At a minimum, a car accident in the Chicago area or anywhere across the country involved at least one person – a driver of a vehicle involved. But in many cases, the number of people involved is much higher and may include multiple drivers, multiple passengers, and others in the area. A larger number of individuals involved in a collision means a greater probability that at least one person will be injured in that crash. This means that collisions involving multiple vehicle, high occupancy private cars, or even buses and other forms of mass transit are at a high risk for leaving injured victims in their wake.
In many cases, someone other than the driver of a car is hurt when a collision happens and that can leave victims wondering what options may be available to them. Do the laws in Chicago provide them with any protections? Do they have the legal right to seek relief, and if so, must they do so on their own? When a collision happens and leaves you with questions, speaking with a personal injury attorney can help you realize the type of relief that may be available to you and your family. Following a typical crash, victims can institute a civil claim for damages against those at-fault in the accident and can seek financial compensation for their losses including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. These options are available to victims who are hurt in the State of Illinois, including the greater Chicago area.
Illinois State Police were alerted to a collision between two vehicles overnight on Friday and they responded to the scene. Located on I-290 near Biesterfield Road in suburban Elk Grove, the area of the crash was temporarily obstructing traffic in the area, causing some motorists to be diverted from the area around the scene. Police officers have confirmed that two separate vehicles were involved in the incident and that the vehicles collided but police have not yet disclosed a suspected cause of the crash. However, multiple people were inside the vehicles at the time of the accident and seven of those people were injured, requiring them to be transported to area hospitals for medical treatment.
No descriptions of the injuries involved were released and police have not confirmed whether either of the drivers involved will be cited in this incident.
Car accidents happen every day in Chicago and as long as humans are behind the wheels of vehicles, they will continue to occur. This should be alarming to motorists in the area because it means that even the safest, most cautious driver can be injured in a crash if another person nearby acts in a negligent or a reckless manner. For that reason, it is important that all drivers and passengers know of their guaranteed legal rights in case they ever become victims.
The personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. believe that those who are hurt by the actions of others should not have to continue suffering long after the crash ends. Our legal team is dedicated to fighting for victims’ rights and if you have been hurt, we want to fight for you as well. We offer a free case consultation without obligation to all those who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we keep a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call.
If you have been hurt or if your loved one has been injured do not wonder about the options for help that may be available to you. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and learn about your options without any cost or any obligation on your part.
Prior Blog Entry:
School Bus Accident in Kendall County Injures 3 Children, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published March 20, 2015.
Seven injured in I-290 Crash in Elk Grove, NBCChicago.com, published March 21, 2015.