It is just over two weeks into 2014 but there have already been a number of alcohol and drug-related accidents on the streets of Chicago as well as the surrounding suburban communities. Tragically, many of these accidents have been heavily reported because of the serious, and in some cases, fatal results of these collisions. Drivers that are impaired are much more likely to caused a collision than others and may face serious criminal charges if someone ends up hurt in the crash.
If a crash with a drunk driver leaves an innocent victim injured, that victim may be entitled to bring a claim for his or her damages, including the medical bills that must be incurred, against the at-fault driver. In some cases, multiple people may be legally responsible for a crash, including a driver, an establishment that enabled the driver to become intoxicated, or even the owner of the vehicle involved in the collision. To make sure all possible avenues of recovery are explored, speaking with an injury lawyer is the best way to learn about the legal implications of your accident.
Police have reported an accident that happened this morning that the police believe may have been caused by an impaired driver. According to officials, a 29-year-old man was speeding in the 1500 block of West Chicago Avenue around 1:25 a.m. when he struck another vehicle. The crash caused both vehicles involved to strike parked cars in the area, resulting in a four car collision that left at least seven people injured. Emergency crews responded to the scene and transported seven victims to area hospitals, including the driver, who was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
Four of the victims were described in serious to critical condition after the accident but all seven victims are expected to survive. During their investigation into the crash, authorities determined that the 29-year-old driver may have been under the influence at the time of the collision in violation of state and local laws. Reportedly, the man has been arrested and charges against him are pending at this time.
If a car accident has left you injured or has claimed the life of your loved one, do not let yourself continue to be victimized. You may be entitled to bring a civil claim for your damages against all responsible parties and you may be entitled to financial compensation.
The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. are standing by now at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 to take your call. We provide all accident victims with a completely free case consultation with no obligation on the part of the victim. We know that you may need answers at all hours of the day so we have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call. If an accident has left you with injuries, call us now and let us help you get the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Impairment a Factor in Fatal Eisenhower Crash, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published January 15, 2014.
Driver in custody after crash leaves 7 hurt, Chicago Tribune, published January 16, 2014.