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“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.
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A fatal car accident occurred in the early morning hours of July 30th in which three women were killed. The accident appears to have only involved one vehicle and occurred when the car seems to have been traveling at excessive speeds and then the driver lost control and crashed into a light pole. The car then caught on fire and all three of the women inside the car died. According to the Examiner, the accident is still under investigation but at this time there is no evidence that another car was involved in the fatal accident. Witnesses and police confirm that the car burst into flames as soon as it hit the light pole and there was nothing that could have been done to save the women involved in the accident. To read more about this tragic Chicago car accident, please click on this hyperlink.

This accident shows how dangerous driving at excessive speeds can be. If a car is traveling very fast and crashes into anything, there is a very high likelihood that the car may catch on fire instantly. Illinois accident attorneys ask all drivers to remember this and to never drive at speeds over the speed limit. Aside from how serious an accident can be when traveling at these speeds, it is also much easier to lose control of your car when going this fast. This appears to have been what happened here and the excessive speed at which the car was traveling is likely what led to the car accident.

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An eight-vehicle car accident occurred on October 1st in which a Chicago suburban man was killed. The Chicago car accident occurred when one of the drivers was speeding and plowed into seven cars in front of him. Other than the one victim which was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, no one else suffered serious personal injuries. According to Chicago Breaking News, the driver that caused the car crash was on parole for a 2006 reckless homicide conviction, but at this point no charges have officially been filed against the driver in connection with this accident. For more information on this eight car Chicago accident, click here.

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On April 19, two men died in a car accident on Chicago’s South Side. The three vehicle accident occurred when the driver of a BMW attempted to pass a Ford Focus and Chevrolet. The BMW driver lost control of his vehicle and collided with the two other cars before striking a barricade. Upon impact, the BMW burst into flames and the passengers became entrapped in the car. Both men in the BMW died in the car accident. No word on any other injuries. Read more about this Chicago car accident by following the link.

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Recently, the Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Blog posted an entry about a fatal crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway. More information has now come out about the Chicago police man who was driving drunk and caused the accident that killed two young people, Andrew Cazares, 23, and Fausto Manzera, 21. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the cop was released on April 12 on $500,000 bail, infuriating those close to the victims. The article also notes that the police officer had a history of driving offenses and was just ordered to pay damages for a 2005 car accident. Read more about the aftermath of this tragic accident by clicking the link.

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A car accident happened in the early morning of April 10 on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago, leaving two people dead. The accident occurred when an SUV slammed into a car that was stalled along the side of the highway, presumably because of a flat tire. The disabled vehicle caught fire after the impact and both passengers were killed. The driver of the SUV was an off-duty Chicago police officer. Witnesses helped him out of his car immediately after the accident but then he tried to flee the scene on foot. Police apprehended him and he is now in critical condition in Northwestern Hospital. The Cook County Medical Examiner is trying to identify the victims of the accident.

Read the full account of the fatal car accident.

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Two adults and two young children were seriously injured on April 2 in a hit-and-run accident on the west side of Chicago. The accident caused the victim’s car to catch on fire. Police were able to pull the driver and his 7-week-old baby boy from the fiery crash. The driver’s wife and two-year-old daughter were both ejected from the car. The driver of the car that caused the accident fled the scene on foot before police arrived. All four victims were taken to local Chicago hospitals where their conditions range from critical to good. According the Chicago Breaking News, the offenders have not been located. Read the full account of this car accident.

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On March 21, a Chicago woman was injured in a car accident as she exited the Edens Expressway in Wilmette, IL. The car crash occurred when the driver lost control of her Toyota SUV on the off-ramp of the expressway. Her car hit a median and flew into the air, causing the car to cross over another busy road in a commercial area. The car eventually came to a stop when it smashed into a Border’s bookstore.

Witnesses to the car accident quickly helped the injured driver and her passenger out of the vehicle. Shortly after doing so, the SUV caught on fire. According to the report, the driver suffered injuries and remains in a local hospital. The report also noted that the driver most likely lost control of her car because she was driving too fast on the ramp.

Read the full account of the car crash by visiting the link.