Many of those who live in Chicago choose to get around by means other than a personal car, truck or van. Some citizens do not own a vehicle while others choose to use public transportation when possible and use a personal car as an option when public transit does not suit their needs. Though not everyone may own or even ride in a car often, most people in Chicago still are at risk for a traffic-related accident on occasion, including a car accident.
Whether you occasionally drive, catch a ride with a friend, or take a taxi cab to your chosen destination, odds are that you may travel by car at some point. Still other people may never or rarely travel in a vehicle but may use the roads to bicycle, ride a motorcycle, or even walk on the adjacent sidewalks. These people may be at risk for a collision if a driver in the area acts in a negligent or reckless manner.
Of those involved in accidents, most do not realize the legal implications of a crash, including whether they have the right to seek financial relief due to injuries that were sustained. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer who practices in Chicago may help you understand your options if your have been hurt, including whether you may be able to recover for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In the tragic event that a victim loses his or her life in a collision, the right to seek a recovery may pass to that victim’s surviving family members, though no amount of compensation will ever properly cover the damages incurred by the loss of a loved one.
Police have confirmed that seven people, including five children, were injured this morning when a minivan and a car collided near Matteson. The incident took place shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Interstate 57 near route 30 and officials believe that both vehicles were traveling southbound prior to impact. Police are still trying to determine the cause of the accident and whether either driver acted in a negligent manner, causing the impact to occur.
A woman and her five children were in the van and only a driver was in the car, according to officials. The woman was ejected from the van and suffered critical injuries, requiring emergency transportation to an area hospital where her current state is unclear. Her five children reportedly were all injured in the accident but all were believed to be in stable condition. The driver of the car, identified only as a 22-year-old, also sustained critical injuries and required hospitalization.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Chicago, you may have a claim for your injuries against the at-fault driver, the owner of an at-fault car, or even your own insurance company, depending on the facts surrounding your personal accident and the injuries you sustained.
The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. are standing by 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to take your call toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 to take your call and help you understand your legal options. We offer a free case consultation to all those that call us and we provide it without any obligation on your part. Everything discussed during the consultation will be kept confidential and if we represent you, we will never charge you a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf.
If you have been hurt in a car accident, do not allow yourself to continue to suffer due to the actions of another. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you obtain the recovery you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Chicago Car Crash Leaves 2 Children Injured, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published August 11, 2014.
Mom, 5 kids hurt in I-57 crash near Matteson, Chicago Tribune and WGN-TV, published August 12, 2014.