Semi-trucks and big rigs pose a unique threat to those who drive in the Chicago area. Though semis make up only 4.3 percent of all registered vehicles in the nation, they are involved in 10 percent of all fatal crashes. The large size and often heavy weight of a semi-truck means that a smaller car is likely to sustain substantial damage in the event the two collide, and with damage to a vehicle comes a very real possibility of injuries or even death to those involved.
With injuries comes a number of issues experienced by the majority of truck accident victims in the Chicago area including medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. These effects can harm not only the individual involved in the collision but also that individual’s family members, loved ones, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Fortunately victims may not be forced to suffer these financial tolls if they choose to exercise the right to seek relief against an at-fault driver and/or an insurance company for the harm they suffered. Working with a personal injury attorney can help victims realize if they have a valid civil claim, and if so, whether they can obtain payment for their damages in a court of law.
Authorities are still sorting through the facts of a truck accident that happened on Wednesday and that left three people injured. The crash happened just prior to 6:00 a.m. on I-94 in Deerfield and it involved two cars and a semi-truck. It is not yet clear what led to the collision but officials have confirmed that the impact caused the semi to roll over and to come to a rest on top of one of the cars, trapping the vehicle between the truck’s cab and trailer.
All three drivers were injured in the accident and were taken to area hospitals for treatment of undisclosed injuries. Their current conditions remain unclear at this time but it was not believed that anyone was facing life-threatening injuries.
An investigation into the collision is ongoing at this time and the result may determine whether any traffic tickets or charges will be brought against those involved in the crash.
If you have been injured in a truck crash in the Chicago area or if your loved one was injured or killed, make sure you understand your legal options and whether you have a valid claim for your injuries. If you have questions, know that the personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call and to help you work through your options.
We offer a free case consultation without obligation to victims who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and everything discussed will be kept confidential. If we represent you in your case, we will not charge you a fee unless we are successful on your behalf and we will fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
When tragedy strikes, make sure you and your family are protected. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us get to work for you.
Prior Blog Entry:
Driver Sought after Hit-and-Run Crash in Aurora, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published August 11, 2015.
Semi Crushes Car On SB Tri-State Tollway Near Half Day Road, ABC7Chicago.com, published August 12, 2015.