Cook County police officers are trained to multi-task while driving patrol cars. Officers learn to communicate with dispatchers and operate on-board computers while driving, sometimes at very high speeds.
Cook County pedestrians face risks on and near roads that drivers often don't consider. People sheltered within the confines of a vehicle easily can forget the vulnerability of non-motorists, especially during the night when pedestrians may be unexpected and hard to see.
Illinois drivers are often the first to be blamed for accidents, but the true source of negligence may originate from parties nowhere near the crash site. Automobiles are consumer products subject to strict design and manufacturing standards. Car makers and dealers can be held accountable for making and selling unsafe or defective products.
The shooting injury or death of an innocent person by a police officer can have criminal and civil consequences. Compensation is possible for victims of Illinois law enforcement misconduct, civil rights violations and wrongful death through liability claims.