Drunk driver runs red light, resulting crash injures 8 people

On behalf of Mike Clancy

A two car accident in Chicago, Illinois left eight people injured and a community wondering how one person could be so negligent while driving a car.

The accident involved two cars, one carrying just a single driver and the other carrying seven people. The vehicle with the lone driver ran through a red light and smashed into the other vehicle. As a result of the crash, all eight people had to be hospitalized. Three young children were in fair-to-serious condition; two other adults were also hospitalized under those same conditions; and three other adults were sent to the hospital in serious-to-critical condition.

It was discovered soon after the car accident (which occurred in the early morning hours) that the driver who ran the red light was also intoxicated. That driver, a 29-year-old woman, was arrested on a number of DUI- and traffic-related charges.

Here we see, yet again, an example of someone getting behind the wheel of a car when they really shouldn’t — and compounding that irresponsible action with additional negligent decisions (not obeying a street signal). It’s almost difficult to muster the outrage necessary for such a crash because the cold reality is that these types of wrecks happen all the time.

Just because they happen, though, doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be addressed. The victims of car accidents that involve a negligent driver should consult a personal injury attorney immediately so that they can learn their options and build a strong case. The injuries, property damage and anguish they have endured can lead to compensation that helps them get their life back on track.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Woman charged with DUI in two-car crash on South Side that injured 8,” Peter Nickeas, Feb. 3, 2014

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Drunk driver runs red light, resulting crash injures 8 people