“It flipped…four times,” claimed a witness of yesterday’s deadly River West neighborhood taxicab accident. According to The Chicago Tribune, the crash occurred on Milwaukee Avenue after the cab veered off the street, hit a pedestrian and a light pole, and then flipped over several times. The pedestrian, a University of Chicago business school student, was thrown “at least 15 feet by the impact and was pronounced dead at the scene” upon being struck.
Even worse, the student was just blocks from his home. Fortunately, good Samaritans who witnessed the scene prevented even further tragedy. Passers-by pulled the driver from the cab just before it started on fire. The cab’s passenger was also able to escape just before the vehicle went up in flames. The driver was in good condition after the accident. The passenger was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious to critical condition.
As our Chicago car accident lawyers understand it, the impact of the accident was tremendous. Along with hitting the student pedestrian and the light pole, the cab also hit a CVS sign. The manager of the CVS said that the accident “sounded like thunder hit the building.” Similarly, each and every Chicago car accident attorney at Levin & Perconti recognize the thunderous emotional consequences accidents such as this can have on the family of the deceased.