The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 32,719 people were killed in traffic accidents in the United States in 2013 alone. By far, the greatest toll we pay as a society in car crashes is the loss of life and the injuries sustained to the victims involved but many people fail to realize that, though these are the greatest costs, they are not the only harm done.
Additionally, car accidents were estimated to cost this nation almost $1 trillion in lost productivity in the workforce and at home combined with the loss of life experienced due to collisions. Additional damages can be experienced in the form of damage done to vehicles and other inanimate objects, scarring and permanency of injuries, and loss of a normal life or the ability to engage in activities to the same extent as a victim did before an accident. Some damages are easy to quantify but others are difficult or impossible; for these reasons, it may be wise to consult with a personal injury attorney if you have been hurt in Chicago and you have questions about your rights to relief or the value of your case.
Shortly before 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday night, a serious car accident occurred in downtown Chicago sending four people to hospitals. Police that responded have reported that a sedan traveling behind a Jeep near the 200 block of East Roosevelt Road attempted to pass the Jeep on the right but did not do so cleanly, instead colliding with a curb and causing the driver of the sedan to lose control. The sedan struck the Jeep and also struck a concrete planter that was near the road which caused the sedan to roll over before it came to a rest. The impact of the crash caused the sedan to catch fire and caused significant damage to the vehicle, preventing the driver from escaping under his own power. He was helped to safety by passersby and a male passenger in the sedan was able to remove himself from the vehicle without assistance. The driver of the Jeep and a female passenger were also injured in this incident and all four victims were taken to hospitals in Chicago for treatment.
At this time, the driver of the sedan has been issued multiple citations for his role in the crash but additional charges may result pending the outcome of a police investigation into the incident.
Life is full of perils and dangers at every turn, but in some regards, car accidents are unique. No matter how safe you drive or how careful you are, you may still become the victim of an auto accident if another motorist near you displays negligent behaviors.
When an accident happens and victims are injured, Illinois laws act to provide certain rights and protections to the victims so that they can seek and obtain the financial compensation they deserve. From payment for medical bills to lost wages and pain and suffering, these claims often have multiple aspects and can be difficult to pursue.
The personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. want to remove the guesswork from accidents by providing all victims with a free case consultation without obligation. Because we understand that collisions can happen around-the-clock, we have a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and when you take advantage of a free consultation, everything discussed will be kept confidential.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we believe that victims deserve to be heard and that they deserve to have their rights protected. If you have been hurt, let us help you today so that you can get the compensation you need and that you deserve for your accident.
Prior Blog Entry:
Amtrak Train Derails, Kills 7, Injures More than 200, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published May 13, 2015.
Onlookers pull driver from fiery crash in Loop, by Quinn Ford, Chicago Tribune, published May 14, 2015.