In Chicago, most drivers are behind the wheel for a reason. Whether they are driving for work, driving to work, taking kids to school, or running errands, few of the motorists on the roads are there for pleasure. When a driver operates a vehicle for work, that driver has little say in when he or she is on the roads and therefore may not be able to control the routes taken.
Dangerous drivers abound on Chicago roads and many of them pose a threat to others on the streets. Speeders, distracted drivers, and drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs are just some examples of motorists who put their own interests before the collectively safety of all others on the roads. When these drivers are near, they are more likely than others to cause car accidents and to be responsible for the outcomes of those crashes, including any injuries that result.
Victims of these accidents have rights in Chicago that may entitle them to financial compensation for their damages. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer can help you understand if you can recover for your injuries, including your medical bills and pain and suffering. In many cases, multiple claims may be possible and may enable you to get the full value of the compensation you deserve if an accident has affected your life.
Just before 3:00 a.m. on Friday, a collision occurred on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago that left at least one person injured. Officials have confirmed that two vehicles traveling in the Lakeview area collided for reasons that are not entirely clear. The force of the crash pushed one of the vehicles onto the side of the road where it collided with a marked police car that had been stopped before the crash, causing significant damage and leaving the officer inside injured. Emergency crews evaluated the officer at the scene and transported him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where his condition is not known but he is expected to make a recovery.
During their investigation, police determined that one of the drivers involved in the initial impact failed to slow down to avoid the crash and therefore officers issued a ticket to that driver as a result.
Car accidents can affect average drivers, passengers, police officers, taxi cab drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists alike. Nearly 80,000 collisions take place in Chicago every year and many of those result in injuries to the people involved.
Some crashes will leave permanent damages behind and will cause victims to deal with those damages forever while other collisions are minor and do not cause significant harm. Regardless of your accident, if you were hurt, you may be entitled to help.
The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. believe in fighting for the rights of victims and we want to help you and your family if you have been injured. Call us today toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we will provide you with a free case consultation without any obligation on your part. If you have been hurt, do not suffer in silence. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today.
Prior Blog Entry:
Red Light Camera Footage a Reminder of Danger caused by Running Lights, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published December 13, 2014.
Cop injured in 3-car crash on Lake Shore Drive, by Alexandra Chechkevitch, Chicago Tribune, published December 12, 2014.