Two people have been killed and two others have been injured in a West Pullman crash on Chicago’s Far South Side.
West Pullman Crash Flips SUV
The fatal West Pullman crash took place at approximately 1:39 p.m. on March 10, 2022. At that time, a 22-year-old Ziyoun James was operating a 2005 Volkswagen Touareg SUV eastward on 124th Street, approaching its intersection with Michigan Avenue at a high rate of speed. He then reportedly blew through a stop sign and struck a northbound 2020 Hyundai Kona driven by a 59-year-old woman.
The Volkswagen flipped over and ejected a passenger in the vehicle, 17-year-old Inyountae James. Meanwhile, Ziyoun James was trapped inside the Volkswagen after it crashed into a tree. Both men died at the scene of the West Pullman crash.
Additionally, a woman who had been inside the Volkwagen was taken to Oak Lawn’s Advocate Christ Medical Center, where she was listed in good condition. The driver of the Hyundai was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was also listed in good condition.
The Chicago Police Department said that it did not issue any citations in the West Pullman crash. It is unknown whether the surviving parties have retained any car accident attorneys.
The Danger of Disregarding Stop Signs
Drivers have a responsibility not only to stop at stop signs but also to look out for other vehicles in order to determine whether it is safe to enter an intersection. Unfortunately, many of them do not. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), one-third of all intersection crashes in the United States and more than 40 percent of all deadly ones happen at intersections with stop signs controlling them. This amounts to approximately 700,000 stop sign violation crashes each year.
The IIHS study also found that 44 percent of drivers involved in stop sign violation collisions said that they did not see the other vehicle, while six percent report being able to see the other vehicle but unable to avoid colliding with it.
Two-thirds of stop sign violation collisions involve drivers who claim to have stopped before proceeding through the intersection, while seventeen percent of these crashes involved drivers disregarding the stop signs entirely.
T-Bone Collisions Often Deadly
Stop sign violations can be especially dangerous because they frequently result in T-bone collisions, in which the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another. These are among the most fatal types of crashes, with approximately 8,500 to 10,000 domestic deaths per year. T-bone collisions can cause severe injury to the occupants of a vehicle, even at speeds as low as eighteen miles per hour.
The reason T-bone crashes can be more fatal than head-on or rear-end crashes is that the only thing separating the occupant of a struck vehicle from the oncoming vehicle in a T-bone collision is a slim door and glass, as opposed to the reinforcement provided by the front or rear of a vehicle.
Helping the Victims of T-Bone Collisions
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