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Flying tire kills driver on Bishop Ford Freeway in Chicago

Driving on Chicago's Bishop Ford Freeway has some risks. The high volume of traffic mixed with the speed limit can often lead to accidents. While most of these accidents involve vehicles moving in the same direction, there are some freak accidents that can happen on the Bishop Ford. One of these accidents recently happened.

A 64-year-old woman who was driving a 2011 Nissan Versa was going southbound on the interstate. Her car was struck by a tire that was flung off of a northbound 1997 Chevy Blazer. The tire flew over the median when it came off of the Blazer. It landed right on the Versa's windshield.

The driver of the Blazer was given several citations. She was cited for use of unsafe tires, no valid registration and no valid insurance. She wasn't injured when the tire was flung from her SUV.

The other driver, however, was injured when the tire slammed into her Versa. She was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center, where she was taken with critical injuries.

When tragic car accidents like this occur, they are a stark reminder of how important it is to have tires on your vehicle that are safe. Failing to make sure they are safe can easily cost others on the roadway their life.

People who have had to deal with accidents like this -- whether they have injuries or have lost a loved one -- likely know how significant the cost of damages can be. Because of the considerable expenses that might be involved, some victims of car accidents caused by faulty tires might seek compensation. It is important to determine who is liable for the damages. That could be the vehicle owner in some instances, but it could be the tire or vehicle manufacturer in other cases.

Source: CBS Chicago, "Woman Killed When Tire Smashes Into Windshield On Bishop Ford" Jul. 23, 2014

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