Chicago can be a hotbed for auto-pedestrian accidents. With millions of people and almost as many vehicles, it’s frankly surprising that there aren’t more of these types of collisions than there are. Even so, it’s still somewhat rare when two auto-pedestrian accidents occur on the same street within an hour and a half of each other.
But that’s precisely what happened earlier this month on Chicago’s Northwest Side. The first one happened on Tuesday, October 1st just after 6pm. A man was reportedly walking near the intersection of West Fullerton Avenue and North Leclaire Avenue in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood when he was struck by a car. He was subsequently rushed to an area hospital in serious condition. The driver of the car fled the scene, but reportedly turned himself into police several hours later.
Then around 7:30pm the same day, another auto-pedestrian accident was reported on West Fullerton. A 17-year old girl was reportedly crossing the street near North Lawndale Avenue in the Logan Square neighborhood when she was hit by a pickup truck. She sustained critical injuries and had to be taken to the same hospital. The driver of the pickup remains at large.
It’s certainly possible that the two pedestrians were jaywalking or otherwise crossing the roadway illegally, which would make these accidents their fault and not the drivers’. But given that both drivers fled the accident scenes, it implies that the people behind the wheel were to blame. In this latter case, the victims would have solid grounds to file personal injury lawsuits against the drivers in their respective accidents. These suits would allow the plaintiffs to receive reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospitalization costs, and expenses surrounding treatment, medications, procedures, and physical therapy. They might also be able to collect monetary damages for pain and suffering and lost wages from missed time at work.