During certain activities in life, a person can control his or her safety. By acting with care and caution, the risks for harm or injuries can be drastically reduced if not eliminated. But unfortunately, that level of control does not extend to all areas of a person’s life and one prime example of this lack of total control continues to be driving. Though the conduct of a motorist behind the wheel remains critically important, it is also true that one driver’s actions alone cannot guarantee an accident-free ride. Instead, if another driver in the area fails to act safely, even the best driver on the road can become the victim of a car accident and may be injured as a result.
It is not fair when one person is forced to suffer due to the actions of another, a thought is echoed by the legislature in the state of Illinois. When a car crash happens here, including in the Chicago area, victims who did nothing wrong but who were hurt nonetheless are protected with specific rights that enable them to get relief. A typical crash creates the right for a victim to seek monetary payment for their losses which may include things like medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and permanency of injuries. These claims can be brought against an at-fault driver, an automobile insurance company, a corporation, or even a city or state and they are separate from any traffic charges brought by local authorities. Speaking with a personal injury attorney can help victims realize their options and whether they may be entitled to relief based on the facts of their collision and their resulting harm.
Tragically, two men lost their lives in a crash on I-55 on Saturday morning and police suspect that the incident was caused by a wrong-way driver. Authorities have confirmed that the incident happened near I-355 in Bolingbrook prior to 3:00 a.m. and that a car was reportedly driving southbound in the northbound lanes of traffic. That vehicle collided head-on with a car that was northbound, causing a crash that ejected the driver of the second car.
Emergency crews responded to the scene to evaluate both drivers whose injuries were extreme. Though efforts were made, both men succumbed to their injuries and lost their lives as a result of the crash.
The incident is under investigation and officials are attempting to determine why the driver of the first car was operating against traffic, including whether any other factors played a role in the crash.
If you have been injured in a car accident or if your loved one was hurt or killed, know that the personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. are standing by 24 hours a day to help you. We offer a free case consultation without obligation to those victims who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and everything discussed during the consultation will be kept confidential.
If we help you with your case, we will advance all costs related to your claim and we will not charge you a fee unless we successfully make a recovery on your behalf. Plus, at Abels & Annes, P.C., we only represent injury victims and we never represent insurance companies so you can rest assured that we will be on your side, fighting for you from day one. If you have been hurt, call us today and let us get to work for you.
Prior Blog Entry:
Driver Injured after Car Crash in Bremen Township, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published August 6, 2015.
2 Dead After I-55 Wrong-Way Crash Near Bolingbrook, ABC7Chicago.com, published August 8, 2015.