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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

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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.

Child Injured in Hit-and-Run

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June 26th, 2013 at 1:48 pm


Child Injured in Hit-and-Run IMAGEPatrick T. Washington, 36, is being held on $75,000 bail “after he was alleged to have struck an 8-year-old girl with his car… and then driven away,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Washington, according to witnesses, was driving west and speeding when he struck the child near South Bishop Street. “A 42-year-old woman was walking with her children when she saw the car race from a green light and strike the girl, who was walking across the street with other children and an adult,” according to the Tribune. Washington did not stop, or even slow down all that much, despite the fact that the child rolled over his car several times and eventually fell onto his windshield. The girl then fell from the windshield to the street and landed on her head, according to the witness. According to court records and reported in the Tribune, “police heading east on 47th hear the collision and saw Washington pass them in a Geo Prism at a high speed.” Washington was almost immediately pulled over, and several witnesses identified him as the driver responsible for hitting the girl and fleeing.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) National Pedestrian Crash Report, not surprisingly, “about two-thirds of pedestrian fatalities were in urban areas.” The shocking statistic is that pedestrians are more likely to be killed in non-speeding conditions than in speeding conditions, “based on fatality per crash,” according to the NHTSA, though the higher posted speed limit the higher the chance for a pedestrian fatality. The vast majority of pedestrian-crash incidents involve just the car and the pedestrian, not another car—like the incident on South Bishop Street this June. No information was given as to whether or not Washington was under the influence when the incident occurred, but according to the NHTSA, “the majority of drivers in fatal pedestrian crashes… were not drinking.” About 20 percent of pedestrians involved in a hit and run don’t survive the ordeal.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident such as this, don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Chicago-area accident attorney today.

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Hit-and-Run Accident Leaves Newborn Baby Parentless

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March 31st, 2013 at 2:18 pm


 At the beginning of March, a newborn baby was delivered in an emergency surgery after his parents were killed on their way to the hospital, in New York. According to the Chicago Tribune, the accident that left the newborn parentless was a hit-and-run. The parents were taken to New York’s Bellevue Hospital, where the baby was delivered. However, the baby boy did not make it and died from injuries that night, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Parents, Raizy and Nachman Glauber, both 21, lived in Brooklyn and were Orthodox Jews; they were headed to the hospital to have their first child. Because of religious tradition, the baby will be named, circumcised and buried. Police were searching for the hit-and-run driver and the female passenger who left the scene of the accident that killed the new parents. Their BMW sedan hit the side of the taxi that the couple were in, and the pair fled the scene on foot and left the car behind. The BMW was speeding down the street, where the taxi was stopped at a stop sign, according to witnesses. The taxi driver was taken to a local hospital and was released.

The mother, Raizy, was only six months pregnant and went to the hospital because she was not feeling well. The baby boy was only three pounds when he was delivered. A funeral for the parents was held in Brooklyn. The baby will be buried in Orange County, New York.

If you or anyone you know has been affected by a hit-and-run accident or any other type of car accident, contact a lawyer immediately. Call an experienced Illinois Accident Attorney today to get the help that you and your family need.

Four Pedestrians Hit By Car

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February 20th, 2013 at 8:36 pm


 According to a recent article published by The Press Enterprise, a pedestrian accident  left three injured and a toddler dead.

Police have stated that the toddler was killed and three older people were hurt when the group was hit by a sedan while crossing a dark Riverside street.

The details of the crash are still being investigated, but the crash was reported at 4:56 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, in front of a liquor store off of Indiana Avenue.

The street was blocked off for most of the night between Racine and Erie drives so that police could investigate the scene and find any helpful details.

It did not take long for officials to determine that a woman, a 16-year-old girl, and two toddlers were crossing Indiana Avenue approximately half a block from the liquor store’s parking lot, according to Sgt. Dan Reeves.

Reeves had stated, “There’s no crosswalk.  They got struck by the westbound vehicle.”

The toddler who survived was immediately taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and was soon after transferred to Loma Linda Children’s Hospital.

The 16-year-old girl was hospitalized in stable condition.  There was no word on the condition of the older woman, however, but she was taken to Riverside County Medical Center in Moreno Valley immediately.

The names of the four victims are currently unavailable.  Details of the crash are still trying to be worked out, as well as details of the relationship of the victims.

Pedestrian-car accidents happen more often than we’d like to think.  If you have been injured in a car accident, be sure to contact an experienced, dedicated attorney at Mevorah Law Offices to assist you.

 

Teen with Brain Injury Inspires Community

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February 8th, 2013 at 2:46 pm


 A couple of weeks prior to Labor Day, and the start of most schools, sports start in anticipation of the new school year with practices, meals and lifting sessions. Expectations of a stellar season make it easy to get going on a hot, summer August day to head over to sweat, work and play hard.

