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Lake County Car Accident Lawyer

On Saturday, January 5, two Chicago police officers were injured when their vehicle was struck by a vehicle believed to have been stolen. After the collision, the driver fled the scene, leaving the officers with severe but non-life threatening injuries. For Illinois drivers, the hit and run collision served as a reminder that some drivers will attempt to flee the scene of an accident even when it involves law enforcement.  

After a hit and run accident, one must act quickly and calmly to help ensure law enforcement officials are equipped with the requisite information to find the perpetrator. 

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Lake County Personal Injury AttorneysEarlier this month, a man was charged in a hit-and-run crash that occurred last summer which ultimately resulted in the death of a 64-year-old man. The accident happened in Cook County’s Cragin neighborhood when the driver struck a pedestrian while traveling at almost twice the speed limit. The driver, who continued home after the accident, was caught largely due to surveillance footage and the cooperation of an eyewitness. 

This tragic accident is a reminder to Illinoisans that hit-and-run accidents do occur. Here are some important steps you should take if you are involved in a hit-and-run collision

Immediate Action 

In the aftermath of a hit-and-run crash, it is important to act as quickly as possible. Your ability to react to the accident, contact medical professionals and law enforcement, and gather information can make all the difference in ensuring your physical well-being and helping build a case against the perpetrator.  

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,In late July, a 54-year-old Tinley Park woman was struck and killed in hit-and-run accident just after midnight. The woman, a pedestrian, was not immediately killed, but later succumbed to injuries in a nearby hospital. Her story is not uncommon. While several other types of common contributing factors to motor vehicle accidents have continued to decline—such as drinking and driving—the instances of hit-and-runs have actually continued to increase in recent years.

Data from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration  shows that the number of fatal hit-and-run accidents has increased from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,393 in 2010, to 1,449 in 2011. In the same period, there was an almost 14 percent increase in the number of fatalities which occurred in these accidents, meaning that not only are hit-and-runs becoming more common, they are becoming more severe as well.

Most hit-and-run perpetrators are especially difficult for police to track down, and they often are never apprehended. This is because surveillance cameras are rarely high-quality enough to capture license plates or facial images of the driver, and a lot of the time, bystanders or would-be witnesses do not want to get involved. Primary evidence for officials to recover information about the crime disappears immediately following the crime itself.

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