Four people were injured Thursday night after a van in River North ran a red light and caused a chain reaction car accident. According to police, a 1992 Chevrolet conversion van failed to stop for the red light as it traveled southbound on Clark, at about 11:05 p.m. Passing through the intersection, the van struck a cab which was traveling eastbound, then hit a parked SUV. The force of the collision with the SUV started a chain reaction, with the SUV causing four additional parked cars to hit one another from the rear.
Injuries Caused By the Crash
Four people were taken to local hospitals – a 28-year-old man and 22-year-old woman were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and a 24-year-old woman was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. They were passengers of the conversion van and their conditions had been reported as stabilized. The cab driver was taken to Stroger Hospital as well. Unfortunately, police said that the van’s driver felt the scene on foot and that no citations had been issued as of Friday morning.
This is just the most recent in a string of accidents caused by drivers running red lights in Chicago. Always be alert when you are driving to avoid preventable accidents such at this one.
Problems Related to At-Fault Person Fleeing
When someone gets into a car accident and leaves the scene, it can be difficult for injured parties to seek insurance compensation from that driver. It can also be difficult to track down how to get property damage, such as crashed cars, fixed. For this reason, it can be helpful to get legal representation involved. Car accident lawyers have experience dealing with the intricacies of these types of situations—and if an insurance provider is attempting to refuse to compensate an injured person, having a lawyer on your side may help along the situation. If you don’t know who was at fault, it can obviously be difficult to press charges for the damage or injuries, but you should still seek medical attention if you need it, rather than ignoring any injuries, as they may get worse if left untreated.
Keep medical bills and repair bills for your car, as well as any records of missed work and lost wages, as you may be able to seek compensation even if the at-fault driver never comes forward or gets caught.