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DUI-related car accident injures 8 people

A recent early-morning crash in Chicago's South Side neighborhood caused injury to eight people, including three children. The two-vehicle crash was caused by an alleged intoxicated driver. The driver was a 29-year-old woman who is now facing several charges.

The accident occurred on the morning of Feb. 3. The woman was traveling westbound in a minivan on 43rd Street when she failed to stop at a red light. She kept going and struck a sedan, which stopped near a wall and next to a light pole. Six ambulances arrived at the scene of the car accident.

All seven occupants of the sedan suffered injuries, and their conditions were reported as ranging from fair to critical. Two boys and a girl - all under 7 years of age - are being treated at Comer Children's Hospital. The woman driving the minivan was charged with DUI, failure to obey a traffic signal and driving without a license or insurance.

The woman was negligent for her failure to stop at the red light. Traffic lights and signs are in place for a reason: to keep motorists, pedestrians and others safe. The woman's actions caused serious injuries to herself and seven others.

Besides her criminal charges, the woman could also be held liable for the victims' injuries. Each victim could easily incur several thousands of dollars in medical expenses, depending on the severity of their injuries. In addition, the adult victims could suffer financially due to lost wages. They may be unable to work for weeks or even months due to the injuries they suffered. There are emotional damages to consider as well, such as disability, disfigurement and pain and suffering.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Woman charged with DUI in two-car crash on South Side that injured 8" Peter Nickeas, Feb. 03, 2014

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