Car accidents happen every day in Chicago. Some are caused by speeding, others by ignoring a red light or a stop sign. Some are caused by poor weather conditions. In 2011 alone, the Illinois Department of Transportation noted over 281,000 vehicular accidents across the state. With such a large number of car accidents, chances are that most people who live in Illinois have either been involved in a recent collision or know someone who has.
When vehicles collide, there is almost always damage done to one or more of the vehicles or to anything, like a building, retaining wall, or guard rail that is struck by a car. But in addition to property damages, car accidents bring the very real possibility of causing serious injuries to those drivers and passengers involved. When a car accident in the Chicago area is caused by the negligence of one or more drivers involved and people suffer injuries in the crash, those victims may be entitled to relief for their damages. Often, seeking relief can help a victim pay for expenses caused by the crash including medical bills and time missed from work as well as enabling a victim to obtain the compensation deserved for things like pain and suffering. Speaking with a lawyer who handles car accident claims in Chicago may help you understand your legal rights if you have been hurt in a crash.
Police in Des Plaines responded to a report of a collision between a van and a car yesterday morning near the intersection of Wolf Road and Jarvis Avenue. Emergency crews also responded to the scene and noted that four people had been injured in the crash, with one person trapped inside a vehicle. Officials were able to remove the trapped victim with the help of tools to pry apart a portion of the vehicle which reportedly had been heavily damaged in the collision. All four victims were assessed and were transported to hospitals in Chicago, Arlington Heights, and Park Ridge for treatment.
At this time, police are still investigating why the two vehicles collided and whether negligence on the part of one or more drivers contributed to the collision. As their investigation continues, it is possible that tickets may be issued.
Regardless of the actions taken by local police, if a car accident occurs and you are injured, you may be entitled to relief for your damages. This type of civil claim may be available to accident victims whether or not a ticket is issued to an at-fault driver and whether or not that at-fault driver is convicted of any wrongdoing.
The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. believe that every accident victim deserves to have his or her questions answered and deserves those answers at any time of the day. That is why we have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575. We offer a free case consultation to all injury victims and there is no obligation on your part associated with the free consultation. If you have been injured, do not let yourself continue to suffer. Call us today and let us help you get the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
3 Members of Chicago-Area Family Killed in Phoenix Car Accident, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published April 2, 2014.
4 injured in Des Plaines car crash, by Jonathan Bullington, Chicago Tribune, published April 2, 2014.