Teenagers learning to drive across the nation are instructed in defensive driving techniques, or a set of skills that will help motorists avoid a crash due to actions beyond their control. An inattentive driver, an early collision, or a motorist traveling too fast for conditions are some of the reasons that defensive driving is important in the Chicago area. While defensive driving is beneficial, it is not fool proof and even a motorist who attempts evasive actions may still be involved in a crash.
Car accidents occur in every city and every town in Illinois and involve hundreds of thousands of people ever year. In addition, the family and friends of those involved in a crash may be affected and may suffer when a collision occurs. The financial and emotional toll of car accidents is believed to amount to billions of dollars annually and to affect things from child care to work productivity to demand on medical facilities. Often, those who sustain injuries in these collisions are not the at-fault drivers but rather are innocent victims who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. While victims may not be able to eliminate their losses overnight, they may be entitled to seek financial compensation for their damages, including any medical bills incurred. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a crash or if your loved one has been injured.
According to police in suburban Warrenville, a three-car collision began on Monday when one vehicle ran a red light at the intersection of Buttersfield and Batavia. The incident took place shortly after 2:00 p.m. and sent at least two people to the hospital.
At this time, officials believe that a westbound vehicle on Buttersfield Road ran a red light and collided with a vehicle traveling on Batavia. The resulting impact pushed the second vehicle into a third that was stopped for the light at the intersection, seriously injuring the drivers of the second and third car. Investigators responded to the scene and evaluated the damage and the victims, who were transported to area hospitals with unknown injuries. Police stayed on the scene for several hours as they began their review of the collision and later had the vehicles removed from the scene. Charges are pending against the driver believed to have run the red light but authorities have not disclosed the type of charges or whether any other factors led to the crash.
When an accident occurs, a victim should be able to focus on the things that really matter, like getting the help needed to return to a pre-accident state of health. This may mean obtaining medical or surgical care, receiving physical or occupational therapy, or other treatments that can help a victim recover.
Victims should not have to worry about how they will pay their medical bills or whether their rights will be respected by an at-fault driver or an insurance company. At Abels & Annes, P.C., we believe in the rights of victims and we fight for those rights every day.
If you have been involved in a car accident or if your loved one was injured or killed, call us today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve. We offer a free case consultation to those who contact us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we provide it 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no obligation on your part for speaking with us and everything discussed will be kept confidential.
If an accident has altered your life, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us fight for you.
Prior Blog Entry:
Pedestrian Safety during Halloween Trick-or-Treat, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published October 22, 2014.
Two injured in Warrenville car crash, by Dawn Rhodes, Chicago Tribune, published October 21, 2014.