Car accidents in the Chicago area can be complex and can lead to numerous legal actions, some against an at-fault driver in the form of a traffic ticket or a civil charge, and some brought by victims for their own damages in a civil action. Often, the intricacies of these cases can be difficult for average citizens to sort through because of the interrelated nature of the laws and the convoluted outcomes that are possible.
Many victims who are involved in car accidents realize that they may be entitled to seek relief if they have been hurt in a crash. But fewer people realize that this relief is still possible if an at-fault driver flees the scene or causes a hit-and-run accident. Whether a hit-and-run driver is later apprehended or even identified, Illinois laws may enable those hurt by the fleeing driver to obtain financial compensation though an auto insurance policy. If you have been involved in a crash and you would like to learn about your rights, you should consider speaking with a Chicago personal injury lawyer to determine your options and whether compensation is possible.
A collision occurred on the Dan Ryan Expressway this morning at approximately 3:30 a.m. and involved four separate vehicles, including a semi-truck, according to local officials. The crash took place in the northbound lanes in the proximity of 47th Street and left two people in need of medical treatment.
The victims were assessed and transported to area hospitals for injuries that have not yet been disclosed and their current conditions remain unknown. Police are still investigating this incident and trying to determine what caused the impact, including whether anyone acted negligently or recklessly in their conduct. Based upon this determination, traffic tickets may be issued.
Officials have also confirmed that one of the four vehicles involved in the crash left the scene on the Dan Ryan without speaking to police or being cleared by other authorities. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to speak with local officials or officers.
A car accident can happen to any driver in Chicago at any time and even the safest driver is not exempt from this risk. While collisions are always distressing, the effects can seem worse when a driver flees the scene without stopping to see if any victims need help. The law treats these drivers more severely than those who remain at the scene, but criminal offenses are not the only problems that may face an at-fault motorist.
If you have been hurt or if your loved one has been injured or killed, the personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. want you to know that you may be entitled to compensation for your damages, even if your collision involved a hit-and-run driver. To help you understand your crash, we offer a free case consultation to all victims who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we provide it 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., there is no obligation on your part for speaking with us and everything discussed in the consultation will be kept confidential. We never charge our clients a fee unless we make a recovery in their cases and we fight for the best possible outcome in every case. If you have been hurt, we want to help you as well.
Do not let an accident continue to cause you and your family harm. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us fight for the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Minivan Crash Injures 7 in Chicago, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published November 21, 2014.
2 injured in hit-and-run crash on Dan Ryan, by Chicago Tribune, published November 24, 2014.