August 18, 2012, was such a day for a West Chicago teen, riding his bike to St. Francis High School’s football season opener. Alex Novak, 15, was hit by a van at an intersection and was immediately sent to the hospital. He suffered serious brain injury that put him in a six week coma. The damage has caused an axonal damage to the brain which interrupts the pathways to his brain. Even to this day, Alex is taking 20 medications, has a tracheal tube, wears a vest that vibrates to help him cough and non-stop monitoring for respiratory infections.

Alex is just one of those kids who shines and draws others to him – not because of popularity, but rather, for his athleticism, good deeds and service to others. Though the insurance is covering the 24 hour care he needs, his family has much more to cover such as a chair lift to get to the different levels of the home and a van equipped for wheelchairs, to name a few. Other students and community members want to help; the St. Francis High School is seeking what the family needs and finding ways to raise funds to assist them.

Brain injury due to an accident is a serious, life changing injury. You need to be covered by insurance and compensated properly by the one who has caused the injury. Seek an attorney who knows how to fight for your rights and knows first-hand the injury and car accident laws in the DuPage area.

Hit-And-Run Kills Aurora School Worker

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January 30th, 2013 at 1:39 pm


 On January 21, outside a psychiatric residential treatment center in Aurora, a counselor for the center was killed. Theresa Burns, the victim, was walking with one of the students that she had been counseling when tragedy struck. The 18 year old, who had been counseled by Burns, walked onto the street and sat down. Burns and other staff members rushed to get her off the road when a car hit Burns and killed her. Another staff member was also hit and injured. The incident took place around 5:30 pm, according to police. Burns was pronounced dead at 6 pm. Authorities do not believe that the driver was driving illegally when he hit Burns and the fellow staff member. Two other staff members had also tried to help but were not injured; neither was the 18-year-old woman.

The driver of the car fled the scene, and left his 1997 Geo Metro behind on Church Road in Aurora. Police believe that they know the driver’s identity but are unable to locate him. Authorities from Northern Illinois Academy, where the incident took place, say that they are going to review their current policies since this occurrence. The Northern Illinois Academy is a school for young people with mental health issues.

If you or anyone you know has been involved in a car accident, be sure to get help from a DuPage car accident attorney. Contact Mevorah Law Offices in DuPage County, where you will be able to receive a free initial consultation. Be sure to call 630-932-9100.

 

Pedestrian and Bicycle Fatalities Increased in 2012

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January 26th, 2013 at 8:00 am


 The streets are busy year round in Chicago.  Cars, buses, taxis, pedestrians, and bicycles all jockey for space in lanes of traffic.  This has resulted in 48 pedestrian fatalities in Chicago in 2012.  This is the most deaths since 2008 when 52 pedestrians died as a result of car accidents.  The past three years had totals of 35, 30, and 31.

There was also an increase in the number of fatal accidents involving bicycles.  Eight bicyclists were killed in 2012 as a result of increased bikes on the streets.  In general, accidents involving bikes have increased by 38% from 2001 to 2011, according to the Chicago Police Department.  All these increases mirror an increasing trend nationally.  From January to September in 2012, the fatality rate increased by 7.1% over the same period of 2011, based on research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There are a few theories about the increases in fatalities.  The weather was very mild in 2012 and may be a reason that more people chose bike-riding and walking, thus increasing the likelihood of accidents.  The economy may be a factor in these changes in transportation.  Increasing in gas costs and unemployment may cause more people to seek travel alternatives.

A case can also be made for distracted driving as a cause for increased car accidents.  Jose Ucles, spokesperson at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said “People are more distracted.  All you need to do is look around and see everyone on a cellphone, texting or listening to music and not paying attention to the road.”

The City of Chicago has been using this crash data to identify hot spots and create safer streets.  Yet, it will not stop people from being hit by distracted drivers.  If you have been injured in a car accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Chicago to review if you are entitled to damages.

Crash in Logan Square leaves One Woman Dead

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January 6th, 2013 at 8:00 am


 A sixty-seven year old woman was travelling with her daughter in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago on Christmas morning.  As they were travelling south near the 2600 block of North Pulaski Road, they were hit by a Chevrolet Blazer traveling in the wrong lane.  Obduila Villalobos was in the backseat of the Volkswagen Golf while her twenty five year old daughter and a twenty-five year old man were in the front seat.

The car accident occurred slightly before 5 am.  When Obduila’s daughter saw the SUV crossing into her lane, she made an attempt to swerve out of the way.  The result was that the passenger side of the Golf was hit squarely by the Blazer.  The Blazer ran off without stopping and rendering aid, and was later found by the Chicago Police Department a short while after the accident.

Obdulia was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with her daughter.  While the daughter is not reported to have any injuries, the mother was critically injured in the accident.  She was declared dead by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office at 5:18 am.  The man in the front seat refused any medical attention.

The holidays are meant to be spent with family which makes this accident especially tragic.  While nothing can reverse the injuries suffered in an accident, a personal injury suit may alleviate some of the financial damage of medical bills, lost paychecks and emotional suffering.  Contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Joliet to review the particulars of your case.

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