ChicagoTribune.com recently released a new report detailing a devastating Chicago car accident that critically injured a 4-year-old South Side girl. The accident in question transpired Saturday afternoon at around 4:30 p.m. when the 22-year-old driver struck the young girl at the 7100 block of South Normal Avenue. It was reported by that the driver slowed down subsequently after striking the girl, however, he did not stop despite witnesses attempts to run after the car.
As a result of the accident, our Chicago car accident lawyers learned that the 4-year-old girl was transported to Corner’s Children’s Hospital in critical condition. The young girl has sustained a lacerated spleen, in addition to, contusions to her lung and liver. However, the report indicates that her condition has since stabilized since the accident.
The 22-year-old Englewood driver ultimately surrendered to local authorities roughly five hours after the accident. In a written statement, the driver admitted to smoking marijuana prior to the accident. The driver has been charged with failure to report an accident with injuries, driving under the influence, as well as, driving without insurance. He is currently held on a $200,000 bond.
Any Chicago car accident lawyer will tell you that any time a driver flees the scene of an accident – the results almost always include harsh civil penalties, as well as, future civil claims. Under current Illinois statute, the driver of any vehicle involved in a collision resulting in personal injury or death of any person is required to immediately stop the vehicle and in every event shall remain at the scene of the accident. Any driver found in non-compliance of this statute may be convicted of a Class 4 felony.
In the state of Illinois, Class 4 felonies can carry an incarceration term of 1 through 3 years. Additionally, drivers convicted of Class 4 felonies, such as hit-and-run accidents, may incur a monetary fine of up to $25,000. Along with criminal penalties, a driver who flees the scene of an accident may also be subject to civil liability. An accident victim may receive compensation for damages incurred if it is proven that the driver acted in a negligent manner during the course of the hit-and-run accident.
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver, please contact our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti. Our experienced accident attorneys will provide a free initial consultation to help determine what legal rights may be available to you.