ChicagoTribune.com reported earlier today that a 26-year-old man has succumbed to fatal injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway. Our Chicago accident lawyers learned that the vehicle was traveling outbound on Interstate 94 near 47th Street at around 11:00 p.m. According to local authorities, the passenger vehicle was speeding when – for an unknown reason – the vehicle struck the outside wall of the local lanes. As a result, the vehicle crossed traffic and subsequently climbed the embankment at the 47th Street exit and hit a traffic control box – ultimately coming to a stop next to a bridge.
The driver of the motor vehicle fled the crash scene on foot and – as of press time – local authorities have been unable to locate him. One of the passengers in the vehicle died almost instantaneously, all the while, a second passenger in the vehicle required advanced medical attention at an area hospital where he is currently listed in serious-to-critical condition – according to the Chicago Fire Department. The accident caused traffic to remain closed for several hours until roughly around 5 a.m. when all southbound local lanes were re-opened.
Any Chicago car accident attorney will tell you that leaving the scene of the accident almost always results in harsh criminal penalties, as well as, future civil claims. Under current Illinois statute – 625 ILCS 5/11-401, the driver of any vehicle involved in a collision resulting in personal injury or death of any person is required to immediate stop the vehicle and in every event shall remain at the scene of the accident. Any person found in non-compliance of this statute may ultimately be found guilty of a Class 4 felony.
Any Chicago accident lawyer will tell you that in the state of Illinois, a Class 4 felony may carry an incarceration term approximately between 1 and 3 years. Additionally, any driver who leaves the scene of the accident may receive a monetary fine of up to $25,000. However, 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.
Specializing in civil litigation, our experienced accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti have continued to fight for the rights of those who have sustained harm or succumbed to premature fatalities in motor vehicle accidents since 1992. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a hit-and-run accident, please contact a Chicago car accident attorney to see what legal rights may be available to you.