An Illinois teen was killed in January 2014, as she was walking along the shoulder of an out-of-state road with two other young women. All three were students at the same college. Two victims, ages 19 and 20, died and a third woman was injured by a hit-and-run driver.
A Chicago man survived a horrific crash that killed three passengers and hospitalized a fourth. Investigators in a nearby state said no other vehicles were involved in the Interstate 80-94 crash. The fatal accident happened in the early morning hours of a recent Sunday.
Drivers' mistakes are often responsible for Illinois motor vehicle accident injuries and deaths. However, fatal car crashes also occur due to actions taken or omissions made by third parties. Examples would be a fatal accident caused by a manufacturer's automotive defect, like a faulty airbag, or the failure of a bar to stop serving alcohol to a patron.
Trucking companies, like other employers, can be held accountable for the actions of the people who work for them. Companies who employ truck drivers are responsible for hiring, training and monitoring licensed drivers. Even companies that hire drivers who are independent contractors may be found negligent.
An Illinois woman died recently, after she was struck by a piece of decorative stone that fell from the outside of a church. WMAQ-TV reported the Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago had a history of failed building inspections between 2007 and 2011, including exterior wall problems. Other reports stated the structure passed 2012 and 2013 inspections but had not been inspected this year.
Doing something wrong may be better or worse than doing nothing at all. However, either behavior -- a mistake or a failure to take reasonable action to prevent an injury or death – can be considered negligence in a Chicago liability case. The word "reasonable" is the key.
It would be unfair to say all teen drivers in Illinois are careless or reckless because it isn't true. However, some teens lack maturity and experience with consequences, not just as drivers but as people. Teens often don't realize their behaviors can injure or kill others, but that's not an excuse to escape accountability.
Driving on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago involves the complete concentration of all drivers. If a driver takes his or her mind or eyes off the road for even a second, an accident can occur. The same is true for drivers who try to make lane changes to take an exit or pass other vehicles. Sadly, a driver trying to avoid missing the 71st street exit ended up killing an off-duty Chicago Police Officer.
People who rent items from companies expect that those items will be properly maintained prior to the rental. While that seems like a fairly simple expectation, an accident that occurred on May 31 while a group of four people was boating to Chicago on Lake Michigan.
There isn't any excuse for drivers to not pay attention while they are driving. Even a single second of inattention can lead to a serious accident. A recent accident that occurred in Chicago has claimed the life of a cab driver, but the driver who caused the accident wasn't injured in the crash.