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Failure-to-Yield Crash Injures Six in Chicago

A failure-to-yield crash on Chicago’s DuSable Lake Shore Drive sent at least six people to area hospitals, including four children.

Child Ejected from Vehicle

The failure-to-yield crash took place at approximately 9:45 a.m. on February 10, 2022. At that time, a 44-year-old male driver was attempting to enter the southbound lanes of DuSable Lake Shore Drive near Monroe Street. The driver then reportedly failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic before turning onto DuSable Lake Shore Drive, and he struck a vehicle on the passenger side.

The striking vehicle contained six occupants, including the driver, a 51-year-old woman, and four children. One of the children was ejected from the car during the failure-to-yield crash. Emergency responders transported that child to Lurie Children’s Hospital in critical condition, according to the Chicago Police Department.

The three other children in the vehicle were also taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital in good condition. Additionally, the driver and his adult passenger were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition.

Police issued traffic citations to the driver of the striking vehicle over the failure-to-yield crash.

No information is available about the condition of anyone inside of the vehicle that was struck, nor is it known whether any car accident attorneys have filed suit over the incident at this time.

The Danger of Failing to Yield

Failure-to-yield crashes occur when drivers do not yield the road properly to other vehicles in accordance with traffic signals or laws. These types of accidents can happen in a number of circumstances, such as when a driver disregards a red or flashing yellow light, makes a left turn without waiting for oncoming traffic to pass, fails to look before entering a street from a private driveway, merges aggressively onto the highway, or does not stop for a pedestrian who is in a crosswalk.

Unlike with most other types of collisions, the driver of the struck vehicle in a failure-to-yield crash is often the one who is responsible for the traffic accident. In Illinois, such a driver may be cited accordingly under 625 ILCS 5/11-904.

When a failure-to-yield crash occurs, the consequences can be devastating, even deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately seven percent of all fatal traffic accidents take place when one or more drivers fail to yield the right of way. Even failure-to-yield crashes that do not end in death can inflict catastrophic injuries that come at a great financial and personal cost.

Fighting for Failure-to-Yield Crash Victims

Failure-to-yield crashes frequently have unusual fact patterns, and the atypical nature of some of these incidents may be turned against wrongfully injured people who are trying to obtain compensation. Sometimes, a defendant driver’s insurance carrier may deny that there was a failure to yield and argue that the victim was in fact that the at-fault party, all in an effort to minimize the company’s financial exposure. If this has happened to you, consider doing what so many others have done before you and reach out to the failure-to-yield accident attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC.

With more than $2 billion recovered in verdicts and settlements, GWC is one of the premier Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation law firms in Illinois. No other plaintiff firm in the state is more respected – or more feared – by its opponents, both inside and outside of the courtroom. Our car accident attorneys have the experience, the determination, the resources, and the reputation of success necessary to help get you and your family the justice you deserve.

For a free, no-obligation consultation with a knowledgeable car accident attorney, contact GWC today. You may call our office at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with a representative at any time.