Chicago police often engage chase tactics if drivers attempt to the flee the scene of a traffic stop. High-speed chases are definitely dangerous for all involved, as well as any nearby motorist or pedestrian. Motor vehicle accidents often occur during police chases, as one recently did in Illinois that resulted in a child fatality and injuries to numerous others.
The incident reportedly began when police attempted to pull over a car driven by a 21-year-old man. He was carrying several occupants in his vehicle, including a 2-year-old child. Police say the man hit the gas pedal and fled the scene; after that, a chase ensued.
The young man's vehicle crashed into another car. The sudden impact sent the suspect's vehicle off the road where a second collision occurred as it smashed into a tree. Numerous people suffered injuries in both vehicles. Sadly, the toddler was ejected from the vehicle and did not survive her injuries. Police say there is evidence that the child was not properly restrained in a car seat when the accident happened.
The driver of the fleeing vehicle was arrested. Illinois motor vehicle accidents like this one often lead to criminal charges and traffic citations. Victims who survive their injuries are able to file personal injury claims against negligent or reckless drivers. No information was provided in this particular case as to whether or not the fatally injured child was related to the driver. In many situations, there are grounds for parents or legal guardians of deceased children to file wrongful death claims against those who caused their deaths.