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Chicago, IL – Six Injured After Hit-and-Run Driver Crashes into Old Town Restaurant Terrace on Wells St

Chicago, IL - Six Injured After Hit-and-Run Driver Crashes into Old Town Restaurant Terrace on Wells St

Chicago, IL (July 9, 2022) – Six people sustained injuries after a vehicle went over a curb and smashed onto a restaurant terrace on Chicago’s Near North Side on Friday, July 8.

The driver behind the wheel of a silver Lexus was traveling southbound around the 1200 block of North Wells Street, located in Old Town, at 10:30 p.m. when he tried to pass the driver of a white Toyota Prius traveling in the same way, according to police.

Authorities say the Lexus driver then struck the front end of the Prius, lost control, and went over the curb before striking many individuals eating on an outdoor terrace.

Five wounded people, including three women and two men, were transferred to local hospitals in excellent to fair condition. The Prius driver was not hurt and rejected EMS care on the site.

Firefighters claim the Lexus was stolen, and the driver escaped on foot after the Lexus completely stopped. Nobody is in custody at this time. However, Area Three investigators are now examining the facts surrounding the incident.

Our heartfelt sympathies and best wishes for a fast recovery go out to the injured victims and their families.

Serious Injuries in Pedestrian Crashes in the Chicago Area

Despite a general decrease in mortality from other kinds of vehicle accidents, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States has surged by more than 32% in recent years. This dreadful trend is also affecting Illinois, which is home to some of the nation’s most populated and walkable cities and towns, like Chicago, Springfield, Rockford, and others. Regrettably, the risk of serious injury or death for pedestrians is significantly increased on these heavily crowded roadways.

In point of fact, Cook County has the state’s highest pedestrian fatality rate. According to authorities, pedestrian deaths in 2019 hit a five-year record, with more than 95 pedestrians killed in Cook County alone.

When faced with the devastation of a major catastrophe like a pedestrian accident, victims may feel powerless, whether they are dealing with ongoing health issues, physical pain, or massive medical expenditures. Pedestrian accident victims die as a consequence of their injuries on occasion, leaving mourning families to deal with rising bills, lost earning potential of their loved one, and burial expenses, in addition to the unimaginable pain of losing their family member.

However, if you’ve been hurt or your loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident, you may have many legal options in the future. After speaking with a Chicago car accident lawyer, you may discover that you are entitled to full and reasonable monetary compensation.

Persons who have been injured as a result of another driver’s negligence or inattention may seek compensation from that driver under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act. Thus, family members and dependents get compensation if their lawsuit is successful.

As a result, it is critical that family members contact an experienced Illinois accident lawyer as soon as possible after one of these incidents. When you have been involved in a preventable accident caused by a careless driver or have lost a loved one, the D&W Law Group will do all possible to ensure that you get the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled.

Our attorneys believe that grieving families should never be required to pay for expenses incurred as a result of an irresponsible driver’s conduct. When you contact our experienced and competent legal team, we will work as your liaison and create a successful accident claim while carefully and meticulously combing through the facts of your claim.

Please reach out to the D&W Law Group at 312-888-8888 for a no-cost and no-obligation consultation. Our dedicated Chicago personal injury attorneys are ready to evaluate your legal alternatives and assist you in seeking justice the moment that you’re ready.

Note: Our team of writers uses secondary sources including news reports, police accident reports, social media posts, and sometimes, eyewitness accounts to compose these posts. Our firm has not independently verified any of the facts surrounding this particular accident, therefore, if you locate any information that is not correct, please let us know right away. We will correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will remove a post upon request. 

Disclaimer: This is not a solicitation for business.  The information provided in this post is not intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, always seek medical assistance as soon as possible. The photo used in this post was not taken at the described accident scene.

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