A typical semi-truck hauling a trailer is up to 20 times the size of a standard passenger car, taking up additional room and posing a significant risk to cars if a collision should occur. In Illinois, statistics prove that truck accidents pose a disproportionately large threat to anyone involved who is in a much smaller vehicle: in 2011 alone, 84 percent of the people who lost their lives in collisions with trucks were in vehicles other than the truck itself.
While truck crashes continue to happen in the Chicago area, victims will continue to be injured and may even be killed, leaving behind loved ones who will never be able to recover from that loss. When a crash happens, the laws of the state are on the side of victims and are designed to help victims financially by enabling those who are hurt to seek financial compensation against an at-fault driver, company, city, or insurance company. However, victims must take the required steps to seek this relief and must do so within a time period specified by law or all rights will be lost. For these reasons, it is wise to speak with a personal injury attorney if you are involved in a Chicago truck accident and you are injured or hurt.
Details surrounding a Wednesday morning collision on the Kennedy Expressway remain unclear at this time but authorities have confirmed that one person was killed in the crash. The incident occurred on the inbound lanes of the Kennedy near the Loop at approximately 2:00 a.m. and involved a semi-truck with a trailer colliding with a car. At least two other people were injured in the incident and were taken to area hospitals for treatment where they are expected to recover.
An investigation is ongoing at the moment and it is not clear whether the victim who was killed was in the car or in the truck prior to the impact.
If a truck accident in Chicago has affected your life by leaving you injured or by claiming the life of your loved one, do not sit back and question your options. Call the experienced truck lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and let us help you sort through your avenues of relief.
We offer all victims and their loved ones a free case consultation without any obligation on their part whatsoever and we keep a licensed attorney standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you whenever you need it. At Abels & Annes, P.C., our firm only represents injured victims and we never represent insurance companies because we believe so strongly in helping those who have been wronged.
When tragedy strikes, know that the injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. are ready to fight for you and for the compensation that you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Head-On Crash near Grayslake Leaves One Dead, Several Injured, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 24, 2015.
1 killed, 2 hurt in crash on Kennedy in Hubbard’s Cave, by Quinn Ford, Chicago Tribune, published June 24, 2015.