Any vehicle can roll over in a collision which can cause its passengers to sustain injuries. Yet some types of vehicles are more likely than others to roll, placing those drivers at a greater risk for harm. The 1990s saw the rise of the sport utility vehicle and, with it, the rise of rollover crashes among SUVs. Cars, trucks, and vans can roll over at any time but the distribution of weight is a major contributing factor. Those with a higher center of gravity and/or those with a top-heavy weight distribution are more likely to roll when struck or hit.
Rollover collisions in Chicago can occur when one or more vehicles are involved in a collision. Damage to a vehicle nearly always occurs when a car rolls and often, damage takes place on the sides or even the roof of a vehicle. When compared to a front end collision or a rear end crash, there are fewer safety features to protect victims of a rollover, leading to potentially serious injuries.
When an accident occurs in Chicago or across Illinois, the victims of those incidents may be entitled to seek financial compensation against a responsible driver or another at-fault party. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your legal rights if you have been hurt or if your loved one has been injured in an accident, regardless of whether you were in the same car as an at-fault driver or in a separate vehicle. Further, it is possible to have a claim even if the responsible driver fled the scene or did not have auto insurance as required by law.
Shortly after 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, a one car accident occurred near the area of Erie Street and Halsted in Chicago. Officials who responded to the scene have confirmed that a car traveling in the area crashed into a barrier and ran over it, then struck a pole while rolling over. Eventually the vehicle landed off the road near a wall separating traffic from a train yard.
At least five people were inside the vehicle at the time of the crash, including four passengers. Allegedly, the driver of the vehicle was able to escape and fled the scene on foot. Police are looking for information on the driver’s identity and are asking anyone with knowledge to come forward. The four passengers were all seriously injured and needed medical help, including two who were in critical condition. The types of injuries have not been sustained and officials have not released a cause of the collision, though the investigation is ongoing at this time.
Rollover accidents can result in injuries that last a lifetime and can lead to victims incurring substantial medical bills. At Abels & Annes, P.C., our legal team believes in fighting for the rights of those who have been hurt and we are ready to fight for you if you have been injured.
We offer a free case consultation to all those who contact us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we provide it without any obligation on your part. At Abels & Annes, P.C., we have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week because we understand that you may need answers outside of normal business hours. We will also keep everything discussed completely confidential.
If you have been involved in an accident, do not let yourself continue to suffer in silence. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek a recovery you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Driver Critical after Crash with Garbage Truck, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published September 12, 2014.
Four injured, driver flees River West car crash, by Peter Nickeas, Chicago Tribune, published September 13, 2014.