Chicagotribune.com recently made a report detailing a car accident near southwest suburban Plainfield that left one person dead and five people, including an infant and a toddler, seriously injured. Our Illinois car accident attorneys read that at about 2:30pm last Saturday, a car carrying a husband, wife, infant, and toddler was westbound on Route 126 waiting to turn left onto County Line Road. As the car was about to turn, an SUV, also traveling westbound, rear-ended the car and rolled over several times. After being hit by the SUV, the car spun and side swiped a motorcycle traveling eastbound on Route 126.
A Fire Department Deputy Chief states the family traveling in the car was extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and was transported to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. The man, toddler and infant were transported by ambulance in serious condition, while the woman was listed in critical condition. The deputy stated that both children were properly restrained in car seats, ultimately saving their lives. The driver of the SUV was thrown from his vehicle upon impact and was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital in serious condition. The motorcyclist was transported to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora in critical condition. According to Illinois State Police, he unfortunately went into traumatic arrest in the ambulance and died later that evening. He was not believed to have been wearing a helmet.
In addition to the fire department deputies and Illinois state policemen at the scene, Plainfield police and Kendall County police arrived as well. Plainfield Emergency Management blocked the roads at the intersection and surrounding the area after the accident, and they were reopened later that evening.
Although the report does not confirm who was to blame in this particular accident, our Chicago car accident attorneys understand that these types of accidents are very common throughout the state of Illinois and can ultimately become fatal if the proper precautions are not used while driving on roadways. An accident involving young children can potentially kill them upon impact if the children are not properly restrained in car seats. The children in the above report were both in their car seats, ultimately saving their lives. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of accidental death for children ages four through fifteen, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Every year, about 2,000 children under the age of fifteen die and nearly 300,000 are injured in passenger vehicle crashes; more than half of these children were not properly restrained.
According to the Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act, any person transporting a child under the age of eight years shall be responsible for securing that child in an appropriate child restraint system. Thus, our Illinois car accident lawyers would like you offer you some tips for choosing the right car seat for your child to keep them safe while traveling in your vehicle. The best car seat is the one that fits your child’s size, is correctly installed, and is used properly every time you drive. For infants, car seats must be used in rear-facing position until the child is at least twelve months old and weighs at least twenty pounds. Never place a child in a rear-facing car seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has a passenger air bag. Later on, the baby should ride in a front-facing safety seat placed in the back seat of the car. Toddler car seats should be used for children over twelve months old and between twenty and forty pounds. After this, booster seats are used for children who are too big for car seats but cannot sit alone due to their seatbelt not fitting them correctly. This will usually happen when the child reaches about 4′ 9″ in height and is between 8 and 12 years of age. In all, proper use of safety restraints for children saves lives. Remembering these simple tips while driving with your child will help keep them safe if you are ever involved in an accident.
Although the above report does not state whether the family planned to seek legal action against the driver of the SUV, when individuals do suffer serious injuries as a result of careless or negligent motorists, they have the right to take action. If the SUV driver was negligent, the family may be able to file a claim in civil court against him. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti understand that car accidents can result in personal injury and life altering consequences. If you have been seriously injured, or lost a loved one in a car accident due to a negligent driver, please contact our team of Chicago car accident lawyers to learn about what rights and compensation may be available to you.