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Tragedy Strikes Twice for Illinois Family

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April 7th, 2014 at 2:58 pm


hit and run, car accident, felony, misdemeanor, Illinois traffic laws, car accident lawyer, attorneyThe sudden loss of a loved one is always a difficult event to endure. As an article reported, one Illinois family went through such a trying time when they lost one of their twin daughters in a hit and run accident nearly 18 years ago. Now, they are reliving the nightmare after their other twin daughter was recently killed in another car accident not far from the original crash site.

The Crash

Sarah Sanaghan was killed last week when she was attempting to navigate through an intersection and a tanker trailer collided with her car on the passenger side. She was pronounced dead at the hospital as the result of blunt force head trauma. The accident occurred close to where her twin sister Cari, at 11 years old, died in a crash in 1996.

The 1996 accident happened when the twin girls were at a sleepover with two other friends.  The girls snuck out of the house to meet up with a boyfriend of one of their friends, and were struck by a passing vehicle as they were walking back to the house. Sarah was knocked to the ground. The other three girls were killed as a result of the accident.

Legal Ramifications of the 1996 Accident

The 1996 accident in which her sister was one of three youths killed involved a hit and run. The incident inspired legislation to strengthen hit and run laws. The driver in that case was convicted of four counts of aggravated leaving the scene of an accident and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of incarceration. Sarah, only 13-years-old at the time, spoke to the media about the accident, its impact, and her opinion that the driver deserved a harsher sentence that what was imposed.

The attorney responsible for getting stricter hit and run laws passed worked closely with the families of the victims of that accident. In doing so, they supported her in sponsoring a bill that increased penalties for such accidents and imposed a requirement on drivers to report hit and run accidents within one hour if they do occur.

Personal Injury Attorneys

Although the most recent crash mentioned does not seem to involve legal liability, any hit and run accident may result in not only civil action, but in criminal action being taken against the driver. It is important to consult with an experienced accident and injury attorney to be informed of your rights.

The dedicated lawyers at Mevorah Law Offices LLC can listen to the facts of your case and advise you of your rights if you have been involved in an accident of any kind. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We serve clients in Cook, DuPage, Kendall, Lake and Will counties, in addition to surrounding areas.

New Illinois Traffic Law: A Follow-Up

Written by Staff Writer

February 28th, 2014 at 12:53 pm


Illinois traffic laws, cell phone ban, distracted driving, new laws, Several weeks ago, we discussed Illinois’ new traffic law banning handheld cell phone use while driving, which took effect at the beginning of 2014. Now, the Northern Star is reporting that the state of Illinois is beginning a campaign aimed at educating drivers about the law.

 Drop it and Drive

A number of state departments are participating in the campaign, titled Drop it and Drive, in order to raise awareness about the law. Plans for the campaign include displaying posters at tollbooths on the roadways of Illinois and in retail establishments, as well as running commercials on television and the radio.

 Specifics of the Law

As you may already be aware, the law generally banned the handheld use of cellular devices while operating a vehicle, unless the phone is being used in an emergency, or the device is set to a speakerphone, hands-free headset, or another voice activation or hands-free mode. The purpose of the campaign is to make sure the citizens of Illinois and the drivers on its roadways are aware of the new law and its terms – as well as the consequences of violating it.

 Purpose of the Law

The hope with the new law is ultimately the prevention of auto accidents, as the article reported approximately 6,000 crashes occurred between 2008 and 2012 from distracted driving involving cell phone use. Officials say that the rate is much higher than it should be, and that the new law will go a long way in making the roadways of Illinois safer. That is predicated, of course, on the premise that drivers will be aware of the law as well as follow it, something that not everyone is confident will happen.

Distracted driving due to cell phone use is a problem that is apparent across the nation. Illinois is the 12th state to enact a law banning the use of handheld phones while operating a vehicle. Some laws were already operating in the state of Illinois to ban cell phone use while driving, specifically in the city of Chicago and in school zones, as well as in some other smaller towns in the state. However, the new law is enacted across the state, and therefore has farther reaching effects, entirely eliminating questions about where within the state cell phone use while driving is permitted.

 Consequences of Violation

Drivers found to be in violation of the law will face a fine, starting in the amount of $75.00, but can face a fine as much as $150.00 if they are repeat offenders, and can also face having their driver’s license suspended.

If you or someone you know was injured in an accident in Illinois involving a driver distracted by cell phone use, contact the experienced Illinois car accident attorneys at Mevorah Law Offices LLC today.

Man Killed After Dog Leash Ensnares Bicycle

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October 12th, 2013 at 12:27 pm


A 68-year-old cyclist is dead after his bike became entangled with a dog’s leash in a Cook County forest preserve, according to the Chicago Tribune. Wladyslaw “Walter” Bujak, of Northbrook, died “five days after the incident,” according to the Tribune. “The Cook County medical examiner’s office said Bujak died of multiple injuries from his fall.” Bujak’s daughter told the paper that her father loved to ride his bike, and did so every opportunity that he had. No one would ever have guessed that an accident like the one that claimed Bujak’s life would ever be an issue. The incident occurred when Bujak was “riding on one of the trails at the Harms Woods Forest Preserve, near the intersection of Old Orchard and Harms roads. It’s something he has done many times,” his daughter, Beata Nowak, 44, told the Tribune.  Man Killed After Dog Leash Ensnares Bicycle IMAGE

It was just after 1p.m. when a dog’s leash became wrapped around Bujak’s bike. Bujak was wearing a helmet, but, according to police and as reported in the Tribune, “flew off the bicycle and suffered injuries to his neck and head,” his daughter said. Several onlookers rushed to help the injured man, but the owners of the dogs whose leashes had been responsible for the incident left the scene.

According to CBS Local, while police haven’t yet been able to identify the dog’s owners, witnesses “say a man and a woman let their dogs get away from them. Trailing their leashes, the animals jumped at Bujak as he rode by. He was thrown to the ground, critically hurt.” The people who were responsible for the accident allegedly knelt down, untangled the leashes, and left the scene immediately. They didn’t even call 9-1-1, according to CBS Local.

In Illinois road law, according to statutes published by the Illinois General Assembly, any driver of a vehicle that doesn’t stop to render aid after an accident that causes grave bodily harm is subject to punishment. There aren’t laws that specifically address the situation encountered by Bujak, of course, since it’s such an outlier. Yet the owners of the dogs could likely face fault if apprehended.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving any type of transportation—bikes included—in which someone else was at fault, you may be eligible for compensation. Don’t go through it alone. Contact an experienced Chicago accident attorney today.

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