In 2011, there were 281,788 car crashes in Illinois and 84,172 injuries resulted in those accidents. Those injuries ranged from minor bumps and bruises to permanent conditions that will plague their victims for the rest of their lives. Many of these injury victims incurred medical and surgical bills necessary to treat their injuries in addition to other financial expenses, like time missed from work.
Car accidents can result when a driver makes a mistake or an error behind the wheel. When that happens and a driver’s error leads another to become injured, that victim may be entitled to financial relief under the laws of Chicago and Illinois. Speaking with a lawyer who represents the victims of accidents may help you understand if you are entitled to relief if you have been involved in a collision and you sustained injuries.
Police in Chicago have reported a four vehicle collision took place around 12:30 pm yesterday on West Jackson Boulevard. Officials believe that a robbery suspect fleeing the scene started a collision that involved four vehicles and sent six people to area hospitals for treatment.
According to police, a robbery occurred earlier in the day near the 1700 block of West 35th Street. The victim informed police of the incident as well as a description of the vehicle driven by the suspect. The description was heard by police in the area of 200 West Jackson who identified a vehicle of interest and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver reportedly did not stop but rather tried to flee, causing a collision involving four cars, including the robbery suspect. The suspect then allegedly attempted to run away on foot but was apprehended by police officers.
In addition to the suspect driving the car, two other passengers in that vehicle were injured and were transported by emergency medical crews to area hospitals for treatment. The driver of a second car involved in the crash was also hurt as were two other people, though their roles in the collision are not clear at this time.
The laws in Chicago require all drivers involved in a car accident to remain at the scene of the crash until they are cleared by police with few exceptions for things like medical emergencies.
Failing to do so is usually a violation of the law and can lead to serious charges. In the event that a driver flees the scene, police may later identify that driver and the victims of the crash may be able to obtain relief for their damages.
Even if a fleeing driver is never identified, though, victims may be entitled to relief. If you have been involved in a car accident in Chicago, even if the other driver left the scene, call the lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us provide you with a free case consultation regarding your accident and your rights. We are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575. There is no obligation on your part for speaking with us and at Abels & Annes, P.C., we never charge our clients a fee unless we make a recovery on their behalves. If you have been injured, call us today and let us help you get the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Chicago Caused by Drunk Driver, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 4, 2014.
6 hurt in West Side crash as robbery suspect flees police, by Liam Ford, Chicago Tribune, published June 4, 2014.