On January 20, 2018, Brian Larson, 36, caused a four-car collision on I-55 just south of I-355 near Bolingbrook, Illinois at 1:52 a.m. Illinois State Police have not released the details of the crash, but did report that Larson was injured and later charged with driving under the influence. As a result of the crash, Carlos Ortiz, 31, Plainfield, was killed.
On January 7, 2018, a 71-year old West Chicago woman was southbound on Route 59 near Meade Road in West Chicago when she crossed the center dividing line and crashed into two other vehicles. The woman died in the crash while her passenger, a 78 year-old man, was seriously injured and transported to Central DuPage Hospital. The drivers of the two other vehicles were also injured and treated at the scene.
On December 25, 2017, two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision at the 13000 block of Galena Road in Little Rock Township. The Kendall County Sheriff's Office released an online statement explaining that Savaughn Strickland, from Aurora, was westbound on Galena Road when his Chevrolet Trailblazer crossed over the center dividing line and collided head-on with another Trailblazer, driven by 80 year-old Janice Armstrong, also from Aurora.
On December 15, 2017, 4 vehicles were involved in a crash on eastbound I-88 just west of Route 47, near Sugar Grove. Illinois State Police determined that Samuel Gradman, a 19 year-old Northbrook man driving a 2003 Infiniti passenger car, failed to yield to construction equipment on the highway, causing him to strike a Ford pickup truck before losing control and crashing into two parked tollway maintenance trucks.
Mathys & Schneid recently filed a lawsuit in Kendall County on behalf of a passenger who was injured in a single-car crash that occurred on August 10, 2017. Our client was one of four passengers in a car when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree on Douglas Road in Oswego. The lawsuit alleges that the driver of the car drove too fast for conditions, failed to reduce speed to avoid a crash, failed to keep a safe and proper lookout, and failed to keep the car on the road. The lawsuit also alleges that the driver acted willfully and wantonly by driving under the influence.
In many towns and cities across the country, law enforcement officials often increase their patrols during the holiday season. Since drinking tends to increase around holidays, given the high number of celebrations and parties, there are often more checkpoints and officers engaged in looking for drunk driving to protect those on the road.
On November 4, 2017, Anne Scott, 43, caused a head-on collision at Main Street and Route 47 in Yorkville. Police say that Scott was attempting to turn south onto Route 47 when she crossed over the center dividing lines and hit a northbound car. Scott left the scene and struck a traffic sign before being located and arrested by police.
Car accident investigations in Illinois may be getting an upgrade. A Lake County crash response team has a new tool to investigate car accidents: drones. The investigators are some the first in the country to use drones to photograph accident scenes, giving them new insight into the causes of motor vehicle crashes.
On May 1, 2017, 6 cars were involved in a crash on Butterfield Road and DuPage Parkway in Aurora. Investigators determined that Terrence Rush, 22, tried to pass multiple cars eastbound on Butterfield Road by crossing over the center yellow line. A westbound driver swerved to avoid a head-on collision with Rush, but the two sideswiped one another. Rush then crashed head-on into a separate westbound vehicle, causing 3 other cars to pile up.
On February 10, 2017, Mathys & Schneid filed a lawsuit in Cook County on behalf of a bicyclist against a driver who opened his car door directly into a bike lane and in front of our client, causing a collision with the door. The crash occurred on Kedzie Avenue and Montrose Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois on July 11, 2015. The lawsuit alleges that the car driver was negligent when he opened his door into traffic when it wasn't safe, didn't keep a lookout for cars or bicycles, and didn't warn traffic that he was about to open his door. The lawsuit also alleges that the resulting crash caused our client serious injuries, including a fractured clavicle, with a long recovery.