Many drivers do not realize how common one car collisions are and instead think only of multiple car crashes when thinking of auto accidents. Yet in Illinois, single vehicle collisions occur daily, some of them resulting in injuries.
Single vehicle crashes can result from any number of factors but most commonly are caused by a distracted driver, intoxicated motorist, poor road design, or inclement weather. Speed is often a factor that is combined with another condition and leads to a single vehicle crash, like when a driver is taking a tight turn too quickly, loses control, and leaves the surface of the road.
Failing to maintain proper control of a vehicle can be a violation of state law and can subject a driver to civil penalties and/or fines. But perhaps more significant, failing to properly control your car can lead to a passenger, a pedestrian, or a bicyclist becoming injured and can cause the responsible driver to be legally liable for the damages that result, including medical bills and lost wages faced by a victim.
Chicago car accident lawyers understand that the injuries sustained in an accident can be minor, serious, or even fatal depending on the facts of the particular crash, with some accidents changing a victim’s life forever.
An accident occurred yesterday that did just that when a 32-year-old Aurora man lost his life and a 33-year-old Aurora man was critically injured in a one vehicle crash. Authorities are still investigation but it appears that the 32-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle and left South River Street in Batavia, crashing into a tree and throwing both men from the car.
The men were transported to Presence Mercy Medical Center but the driver died from his injures. At this time, the passenger is expected to survive. It is not yet clear why the driver lost control of the vehicle or whether something happened that caused the collision.
Following a collision, Illinois law allows a victim or a victim’s surviving family members the potential to bring a claim for their monetary damages that occurred as a result of the crash, depending on who or what was responsible for the accident. A driver as well as his or her passengers and any others injured in an accident may have a right to a financial recovery.
If you have been a victim of an auto crash, call an accident lawyer at Abels & Annes, P.C. today for a free telephone consultation. We also offer free in-home and in-hospital consultations for those client who want to meet with us in person but are too injured to travel to our offices. At Abels & Annes, P.C., we never charge a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf, and there is no obligation associated with our free consultation. Call us today locally at (312) 924-7575 or toll free at (855) 529-2442 and let us help you understand your legal rights.
Prior Blog Entries:
Former Bears Quarterback Faces 6th DUI Arrest, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published October 14, 2013.
South Side Chicago Crash Leaves 1 Dead, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published October 8, 2013.
Crash in Batavia kills one, injures second, by Stephanie K. Baer, Chicago Tribune, published October 16, 2013.