Car accidents can occur at any speed and on any type of road, but due to the mechanics of how a car functions, the faster the vehicle is traveling, the greater the force that will be involved in a crash. When a car accident happens on an expressway or an interstate where one or more cars involved is traveling at full speed, the results are often serious and injuries may result. With its share of high-speed roads, Chicago endures numerous expressway accidents every year and unfortunately, some of the drivers involved in those accidents lose their lives due to the injuries they sustain.
When a crash is caused by the negligence of one or more drivers, those who are injured in an accident may be entitled to relief for their damages. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer can help you understand what legal options may be available to you and whether you have a valid claim for your losses. Often, a claim for injuries can allow an accident victim adequate compensation to get the medical treatment he or she needs as well as covering any wages the victim missed while unable to work. Other damages, like pain and suffering and permanency of injuries, can also be recovered after a crash.
At this time, authorities believe that a crash early this morning may have been caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The crash occurred on the portion of I-90 commonly referred to as the Skyway near 76th Street and involved a passenger vehicle and a semi truck. Police have reported that a female driver was traveling northbound on I-90 in the southbound lanes when she caused a collision with a semi truck on the expressway. The woman was seriously hurt in the accident and was transported by local authorities to an area hospital for examination and treatment. She has since been charged with driving under the influence and may face other charges as the investigation into the crash continues.
The driver of the semi truck was also injured in the accident and was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital for treatment. In the collision, the semi suffered damage that led to a fuel spill on the Skyway and required a hazardous material cleanup response, leading to temporary lane closures in the area.
If you have been injured in a crash with a drunk driver or if your loved one has been killed in an accident, make sure you have someone on your side, fighting for your rights. At Abels & Annes, P.C., we believe that all victims deserve to recover for their damages and we offer a free consultation to all those who have been hurt by others.
If an accident has left you injured or otherwise damaged, call us today at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and let us provide you with a free consultation without any obligation on your part. We are available 24 hours a day and everything discussed will remain confidential.
Prior Blog Entry:
Dozens of Chicago Car Accidents Blamed on Winter Storm, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published March 12, 2014.
Wrong-way driver crash closes Skyway, Chicago Tribune, published March 13, 2014.