In the minds of many who live outside of Illinois, Joliet gets overshadowed by its larger neighbor, Chicago. But with more than 140,000 residents and as the county seat of Will County, Joliet is a significant presence in Illinois and it should be treated as such.
Joliet boast many appealing sites from its miles of bicycle trails to the Chicagoland Speedway, home to NASCAR races. It can be a wonderful place to live or to visit and tens of thousands take advantage of trips to Joliet every year. But like any other town or city in Illinois, Joliet can still be home to dangerous conditions to those who drive in the area and car accidents in town are far too common. These accidents affect not only the victims who are immediately injured in accidents but also their family members, loved ones, coworkers, and friends and the suffering caused can range in time from weeks to years or even a lifetime. To protect victims, state laws in Illinois enable those who are hurt to seek and obtain financial compensation for their injuries against those who bear legal responsibility for a crash. In some cases, it can be an at-fault driver. In others, it may be a corporation or a municipality. Often, it is an insurance company that may be forced to pay for the harm that results.
Unfortunately a car crash happened on I-80 in Joliet on Monday and it claimed the life of a 31-year-old man. Police who responded confirmed the incident which occurred near the Briggs Street exit in the afternoon hours. The details about the collision are still emerging and it is not clear at this time whether anyone else was harmed as a result. It is also unclear whether the victim was the driver or a passenger in a vehicle prior to the collision.
While authorities sort through the facts, an investigation continues into the incident and into the factors that led to the impact.
Traffic was diverted temporarily from the area but all lanes were reopened prior to 8:00 p.m. Monday.
No amount of financial compensation can ever be considered adequate when someone is killed in a car accident, but payment can ease some of the financial hardship on those who are left behind. If your loved one was killed in an accident or if you were injured, make sure you understand what options exist for you and whether you have a valid claim. Doing so in a timely manner can protect your rights and ensure that an at-fault driver will be held accountable.
The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. work for victims’ rights every day and if you have been hurt, we want to work for you. We offer a free case consultation without any obligation when you call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we have a lawyer standing by at all times of the day and night. If you prefer, you can contact us online and one of our lawyers will follow up with you to discuss your case.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we believe in helping those who have been hurt. Call us now and let us get to work for you.
Prior Blog Entry:
Rollover Car Accident Kills 2 Teens, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published July 6, 2015.
Man, 31, killed in I-80 crash in Joliet, by Denease Williams-Harris, Chicago Tribune, published July 7, 2015.