Because Waukegan Illinois is a densely populated community in the Chicago Metropolitan area, it has maintained a high incident rate of vehicle accidents every year. Sadly, four individuals lost their lives in fatal car accidents in 2013, which was double the rate compared to the two previous years.
Even though Interstate 94 (Tri-State Tollway) travels through a portion of Waukegan, most of the community’s fatal accidents occur on the city side streets. This includes a deadly accident that took place on May 8, 2013, on North Sheridan Road just south of West Ridgeland Avenue involving drunk driving.
Past Waukegan Motor Vehicle Accident Fatalities
In October 2013, a Wisconsin resident was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of heroin after allegedly losing control of his vehicle and striking two pedestrians. EMT responders transported both victims to Libertyville's Condell Health Network in critical condition where one victim succumbed to their injuries. Law enforcement charged the driver with a single count of reckless homicide along with drug offenses and other traffic violations.
In June 2014, a vehicle passenger died in a serious accident occurring in the early hours at approximately 3:00 AM. The incident happened when a single car crashed into a utility pole on N. Lewis Ave. in Waukegan. The driver of the car suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to Libertyville Advocate Condell Medical Center. Witnesses indicated that the car was traveling at an excessive rate of speed just before the crash.
The following month, a Chicago area motorcyclist lost his life after being struck by a vehicle on Sunset Avenue during daylight hours. The automobile hit the bike after pulling out onto the street from a private driveway. Even though the victim was wearing a helmet and was traveling at a low rate of speed, the 23-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the accident scene.
In December 2014, a Waukegan resident became the victim of a hit-and-run accident after being struck by a vehicle at Butrick Street and Tamara Court just before midnight. The motorist in the hit-and-run car drove away from the scene and left the victim in the street suffering from severe injuries. EMT responders transported the 21-year-old injured man to Vista Hospital in Waukegan where he succumbed to his injuries four days later.
Maintaining Waukegan's Red Light Program
Even though Illinois legislators are hoping to enact a statewide ban on installed red light cameras, Waukegan’s local leaders are making the argument to keep them in place to ensure traffic safety in the community. The original red light cameras were first installed in Waukegan in 2008 along Green Bay Rd. and other areas in the community at locations with very high accident rates.
The pact between Waukegan and RedSpeed Illinois – based in Lombard – was recently renewed to maintain existing cameras already installed at four intersections in the city. Many officials throughout Chicagoland indicate that the red light camera system continues to be “fairly successful” in minimizing the frequency of crossroad crashes since each one was installed years ago. These camera systems were placed in areas often deemed extremely challenging for local law enforcement to monitor.
However, not everyone is convinced that the cameras work at reducing the volume of serious accidents occurring at intersections. In 2014, the Chicago Tribune commissioned a study that showed an increase of more than 22 percent in the number of rear-end accidents occurring with injuries at these locations.
Recovering Compensation for Injuries Sustained in a Waukegan Car Accident
If accident victims can prove that other parties are at fault for the crash, they are likely entitled to receive financial compensation for their injuries, damages, and losses. However, these types of lawsuits and claims for recompense are challenging to litigate. Because of that, many victims will hire a Waukegan car accident lawyer to handle their case.
A skilled attorney can build a strong claim for compensation by investigating the accident, gathering evidence, collecting eyewitness accounts and analyzing police records and medical documents. The law firm will negotiate directly with the claims adjuster working for all insurance companies involved in the case. If a negotiation cannot be reached, the client’s lawyer will file a Lake County car accident lawsuit and take the case to trial. The attorney will seek fair compensation to pay for crash-related expenses including:
- Medical bills, hospitalization costs and funds for rehabilitation, physical therapy and additional surgeries
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages caused by time away from work
- The loss of future earning capacity
- General damages
- Loss of consortium, companionship, and enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement and amputation
- Wrongful death
Hiring an Attorney to Prosecute a Waukegan Auto Accident Case
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC at (888) 424-5757 can assist you in filing a claim or lawsuit against every party at fault. Our team of legal experts can investigate your case for additional damages against every party responsible for causing your injuries, losses, and damages.
Our reputable Waukegan car accident law firm has years of experience in handling personal injury cases and wrongful death claims. Our lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of Illinois civil tort laws, rules and procedures associated with seeking compensation through an insurance claim.
Our seasoned attorneys level the playing field between our client and insurance carriers to maximize the amount of compensation you will receive. We work as your advocate and legal representative in every aspect of your case to ensure you financially recover completely from your Waukegan car accident. Our law firm offers an initial free consultation to discuss the aspects of your case and provide all available legal solutions on how to obtain the monetary compensation you deserve.