Statistically speaking, you are more likely to be involved in a Chicago car accident during the nighttime hours than you are during the day. Factors such as darkness, higher speeds, and a greater presence of impaired or drowsy drivers all contribute to this phenomenon. Even so, it is still rare for two serious crashes to occur in Cook County in less than an hour’s time on a weekday.
Shortly after 2:45am Thursday morning, a man and a woman were walking in Chicago’s South Side on the northern edge of the campus of Chicago State University. The pair attempted to cross East 95th Street near South Cottage Grove Avenue when they were struck by a Nissan car which sped away after the crash. The two pedestrians were pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver was arrested a short time after the incident.Then just before 3:30am, a two-vehicle collision occurred on the border between Chicago and the southwest suburb of Summit. A 38-year old male driver reportedly ran a red light at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and 63rd Street. His vehicle rammed into another vehicle, injuring two of its occupants. The 38-year old man died at the scene, but the two injured men were rushed to different hospitals in the area.It is unclear whether the two pedestrians were in a marked crosswalk at the time of the far South Side auto-pedestrian chicago car accident. But since the driver fled the scene, it is likely that he will be found at least partially liable for their deaths, which could make him a target of wrongful death lawsuits that may be filed by the victims’ surviving family members. On the other hand, the red-light running driver will probably be held fully responsible for the injuries to the two men in the car he slammed into. Those victims would have the right to file personal injury lawsuits against the estate of the deceased driver.