Children and teens are the victims of many types of accidents across Chicago every year. Many of them are caused by a driver in a vehicle, including some car accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents, and these may lead to legal rights for relief possessed by that child and that child’s family.
Victims of these incidents may incur damages including medical expenses, rehabilitative and nursing care, property damage, and pain and suffering. But beyond these damages, the results of an accident can cause havoc to an entire family who must suffer due to the actions of another. In Illinois, lawmakers understand that children and their parents should not be forced to bear the financial burden caused by drivers who make mistakes and therefore the laws of the state enable victims to seek relief. This is the right held by the victims and is separate from any traffic or criminal charges that may be brought by local officials, enabling these children and teens to make a full recovery after an accident strikes. If your child or your loved one has been involved in a collision, you may want to speak with a personal injury attorney in Chicago to fully understand what options may be available to you and whether your family has a valid claim for help.
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on Monday, police were alerted to a collision in the Chinatown neighborhood of Chicago between a car and a teenage pedestrian. When officials arrived on the scene in the 2200 block of South Wentworth Avenue, they were able to determine that the pedestrian, an 18-year-old female, was in serious condition with injuries sustained in the crash. Emergency medical crews tended to the teen and transported her by ambulance to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County for further treatment where the nature and extent of her injuries remains unclear.
Police began their investigation at the scene while speaking with at least one person involved. The investigation is still ongoing and no preliminary information has been released as to the cause of the crash or whether negligence played a role.
In the majority of collisions between cars and pedestrians, at least one person errs and acts in a manner inconsistent with local or state traffic laws. Whether this person fails to yield the right-of-way, fails to stop when required, or otherwise endangers the safety of others, there can be consequences beyond the point when the collision stops.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., our firm is comprised of lawyers who are dedicated personal injury lawyers who believe in fighting for pedestrian rights. Over the years, we have helped numerous victims obtain the relief they deserve including children and teens who are involved in collisions. If your child or your family member has been hurt, we want to help you as well.
We offer a free case consultation to those who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. There is no obligation for speaking with us and we will discuss your particular accident and your options when you call.
Accidents can change a life in a moment. If your life has been affected, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us fight for the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
CTA Train Strikes, Kills Pedestrian in Chicago, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published January 5, 2015.
Teen hit by car in Chinatown, Chicago Tribune, published January 5, 2015.