A taxi driver was seriously injured Sunday morning in a Chicago car accident near O’Hare International Airport, the Chicago Breaking News Center reported.
The driver stepped out of his passenger van and was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 90 near the airport.
It was the third time in recent weeks that a motorist was struck outside a vehicle in the Chicago area. As we reported last month here at Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer blog, one person was killed and another seriously injured while standing outside a disabled vehicle and, in a separate incident, a 36-year-old woman was struck and killed by a semi while pulled over to check for a flat tire.
In this accident, Illinois State Police were called shortly after 5 a.m. about a person hit in the eastbound lanes of I-90. Preliminary reports suggest the driver may have stepped outside the taxi to change a tire. He was struck by a Jeep SUV and thrown into a ditch 40 feet away from the vehicle.
Shortly after 5 a.m., Illinois State Police responded to a call of a person hit in the eastbound lanes of I-90 near the airport.
Chicago employees who are injured in a work accident may be entitled to compensation for a work injury. About 1 in 4 work injuries involve transportation accidents or employees who are driving for work, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Emergency personnel used rope and a stretcher to haul the man from the ditch. He was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
The taxi sustained moderate damage after being sideswiped by the Jeep. The woman who was driving the Jeep remained at the scene and was being questioned by police.