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A driver fled the scene of an accident on Chicago’s South Side early Thursday (November 15, 2018) morning.  The accident led to the deaths of two men.

The fatal crash happened at approximately 1:04 a.m. in the 7100 block of South State Street as a Ford Fusion was exiting the Dan Ryan Expressway.

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Two buses collided Monday (November 12, 2018) night on Chicago’s Far South Side.  The collision involved a Pace bus and a CTA bus.  As a result of this bus crash, ten people were injured, including one person who was critically injured.

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On this site numerous Chicago area pedestrian accidents have been summarized.  As seen in these accidents, there can be a range of accident injuries that occur when a person is hit by a car or other vehicle.  These injuries can vary both in type and severity.  Due to many factors, pedestrian accidents are often highly physically traumatic, and the injuries sustained can be life-threatening in nature.  Further discussion of pedestrian accidents can be found on the “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents” page.

There was a pedestrian accident early Saturday (November 10, 2018) morning in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.  The accident involved a vehicle driving onto a sidewalk and hitting three pedestrians, all of whom were injured and taken to hospitals.

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On this site, many Chicago area pedestrian accidents that have been summarized.  As seen in these accidents, a broad range of accident injuries can occur after a person has been hit by a vehicle.  Many of these injuries are serious in nature, and many lead to life-threatening conditions.  Additional discussion of various aspects of pedestrian accidents, including “what to do” if you have been hit by a vehicle, can be found on the “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents” page.

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There was a “hit & run” accident that injured two people, one fatally, in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on Thursday (October 18, 2018) morning.

According to Chicago Police, the accident occurred just before 11:30 a.m. near 57th Street and Racine Avenue.  At that time, a silver minivan that was driving at a high rate of speed southbound on Racine crossed over the oncoming lane as well as a bike lane, then drove on a sidewalk.

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Walking in crosswalks (with the light) is supposed to provide safe passage for pedestrians as they attempt to cross the street.  Illinois law regarding how vehicles should yield to pedestrians is strictly defined.

However, as seen in many Chicago area pedestrian accidents summarized on this site, many pedestrian accidents happen as people attempt to lawfully walk in a crosswalk.  Many such accidents have led to serious accident injuries, and in certain instances, the death of the pedestrian.

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Drivers who are being pursued by police during a police chase often drive at high speeds and in an otherwise reckless fashion.  Often, these drivers wind up crashing their vehicles, often resulting in injuries to themselves or others.  On this site there have been many such Chicago crashes summarized, with many resulting in accident injuries and fatalities.

According to Chicago Police, there was a carjacking Tuesday (October 9, 2018) night in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood that resulted in injuries to three people, including a pedestrian and a bicyclist, after the carjacked Mercedes-Benz crashed.

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There was a fatal Bridgeport car crash early Thursday (September 27, 2018) morning.  The crash led to the death of one person and injuries to two people.

According to Chicago Police, the crash involved a car traveling at high speed.  The driver then lost control of the car.

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Bicycling “dooring accidents” continue to be a substantial traffic safety concern.  These crashes can occur anywhere where parallel parking occurs, and as such many happen in urban areas.  However, it can happen in any instance when a bicyclist attempts to pass a parked car on the left.  Given that the bicyclist can be traveling at a significant speed at the time of the “dooring accident,” accident injuries can be significant and possibly life-threatening in nature.   Common injuries that occur during a “dooring accident” include head injuries, neck injuries, bruises, abrasions, and shoulder injuries.  However, a broad range of other injuries can occur.

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There are a significant number of Chicago pedestrian accidents that happen as the pedestrian is walking in a crosswalk.  While, in theory, a crosswalk should allow a person to safely walk across the street, for many reasons the safe passage of the pedestrian may not occur.  Driver distraction, as well as other factors such as the driver “not seeing” the person walking across the street, can contribute to the possibility that the pedestrian will be hit by the vehicle.

Various aspects of the possibility of a person being hit while they walk in a crosswalk – as well as statistics concerning accidents that occur in crosswalks – are further discussed on the “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents That Happen While The Person Is Walking In A Crosswalk” and “Safety Concerns Posed By People Attempting To Walk In Crosswalks” posts.

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