Summer is a dangerous time to drive in the Chicago area. While it may seem like an ideal season to hit the roads because of optimal weather, the truth is more complicated and, as a result, there are still plenty of car accidents that happen during the summer in the city. One major factor that impacts safety is the number of tourists that visit Illinois during the summer months. Many of these people are unfamiliar with the streets, their layouts, and normal traffic patterns as they exist in Chicago. This can lead to confusion behind the wheel which may increase the odds of a collision taking place. Another significant factor that can lead to an impact is the prevalence of inexperienced teenage drivers on the road. Many young people go through driver’s education in the summer and even if they have completed their training, those teens are still less knowledgeable than others and still more likely to make mistakes when driving.
If you are involved in a car accident in Chicago, you probably will not be interested in the statistics surrounding the likelihood of your crash or the probability that you would be hit. Instead, you will probably be focused on putting the pieces together after an accident so that you can move forward from the crash. From the damage done to your vehicle to the injuries you sustained, it can be challenging to realize the full extent of harm that happens immediately after a crash and it often takes months to understand the impact that the accident caused. Working with a professional like a personal injury attorney can help remove much of the guesswork surrounding a collision and can help you realize whether you have a valid claim for compensation under Illinois laws. If you were injured, your rights may include monetary relief but only if you act in a timely manner.
Unfortunately, police in Chicago have confirmed the tragic result of a collision between two vehicles on Saturday in the Loop and the lives of two young people have been affected forever. An 18-year-old man and a 19-year-old man were driving on Lower Wacker Drive on Saturday morning when their vehicles collided for reasons that are not yet clear. One motorist was critically injured and later died as a result of the crash while the other sustained significant injuries.
The incident happened after 3:00 a.m. near North Garvey Court and prompted Chicago police officers to begin a detailed investigation into the incident, first at the scene of the crash and continuing after the wreckage was removed. There has not yet been a conclusion made as to why the two drivers collided or whether either motorist acted in a negligent manner prior to the impact.
If your life has been affected by a car accident, whether that crash happened in summer or in another season, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and your pain and suffering. If your loved one lost his or her life in a collision, the right to seek relief may pass to you, though no amount of money can ever be considered adequate in those cases.
The personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. have helped countless car accident victims and their family members seek and obtain the relief they deserved following collisions and if you have been hurt, know that we are standing by 24 hours a day to help you. We offer all injury victims a free case consultation when they call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we never charge our clients a fee unless we make a recovery on their behalf.
If you have questions, we have answers. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us get to work for you.
Prior Blog Entry:
Pitchfork Music Festival Returns to Chicago, Traffic Accidents Possible, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published July 16, 2015.
1 killed, 1 injured in Lower Wacker Drive car crash, by Alexandra Chachkevitch, Chicago Tribune, published July 18, 2015.