Among all the types of car accidents that occur in Chicago every year, head-on collisions make up only a small proportion. But though they may not be as common as other forms of crashes, they are very dangerous and are responsible for a disproportionately large number of fatal accidents.
Head-on accidents can be proceeded by a number of errors or mistakes on the part of one of the driver’s involved. Often, a driver operating his or her vehicle in the wrong direction on an expressway or one-way street can cause a head-on crash. In other cases, a driver who drifts over the center line may put his or her vehicle in a path that will cause an impact with another. One of the most common places a head-on crash occurs is at an intersection where traffic moving in opposite directions can cross paths.
In some instances, a car accident is simply that: an accident where neither driver bears the blame. But in the majority of collisions, one or more individual involved acted in a negligent or reckless manner, leading to the crash and causing any injuries that result. When a collision occurs due to the fault of someone involved, those hurt in the crash may be entitled to relief. These claims can be brought in civil court and are separate and distinct from any traffic tickets or criminal charges brought by the local authorities. Speaking with a lawyer who regularly handles personal injury cases may help you understand whether you are entitled to relief if you have been hurt in an accident.
A Sunday morning accident left two drivers injured after their vehicles collided in Long Grove, according to local police. Authorities were called to the scene of an accident on Hicks Road, north of Lake Cook Road, just after 8:00 in the morning. When they arrived, officials determined that two minivans were the only vehicles involved and that they collided in a head-on crash. Both vehicles were seriously damaged and the drivers of both vehicles reported injuries.
The drivers were transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital for evaluation and treatment of their injuries. At this time, it is not clear what caused the collision or whether either driver erred prior to the impact. Authorities are continuing their investigation at this time.
If you were injured in an accident in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, you may be entitled to relief for your damages which commonly include medical and surgical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. have the necessary experience to help you understand the legal implications of your accident and whether you are entitled to relief and we are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you. We offer a free case consultation to all those who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and there is no obligation on your part for speaking with us.
After an accident, make sure you do not let yourself continue to be victimized by the actions of another. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you get the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Motorcycle Accident Leaves One Dead in Chicago, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published May 6, 2014.
2 injured in head-on crash in north suburban Long Grove, by Deanese Williams-Harris, Chicago Tribune, published May 11, 2014.