In the early morning of August 15, 2012, a Chicago cab driver sped through an intersection, rammed into a light pole, then struck and killed a 30-year-old man who was waiting on the curb for a bus.
The accident happened at the intersection of Chicago and Milwaukee Avenues. According to witnesses, the cab driver ran a red light before striking a light pole, which caused the cab to flip over several times. The vehicle came to a stop when it rammed into a CVS Pharmacy sign.
The cab’s passenger escaped from the vehicle just before it started on fire. Bystanders rescued the cab driver from the burning car. Both the driver and passenger were taken to the hospital. The 30-year-old University of Chicago business school student who was hit was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the cab driver was issued many citations for the accident, including: “negligent driving, driving 30 mph to 40 mph above the speed limit, failure to reduce speed, failure to keep in lane, disobeying a red light, driving on sidewalks and parkways and damage to public property.”
Sadly, this is just one of the many fatal accidents that occur on Chicago’s streets every year. Too often, drivers engage in negligent or reckless behavior that disregards the safety of others on the road.
When accidents like this happen, the victims have a right to hold the negligent driver accountable in civil court. After an accident, a personal injury attorney can help victims understand their rights and options.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Cab driver cited in fatal car crash,” Cynthia Dizikes, August 15, 2012.
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