Traffic laws vary between states and each city or municipality may have additional codes that cover the behavior of motorists behind the wheel. The basic elements of driving remain consistent throughout the country, though, and that is one of the reasons that drivers who are legally licensed to drive in one state are permitted to drive in all others. Among these laws, universality exists in the design of stop signs, the requirements of following speed limits, and the usage of traffic control devices like stop lights, to name a few.
If a driver does not obey the rules applicable to vehicular transit, that driver may face traffic citations or criminal charges for his or her actions. If a collision results and one or more individuals are injured, the pending charges may become more severe and may include punishments ranging from fines and fees to loss of a driver’s license to incarceration in jail or prison.
Failure to yield car accidents are a common threat to public safety in the Chicago area and they cause numerous injuries every year. These occur when one motorist or driver fails to yield the right-of-way to another vehicle, a bicycle, motorcycle, pedestrian, or other in the area of a street or an intersection. Failing to yield means that multiple vehicles may occupy the same space at the same time, leading to a collision. Though these instances cannot be erased once they occur, the victims of car accidents may be entitled to seek relief for their losses when an accident takes place in the Chicago area. Recoveries may be available to provide compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses that result from an accident and often can be available regardless of whether an at-fault driver was cited in the collision.
Police in Naperville have confirmed a Friday morning collision between two vehicles in the area of 75th Street and Book Road. Officials believe that a 45-year-old doctor was traveling eastbound on 75th Street when a vehicle turning south onto Book Avenue failed to yield and collided with the doctor, causing an impact. Due to the crash, the doctor was trapped in his vehicle until emergency crews were able to remove him and transport him to an area hospital. Though he obtained necessary medical care, his injuries were too severe and the doctor died as a result of the crash.
The driver in the turning vehicle was interviewed by police at the scene and has been cited for failing to yield the right-of-way as well as driving without a valid license or insurance. It is not clear whether that driver, a 30-year-old woman, was injured in the collision or whether she required medical assistance.
When a collision occurs, the results can extend beyond the bounds of the impact and affect the remainder of the life of a victim or that victim’s family members. Injuries may take weeks to years to heal or may never fully recover, depending on a crash. As each car accident in Chicago varies, it is a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer if you have been hurt to learn about your options for relief.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., our legal team is comprised solely of injury lawyers who fight for the rights of those who have been hurt by the actions of others, and if you have been involved in a crash, we want to help you. We offer a free case consultation without any obligation on your part and we provide it 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575.
If a car accident has left you hurt or has affected your life, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Pedestrian Killed in Chicago Car Crash, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published October 17, 2014.
Prior Blog Entry:
Doctor killed in Naperville crash, by Melissa Jenco, Chicago Tribune, published October 20, 2014.