Of all the various types of car accidents that occur in Chicago, rollover accidents are relatively rare. Yet though they make up a small proportion of the overall collisions that occur in the city, rollover crashes are more likely to cause serious injuries or even death than many other types of accidents. Often, the forces involved in a crash that cause a vehicle to roll over are severe and often these accidents involve multiple vehicles, though they do not have to. Rollover crashes are possible with many vehicles or even with just one vehicle involved.
Often, speeding, ignoring traffic signals, or driving on defective or faulty tires contributes to a rollover collision. Certain vehicles like SUVs and passenger vans are at a higher risk of rolling over than other cars because of their raised center of gravity and the often heavy weight that accompanies those vehicles. In many instances, it can be difficult for a civilian to determine what factors actually caused a car to roll and whether negligence on the part of anyone involved contributed to the crash. Speaking with a lawyer who handles car accidents and personal injuries is often a good place to start to learn about your legal rights and options if you have been involved in a car accident.
Police in Chicago have confirmed that a rollover accident occurred on the city’s southwest side early this morning. Though police are still in the early stages of their investigation, they have confirmed that four women and a 2-year-old child were inside the vehicle as the vehicle traveled near the intersection of Pershing Road and Kedzie Avenue shortly after 5:00 a.m.
It is not yet clear what caused the vehicle to roll but at this time, it is believed that the rolling car was the only one involved in this accident. Following the crash, the 2-year-old child and the four women in the car were all listed in serious to critical condition and were transported to area hospitals for treatment. The women ranged in age from 19 to 24 and it is not clear which individual was behind the wheel at the time of the rollover.
Some accidents are unavoidable and are not due to negligence on the part of anyone involved, but in the majority of crashes, a mistake was made by one or more drivers or a defect in the car caused the crash. In these cases, where negligence or an error on the part of someone else causes a crash that results in injuries, those injured may be entitled to relief.
Chicago laws protect accident victims and in many cases, entitle accident victims to seek proper compensation for their damages. Often, this can include a claim for any and all medical bills incurred as well as other losses, like pain and suffering. Speaking with an injury lawyer may help you understand the legal implications of your crash and whether you may be entitled to relief.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we believe that all accident victims deserve to have an advocate on their side. We offer a free case consultation to anyone hurt in a Chicago-area accident and we provide the consultation without any obligation on your part. If an accident has left you hurt or has claimed the life of your loved one, call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and let us help you now.
Prior Blog Entry:
Pedestrian Killed in Accident with Metra Train, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published March 17, 2014.
Girl, 2, four others injured in Southwest Side rollover, by Peter Nickeas, Chicago Tribune, published March 18, 2014.