Any type of car accident can produce injuries in Chicago and any type of collision can be severe. But statistics continuously show that certain types of crashes, including head-on collisions, are more likely to result in injuries to the drivers, passengers, and others involved than some other types of accidents. The reasons that head-on crashes are so prone to injuries vary but include that many of these accidents happen at a high speed. The typical head-on accident occurs when a driver crosses a center line while traveling on a road, street, or highway that is not divided, meaning that crossing a center line places vehicles traveling in opposite directions in the same path.
Any type of car accident in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois is distressing for those involved but the emotions and the fallout from the crash are often most severe when injuries occur. The victims of these collisions may not know their legal rights or whether the law provides them with any type of protection. In many cases, a victim may be entitled to seek monetary relief for his or her losses through the use of a civil claim; speaking to a personal injury lawyer who handles car accidents may help you understand your options if you have been hurt, including whether you are entitled to damages.
At approximately 7:00 a.m. yesterday, a two car collision occurred in Elgin that left one driver dead and the second in serious condition. Police believe that the two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on Highland Avenue when one vehicle, a Nissan, crossed the center line and collided with a Honda. The impact was significant and caused damage to both vehicles.
Police and emergency personnel responded to the scene and evaluated both drivers. The 20-year-old driver of the Nissan was killed in the accident but the 28-year-old driver of the Honda survived. The Honda driver was assessed and transported by ambulance to Advocate Sherman Hospital where the nature of her injuries and her current condition are not clear.
Police began their investigation while at the scene and are continuing the review of all relevant facts at this time. It remains unclear why the Nissan driver crossed the center line but officials hope to learn more as their investigation unfolds.
Car accidents cause devastation long after the dust settles because injuries can last for weeks, months, years, or even a lifetime. Many victims need medical treatment that can become expensive and can be a hardship for those who are involved in collisions.
The legal team at Abels & Annes, P.C. is dedicated to fighting for the rights of those who have been hurt through the actions of others, including the victims of car accidents, and we want to help you. 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.
In the event that your family member or loved one lost his or her life in a collision, the right to seek relief may belong to you, though no amount of money can ever provide adequate relief in these instances. The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. will take your call and help you understand the law as it applies to your case, including whether you have a valid claim.
If an accident has affected you or your family, do not continue to suffer in silence. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Walmart Blames Tracy Morgan for Crash-Related Injuries, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published September 30, 2014.
Elgin woman dies in head-on crash, Chicago Tribune, published September 30, 2014.