Truck accidents are disproportionately responsible for a large number of injuries and fatalities that occur on Chicago roads and across the nation. While trucks are involved in a small number of crashes when compared to the number of miles they travel, the accidents that result can and often do have devastating results. Victims of these crashes may be forced to suffer life-altering injuries or even permanent damages that may never lead to a full recovery.
While truck accidents cannot be erased once they occur, the victims of these collisions may be able to pursue legal relief through the use of a civil claim for damages. The right to seek this relief belongs to a victim and therefore cannot be limited by an at-fault motorists or that motorist’s insurance company. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago who has experience helping truck victims may help you understand your legal options if you have been hurt, including whether you may have a claim for compensation.
A collision occurred yesterday on the Kennedy Expressway shortly after 11:00 a.m. and led to the closing of all local inbound lanes of traffic. Authorities that responded to the scene, which was near Addison Street, determined that a semi-truck and at least one other vehicle were involved in a crash that resulted in the semi rolling over, causing an immediate closure of some lanes.
Emergency medical personnel spoke with those involved in the crash and determined that one person was injured, though it is not clear whether that person was in the semi-truck or the other vehicle involved. That victim was assessed and transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for further treatment of injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
There has been no announcement yet as to what caused the collision and whether either driver involved acted negligently or recklessly prior to impact. Officials spent several hours investigating at the scene and removing debris from the crash before all inbound lanes were reopened in the early afternoon.
A collision has an immediate impact on those involved but when injuries result, the aftermath of a crash may be worse than the accident itself. Victims may incur medical and surgical bills, may be forced to miss time from work, and may be unable to engage in normal activities, like caring for their children or loved ones due to the accident.
These conditions can last days, months, or even years and may prevent a victim for obtaining a full recovery. Regardless of the type of injuries sustained, the victims of crashes are protected by the laws in Chicago and in Illinois through the right to seek relief.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., our lawyers are dedicated to the representation of injury victims and their families. We offer a free, no obligation case consultation to all victims who contact us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575. We also offer free in-home and in-hospital consultations to those who have been injured to severely to travel to our offices but who prefer an in-person consultation. Everything discussed in the consultation will be kept confidential and we have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day to take your call.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in Chicago, do not let yourself continue to suffer. Contact Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you pursue the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Shuttle Bus Crash Near O’Hare Airport Leaves 14 Hurt, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published August 29, 2014.
I-90/94 reopened after semi rollover leads to inbound closure, by Carlos Sadovi, Chicago Tribune, published September 1, 2014.