Generally speaking, most fatal auto accidents occur during the overnight hours on the weekends. Though it varies slightly from place to place, police generally identify the hours between 8pm Friday and 4am Saturday, along with the corresponding hours that stretch between Saturday and Sunday, as the most deadly accident periods of a given week. Conversely, one of the least accident-prone times of the week are Sunday mornings somewhere between 5am and 9am. That’s because most people aren’t going to work or school, and it’s generally before the church commuters hit the roads.
That said, fatal crashes do sometimes occur during this “slow” time on Sunday morning. One was reported earlier this month in Chicago. Shortly after 5:15am on the morning of Sunday, September 8, a silver pickup truck was reportedly traveling south on Kostner Avenue in the Hermosa neighborhood. Near the intersection with Grand Avenue, the pickup allegedly crashed into both a Hyundai Elantra and a Toyota Camry, and then fled the scene. The 25-year old man who was driving the Camry was pronounced dead on the scene, while a 17-year old boy who was a passenger in the same vehicle was rushed to a nearby hospital with injuries.
Police are still looking for the hit-and-run driver of the silver pickup truck, which is thought to be a Toyota Tacoma. If and when the person driving the pickup is apprehended, he or she faces not only criminal charges but also the possibility of being named as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the surviving relatives of the Camry driver. A jury could order the defendant to pay reimbursement for burial expenses, monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of care or companionship, and estimate future wages that the victim would have earned in his lifetime. The parents of the teen could also file a personal injury lawsuit against the pickup driver on their son’s behalf.