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A two-vehicle car accident in Carbondale, Illinois has left four people injured. Two children were injured and were transported to a hospital by ambulance. The crash involved a car and a sport-utility-vehicle (SUV). Emergency responders struggled to extricate one passenger from the car. Nearly an hour after the collision, medics, police and firefighters were still on the scene. Read more about this Illinois car accident.

The 17-year-old driver in a fatal car accident that occurred on July 8, 2008 has been indicted on charges of manslaughter. The high school student, who is being tried as an adult, could face 3 to over 12 years in prison. The teen failed to slow down at a curve and lost control of his Toytoa Tacoma truck, causing it to roll several times after going airborne and land on its rooftop. One of the passengers, another high school student, was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not yet known whether the passenger’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Read more about this fatal car crash.

Scientists are currently developing a car accident reporting system designed to automatically call for help when a car crash occurs. Scientists working on the project from Georgia Southern University say that in car accidents involving rollovers, drivers and passengers are often unable to call for help. Accidents like these occurring in remote areas are at risk for a delayed response by rescuers. The new technology would use a global positioning system device in addition to an inclinometer to detect rollover and wireless technology to evaluate the conditions of a vehicle involved in an accident. Read more about this car accident prevention system.

New policies in Illinois have been put into place to protect police and drivers from future car accidents. A lawsuit is currently pending against an Illinois State Police trooper who caused a fatal car accident last year in Rockford, IL. The police officer attempted to make a U-turn after witnessing a vehicle drive through a red light. As the policeman made the turn, his car collided with an SUV. The front-seat passenger sustained fatal injuries as a result of this collision. The new policies aim to prevent accidents like this from occurring.

Under previous Illinois law, police vehicles were permitted to go against traffic signals such as stoplights and stop signs with no speed limitations. A new code system was implemented in late 2008, giving police guidelines for how to react, depending on the severity of the situation.

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Last week, a judge heard arguments for a change of venue in a careless driving case, five months after a car accident killed one person. In July, the driver lost control of his tractor-trailer while driving. The truck overturned and slammed into an SUV, killing the SUV driver. Four others were injured in the truck accident. A wrongful death lawsuit and personal injury lawsuit have also been filed against the driver of the truck.

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A Chicago woman was charged last week for allegedly running over her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend with an SUV during an altercation. The car accident victim was struck by the SUV and pronounced dead at a Chicago-area hospital. The death was ruled a homicide and the driver has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

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Survivors of two victims killed in a fatal car accident have filed an Illinois personal injury lawsuit against the driver and his employer. The Illinois driver was working for a company when the tow truck he was driving allegedly crashed into a stalled SUV a couple weeks ago.

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A man died after his sport-utility vehicle collided with a school bus in Orland Park, Illinois. The man was taken to the hospital for treatment of his personal injuries and was pronounced dead about an hour after the automobile accident. The man was traveling east on Southwest Highway at 179th Street in his SUV when he collided with a mid-size school bus owned by Alpha Bus Services in Crestwood, Illinois. Two men were also treated for minor personal injuries at the scene. At this time no bus accident lawsuits have been filed. To read the full story, click here.

A new personal injury lawsuit has recently been filed by the family of a man who was run over by a car in the Durkin Park fight that occurred earlier this year. Durkin Park was the site of the clash that ended with one teen driving an SUV through a crowd of people. Despite the numerous and frantic calls to 911 that night, authorities were slow to respond and dealt with the callers with sarcasm and apathy. The man who was run over by the SUV sustained personal injuries that have prevented him from returning to his job in construction. He and his family are suing the driver of the car, the owner of the car, and the City of Chicago.

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The family of a young woman who died in a fatal automobile accident that occurred on the way back from the BMW Championship is suing the organizer of the golf tournament, the Western Golf Association, for wrongful death. Also being sued are Waste Management and Barton Staffing Services of Joliet, Illinois. The deceased woman was in a van that was transporting workers back to their homes when a faulty wheel and/or brakes caused the van to crash on I-55. The van was carrying fourteen passengers, and four of those passengers now face deportation for being in the country illegally. However, the two people who died as a result of this automobile accident were in the county legally, and the young woman was a U.S. citizen born in Chicago. Immigration rights activists have criticized the WGA for not doing enough to acknowledge the WGA’s role in these deaths. The family’s representative stated, “You cannot hire a contractor and say [you] don’t care how much you pay your staff or what conditions you allow them to work under and then say you have no responsibility when they die as a result of being transported to work in an unsafe vehicle.”

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