On February 13, 2021, two people were killed after their vehicle plunged at least 70 feet off the Stevenson Expressway, landing on the roadway below. The vehicle was driving inbound on the Stevenson at about 4:00 a.m. when it lost control near Ashland Avenue. The car landed on the street below at Archer Avenue and Robinson Street. Both occupants of the vehicle succumbed to their extensive injuries following the collision.
According to Illinois State Police, two other individuals were also injured in the crash. A 21-year-old woman and 25-year-old man were transported to Stroger Hospital in Chicago in critical condition. While it is unknown what caused the crash, a preliminary investigation by the Illinois State Police shows the car was traveling at a high rate of speed and likely struck a snow bank that was present where the car had lost control. The car also struck a light tower and knocked out the lights on the Stevenson in both directions between Ashland and the Dan Ryan Expressway.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), “speeding,” or operating a vehicle at an excessive speed is the cause of numerous serious car crashes each year. Speeding was a factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities in 2019, killing 9,478, or an average of over 25 people per day. The total number of fatal motor-vehicle crashes attributable to speeding in 2019 alone was 8,544.
If you or a family member have been injured in a collision, call the DuPage County car accident lawyers at John J. Malm & Associates today. John J. Malm & Associates is an experienced personal injury law firm representing individuals and families who have suffered an injury or loss due to an accident. Our attorneys have extensive experience successfully litigating major accidents on Interstate 55 and throughout the State of Illinois. Call 630-527-4177, or 630-524-2323, and speak with Attorney John J. Malm.