Drivers are at risk for an accident every time they get in their car and begin driving. Most of those threats come from other motorists, defects in the road, or fixed objects like light poles. But debris in the road also poses a threat to safety and is responsible for numerous collisions every year.
Chicago car accidents cause thousands of injuries every year. Cook County is home to more car accidents than any other county in the state due in part to the large population and the large number of motorists on the streets every day. In 2011 alone, more than 280,000 traffic accidents caused more than 84,000 injuries and over 900 deaths. That averaged to more than two fatalities a day.
Those who are injured in car collisions in Illinois are not without help. They are often entitled to seek relief for their damages including monetary compensation to cover financial losses. This can help victims pay for their needed medical treatment and surgical expenses as well as provide compensation for lost wages. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a crash.
Officials in Illinois have confirmed an unusual accident that left one driver dead on on Wednesday morning. Though it is early in their investigation, officials believe that a driver in a Chevrolet Blazer was traveling southbound on the I-94 near 130th Street when a tire came off from the vehicle. The tire reportedly crossed into the northbound lanes and struck the windshield of a vehicle, causing a serious collision that left the driver critically injured. Emergency medical crews tended to the victim and transported her to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn but her injuries were too severe and she was pronounced dead shortly before 7:00 a.m.
Officials closed portions of I-94 in the area as they investigated at the scene and removed debris from the collision. The driver of the Blazer reportedly was not injured in the incident but was cited by police for driving with unsafe tires, driving without insurance, and driving without a valid vehicle registration. As the investigation continues, more charges may be brought.
It is the duty of every driver on the road to operate a vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner for themselves and for others on the road. Failing to driver safely may be negligent or reckless and may hold an at-fault driver liable for any injuries that result in a crash.
The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. believe that victims of these accidents deserve to understand their legal rights and their legal options without any obligation, so we provide a free case consultation toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575. We have a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day to take your call and everything discussed will be kept confidential.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Chicago or if your loved one has been killed, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Chicago Car Crash Leaves 1 Driver Dead, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published July 23, 2014.
NW Ind. woman killed in Bishop Ford crash, My Fox Chicago/Sun-Times Media Wire, published July 24, 2014.