River West Taxi Accident Takes Life of Chicago Student

“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.

The wife of the pedestrian is also a University of Chicago student, and said that the two have “been together since our freshman year of college, 12 years ago. We’ve been inseparable ever since.” Surely, she has suffered a painful loss and we wish the best to her and her family in these difficult times.

At issue here is the nature of this accident. From a statistics standpoint, taxi accidents are quite common in Illinois, as are pedestrian accidents. Most recently in an August 6, 2012 blog post, our Illinois car accident lawyers discussed the issue in depth. We cited the vast number of pedestrian accidents occurring in the Chicago-land area from 2005 to 2010, totaling more than 18,300. Sixteen percent of which resulted in serious injury or death.

We also discussed the various reasons why taxicabs are especially likely to be involved in such accidents. These reasons include financial incentives to speed and break traffic rules. The sad fact is that the accident discussed above adds to the already increased number of traffic deaths this year over previous years in Illinois.

We hope to see these accidents begin to fall, and hopefully we can do our part by providing needed information and attention to help prevent such accidents. In the mean time, should you or a loved one suffer serious injury or death as a result of another drivers negligence, you can contact our team of Illinois car accident attorneys to find out what rights may be available to you.

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