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On September 17, 2016 there was a fatal motorcycle accident in Springfield.  [The accident is summarized in the September 17, 2016 post titled “Springfield Collision Seriously Injures Motorcyclist And Passenger.”]  The collision involved a motorcycle with passenger and a SUV.  The motorcyclist and passenger (identified as Nathan M. Gulley, 17, of Moweaqua and Isaiah M. Tuppince, 16, of Assumption, respectively) were both seriously hurt, sustaining life-threatening injuries in the crash.  Both later died from their accident injuries.

There has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed with regard to the accident.  The plaintiff is Tuppince’s mother, Monica Brown.

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A 5-year-old boy and 24-year-old man were struck by a pickup truck in Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood on Wednesday morning, March 15, 2017.  The man and boy were struck as they were walking across Ashland Avenue at 37th Street.

The pedestrian accident happened at 8:08 a.m.  The accident happened as a Chevy pickup truck was attempting to turn from 37th Street onto Ashland Avenue.

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There was a large “chain-reaction” crash Monday night (March 13, 2017) on the Kennedy Expressway.  At least 35 cars were involved, and seven people were injured in the crash.

The crash happened on the Kennedy Expressway between Division Street and North Avenue, in the inbound express lanes, at approximately 10:15 p.m.

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On November 5, 2016, there was a fatal two-vehicle crash in rural Kane County.  Two teenagers – Arthur Stenger, 16, of Montgomery, and Elijah Vajgert, 16, of Maple Park – died in the crash.  The accident – in which Stenger was the driver – is summarized in the November 6, 2016 post titled “Fatal Car Accident In Unincorporated Kane County.”

Recently, there has been a wrongful death lawsuit filed with regard to the crash.  That wrongful death lawsuit is summarized in the Daily Herald article of March 10, 2017, titled “Family of teen killed in crash sues family of classmate behind wheel.”

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There was a fatal rollover crash early Friday morning (March 10, 2017) on Lake Shore Drive.  The accident happened in the 700 block of South Lake Shore Drive, at Lake Shore Drive and East Balbo Drive.

According to Chicago Police, the crash happened at approximately 1:15 a.m.  The crash involved a southbound minivan that collided with a northbound car as the car attempted to make a left-hand turn onto East Balbo Drive.

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A driver died following a 3-car “chain-reaction” crash near Frankfort Wednesday afternoon, March 8, 2017.

According to preliminary crash investigation findings from the Will County Sheriff’s Office, the multi-vehicle crash happened at approximately 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at Center Road and Pauling Road.

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“Wrong-way drivers” continue to be a Chicago-area traffic safety hazard, primarily on expressways and toll roads.  As seen in the many accidents involving “wrong-way drivers” (many of which are summarized on this site in the “wrong-way drivers” category) many of these accidents result in one or more fatalities.  Most of the drivers who are driving in the wrong direction are doing so while intoxicated on alcohol and/or drugs.

There have been many efforts made to reduce the number of these “wrong-way drivers.”  Some of the efforts have included increased police enforcement, as well as placing large red signs on expressway ramps alerting drivers if they are driving in the wrong direction.  Various technologies are also being investigated.

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One of the most valuable benefits of wearing seat belts is that they greatly reduce the possibility of a vehicle occupant being ejected (i.e. when a person is partially or fully thrown) from the vehicle during an accident.  Such vehicle occupant ejections often lead to serious injuries, and in some cases fatal injuries.

On Sunday afternoon (February 26, 2017) there was a fatal crash on the Edens Expressway near Tower Road in Glencoe.

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Pedestrian accidents continue to be a significant traffic safety concern, due to various reasons.  As seen in the pedestrian accidents that have been discussed on this site (in posts found under the “pedestrian accidents” category) such accidents in Chicago as well as in the greater Chicago area often involve serious accident injuries.  Many such accidents are fatal.  Due to the harm caused by these accidents, lawsuits are often filed to collect accident injury compensation.

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