Car accidents in Chicago are responsible for thousands of injuries every year. Those inside the car as well as others in the area, like bicyclists and pedestrians, are at risk when a collision occurs. Any driver can be involved in an accident even if that driver is cautious behind the wheel because unlike some other aspects of life, the safety of those on the road depends on the actions of every single driver in the area.
Yet some types of drivers are more likely to be involved in a collision than others. Drivers with less experience, including teens, may not have the necessary skills to avoid a collision when an incident presents itself. Teen car accidents impact the entire state due to the physical toll and financial expenses that result from these collisions. Not only that, but in 2012 alone, 71 teenagers were killed in car accidents in Illinois and teen drivers were involved in more than four percent of all fatal accidents in the state.
Teenagers should not have to worry about things like car accident but unfortunately in Chicago, the reality of these crashes means that it must be of concern to teenagers and parents alike. Though nothing can undue a collision once it has occurred, the victims of these crashes may be entitled to seek legal relief for their injuries, including payment for any and all medical expenses incurred. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago may help you understand your legal options if you or if your teenage son or daughter have been involved in a crash.
Police in Chicago were called to the scene of a crash in the Loop last night, shortly after 8:00 p.m. The crash occurred in the 200 block of South Lower Wacker Drive and involved two vehicles, a Chevrolet Equinox and a Mercedes. Officials believe that a 16-year-old male was behind the wheel of the Equinox when the Equinox made an illegal turn in the area, putting the vehicle in the path of the Mercedes, which was traveling southbound. The two vehicles collided and one rolled over the crash.
Emergency medical crews responded to the scene and transported the driver and four passengers in the Equinox to area hospitals for treatment. Three of the occupants were teenagers and the fourth was 20-years-old, according to police. All suffered serious injuries but are expected to survive. The other driver, a 61-year-old male, reportedly was uninjured in the accident.
Car accidents that are caused by a mistake, negligence, or recklessness on the part of one or more individuals involved can lead to criminal or traffic charges against a driver. Additionally, an at-fault driver may be held civilly liable for the injuries that result from that crash and the pain and suffering endured by the victims. The right to seek a recovery in these incidents belongs to each and every victim and it exists regardless of whether a traffic citation was issued.
The legal team at Abels & Annes, P.C. focuses on the representation of those who have been harmed at the hands of others. We offer a free case consultation to all victims who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we provide it without any obligation on your part. At Abels & Annes, P.C., you will speak with a licensed lawyer when you call and we will keep everything discussed confidential. If you prefer to meet with us in person but you are too injured to travel to our offices, we also offer free in-home and in-hospital consultations.
If you have been hurt in a car accident in Chicago or if your loved one has been injured or killed, call us today and let us help you seek a recovery you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Young Boy Killed in Illinois Fire, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published July 25, 2014.
4 injured, including 4 teens, in Loop crash, by Carlos Sadovi and Adam Sege, Chicago Tribune, published July 28, 2014.