6 Injured in Hit and Run Crash in Chicago
When a car accident occurs, the parties involved must stop at the accident and remain there until they render medical aid, the police arrive and everyone has the information they need to file a claim. Some people, however, flee the accident scene without stopping, leaving the victims there to suffer without medical treatment.
This recently happened in Chicago. A hit and run crash on the evening of November 9 left six people injured. The accident occurred when an unmarked Chicago Police Department vehicle was traveling north in the 4400 block of South Lake Shore Drive. A black BMW sideswiped the police vehicle.
The BMW continued north and hit a Toyota Camry. There were two women and two infants inside the Camry. All four occupants suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to a local hospital. Two police officers were also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the BMW has not yet been caught.
Why Do Drivers Flee the Accident Scene?
We are taught to always stop after we are involved in an accident, so why do some people fail to do so? There are several reasons. Some people panic due to the high emotions involved. They know they are supposed to stop, but they convince themselves that the accident was minor and they did not hit an actual person.
Many drivers leave the scene because they fear the legal repercussions. They may have been driving drunk. They may have been driving without a license or insurance. Perhaps they ran a stop sign or a red light and don’t want a citation. Therefore, they leave the scene and hope they don’t get caught.
Some simply have a lack of empathy. They do not think what they did was wrong. In fact, they put the blame on the victim for getting in their way. It’s a personality issue that some drivers have.
However, drivers must stop if they are involved in any car accident, no matter where it occurs. It could be on a freeway, on a side street, on a country road or even in a parking lot. In Illinois, leaving an accident scene can sometimes result in felony charges, especially if serious injury or death was involved. You could face hefty fines and jail time. You could also lose your driver’s license for an extended period of time. The victim or their family could also sue you in civil court for property damage, medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
Contact a Chicago Hit and Run Lawyer Today
In a hit and run accident, your insurance company may be on the hook for your damages. However, they may try to deny liability and leave you on your own when it comes to medical bills, lost wages and other expenses.
The Chicago hit and run accident lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, LTD can help you deal with the insurance company and ensure you get the compensation you need to recover. Get started by calling 312-800-0000 or filling out the online request form.