The State of Illinois has laws governing the minimum amount of automobile insurance all drivers must carry to be in compliance and to be legally authorized to drive. In 2015, these minimum requirements were increased to $25,000 per person injured or killed, $50,000 per accident where injuries or death results, and $20,000 for damage to the property of another. These limits may sound like they are adequate but in reality, many car accidents in the Chicago area cause damages far in excess of these minimums. Unfortunately, victims are at the mercy of at-fault driver and their insurance policy limits in some case; limited insurance can mean a limited recovery. But often, victims can still obtain the full relief they deserve by pursing an uninsured motorist claim. Speaking with a lawyer who handles personal injury cases can help you realize what insurance may be available if you have been injured and whether you may have one or multiple claims.
When a multi-car crash happens, victims in one vehicle may have no idea the type of insurance or the availability of coverage maintained by another driver. When a single car crash occurs, a victim riding in that vehicle may or may not know of insurance. Regardless of a victim’s knowledge before an accident, that victim may be entitled to seek and pursue a claim for his or her damages and against an at-fault driver or owner so that the victim can get financial relief to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering as well as other injuries or losses that are due to the collision.
Chicago police have confirmed that a single car accident happened on the South Side in the Pullman neighborhood on Saturday, injuring two people inside the vehicle. The incident happened in the 500 block of 115th Street shortly before 4:00 a.m. and reportedly began when a driver lost control of the vehicle, left the road’s driving surface, and collided with a light pole near the shoulder. An adult man and an adult woman were in the vehicle and both were harmed though the nature and extent of their injuries is not clear at this time. Emergency crews transported both victims to a nearby hospital for additional help.
Police have not confirmed a suspected cause of the car accident but they have confirmed that an investigation into the matter is ongoing at this time.
Being involved in a car collision is a distressing event in anyone’s life and can lead a victim to question whether he or she is entitled to relief. To take the guesswork out of these tragedies, the personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take the calls of anyone who has been hurt and to provide them with a free case consultation. We do not charge for the consultation and we do not require any commitment on the part of those calling us. If you call, we will discuss your particular crash while keeping everything discussed confidential.
If an accident has affected your life or if you have questions about your injuries, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Two People Injured when Car Slams Home in Libertyville, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published April 3, 2015.
Two critically injured in Pullman crash, by Quinn Ford, Chicago Tribune, published April 4, 2015.