Car accidents are an unfortunate part of life if you live in or drive near Chicago. While most motorists will be involved in few, if any, collisions in their lifetimes, each one is devastating and each crash a driver notices is a reminder of how dangerous it can be to drive. Some of these collisions not only cause distress but also leave drivers and passengers in need of medical treatment and in need of help that can continue long after the crash ends. Victims may take weeks, months, or even years to recover and in the worst cases, a victim may suffer forever or may lose his or her life in an accident.
Elderly drivers often are a target of complaints among other motorists on the roads because sterotypically these drivers may lack certain skills or actions that others possess. In reality, the skill set among older American motorists varies from person to person like it does with drivers of any age. While some may suffer from decreasing eyesight, others are as sharp as those decades younger than them. Car accidents involving elderly drivers can be the fault of the older motorist or they can be part of another driver involved; regardless, elderly Americans are more likely to suffer injuries when a crash occurs and in many cases, the injuries they sustain are more severe.
Victims of these accidents may realize that officials investigating the crash are there to help the State of Illinois and not to enforce the rights of a specific victim. Instead, if a victim is injured and wants to seek relief, it is up to the victim to bring a claim for damages against those responsible, whether they are the drivers, owners of cars, companies, or municipalities involved. Often, claims are complicated and it can be impossible for a typical driver to understand all available options for help, so speaking with a personal injury lawyer may enable you to grasp your options and the possibility of your claim.
While many people in the greater Chicago area were celebrating the holiday season last night, the evening turned tragic for several people in Northbrook as two cars collided near the intersection of Sanders and North Mission Hills at approximately 7:00 p.m. Police have not yet released specifics on the nature of the accident but they have confirmed that a 91-year-old woman died as a result of the incident. A 93-year-old man was also killed and was believed to be a passenger in the vehicle driven by the elderly woman. Three other people were injured and left in critical condition but it is not clear whether they were all in the same car or spread between the two cars involved. Emergency crews transported all victims to area hospitals for treatment where their current conditions are not known.
Car accidents can affect anyone in Chicago and can leave even the best driver injured or in need of help. When this happens, the personal injury attorney at Abels & Annes, P.C. want you to know that you are not alone and that you are entitled to have help on your side.
We believe that all victims deserve to have an attorney they trust representing them so we offer a free case consultation to those who contact us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575. We understand that injuries happen around the clock so we keep a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call and help you, whenever you need it.
If a collision has affected your life or has claimed the life of your loved one, do not wait. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us fight for the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Illinois Car Accidents Increasing, Fatalities Decreasing, According to Report, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published December 24, 2014.
Woman dead, 4 hurt after Christmas Day crash in Northbrook, by Alexandra Chachkevitch, Chicago Tribune, published December 26, 2014.