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Speed causes serious car accident; 7 injured

There's a saying: "Speed kills." Although speed didn't kill anyone in a recent car accident in Chicago, it did injure seven people, with four in critical condition. Four vehicles were involved.

The car accident occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 16 in Chicago's West Town neighborhood. A 29-year-old man was driving over the speed limit when he rear-ended a car. That caused a domino effect, with that car then smashing into two other vehicles. In all, one SUV and three sedans were involved.

The car crash caused injuries to seven people, who were all treated at local hospitals. Of them, four are seriously injured, two are in good condition, and one victim is stable. The driver who caused the accident is being treated at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital. He is currently in police custody. His condition is unknown, but criminal charges against him are pending.

A person who drives beyond the speed limit and injures others in the process is a negligent driver. That type of recklessness in this accident caused multiple people to suffer personal injury, as well as damage to their vehicles. He may now have to pay fines or lose his driver's license. If his recklessness was caused by intoxication, for example, then he may face jail time or additional charges as well.

An unexpected accident can cause financial difficulties for a victim. When injuries are caused by a third party, a car accident victim has the legal right to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for damages such as medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.

Source: CBS Chicago, "7 Hurt In 4-Car Crash In West Town" No author given, Jan. 16, 2014

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