisions are extremely high in our state. Unfortunately, the map on that site shows that the highest number of accidents is also concentrated in the Chicagoland area – the city and its surrounding suburbs.
If we work together to act with caution on the roads and promote safe driving to those we know, we can make our Chicagoland roads a safer place. Our lawyers also believe in using our practice to make Chicago a better and safer place for members of our community. Through lawsuits and legal action, we work to hold wrongdoers accountable and prevent future actions by setting a legal example.