Posted On: December 11, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Chicago-Area Car Accidents Over Thanksgiving Weekend Kill at least Six and Injure Several Others

A number of people were killed and injured in Chicago car accidents in the city and suburbs over the holiday weekend. According to the National Safety Commission, the Thanksgiving weekend is considered the deadliest holiday of the year for motorists, with 389 US car accident fatalities and thousands of injuries occurring last year. To view our Chicago car accident law firm’s blog post about the dangers of being on the road during Thanksgiving, click here.

Here is rundown of some of the injuries and deaths, which were reported in the Chicago Sun-Times:

On Thanksgiving Day, 21-year-old Elias Nunez died in a Chicago pedestrian accident when a vehicle that had just hit another auto on S. Cicero Avenue struck him. Nunez was transported to an Oak Lawn hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced dead several hours later. Four other people were injured in the Chicago traffic accident. The driver accused of causing the Cook County car accident, 31-year-old Anthony Morales, was charged with felony aggravated DUI. He also received citations for failure to reduce speed, following too closely, and leaving the scene of an accident where property damage was involved.

On Black Friday, a woman was injured in an Aurora pedestrian accident when a car struck her. Many people were out shopping that day. Also on Friday, eight people were injured in a South Side car crash when the Buick they were riding hit a tree. Six of the Chicago car crash victims were minors.

On Saturday, a 63-year-old Joliet motorist was declared dead at the crash site when he was ejected from his vehicle. Spero Zappas lost control of his vehicle when he tried passing a semi-truck on Interstate 55 while driving at a high speed. His vehicle flew into a ditch and he was thrown from the auto.

Also on Saturday, 29-year-old Miguel Gomez-Ortiz was killed in an Aurora motorcycle accident when his bike collided with a Chevrolet SUV. Gomez-Ortiz was dislodged from his bike during the traffic crash.

Early Sunday, Yorkville driver Dustin Avenarius died when his pickup truck went off the road in a Kendall County truck accident. The pickup truck hit a tree before catching fire.

Chicago Car Accidents
There are many reasons why Chicago car accidents. Distracted driving, poorly designed roads, defective auto parts, drunk driving, and bad weather or road conditions are just some of the causes of Illinois traffic crashes. Before you throw in the towel on your Chicago motor vehicle crash case, you should speak with an experienced Chicago injury law firm about your case. There may be parties that you should hold liable for your Illinois injury accident.

6 dead, more injured in holiday weekend crashes, Chicago Sun-Times, November 30, 2009

Drive Carefully to Prevent Chicago Car Crashes During the Thanksgiving Weekend, MalmanLaw, November 18, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Car Accidents, Justia

Tort, Cornell University Law School

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