Drivers in the Chicago area often must use the expressways that surround the city as they travel from one place to another. With Chicago’s position situated on Lake Michigan, almost all travel outside of the city itself mirrors the paths of a spider web, connecting the north and south with the west and with all routes terminating at the city itself. So much traffic uses these expressways that it is common to describe not the cardinal direction of travel but rather whether traffic is inbound or outbound with regard to Chicago.
With the heavy use of expressways and interstates unfortunately comes a very real risk of car and truck accidents happening and many of those will result in injuries to the people involved. The dynamics surrounding an impact may determine whether a driver, passenger, or pedestrian is harmed and if so, the extent and nature of the injuries that result; but contrary to popular belief, injuries can happen in any accident, even those that do little damage to a vehicle or that may happen at slower speeds. If you have been involved in a crash or if your loved one was harmed, you may get the information you need by consulting with a personal injury lawyer in the Chicago area.
During Tuesday evening’s commute, several people were affected when a truck accident happened on I-88 near DeKalb. Police in the area have reported that a semi-truck traveling westbound collided with two passenger vehicles for unknown reasons, sending both vehicles out of control and causing one vehicle to leave the road’s surface and come to a rest in an adjoining ditch. Emergency crews were called to the scene to evaluate the potential victims and were able to determine that the driver of the vehicle in the ditch was in serious condition and needed to be air lifted to an area hospital. That driver’s current condition is not clear.
It is also not clear whether the driver of the second car or the driver of the semi-truck were injured in the collision. At this time, police are still reviewing all relevant facts and trying to determine what led to the impact and whether the truck driver or anyone else involved erred prior to the incident.
Truck accidents in Chicago are not as common as car collisions but when they do happen, the results can be more extreme. The large, heavy nature of a typical semi-truck means that a small passenger vehicle will always be at a disadvantage and usually will absorb the majority of the force involved when an accident happens. The drivers of those passenger cars may be at the mercy of the actions of others and may not be able to avoid any accidents, leading them to be at risk for harm.
If a truck accident in Illinois has left you injured or has claimed your loved one’s life, you may be entitled to financial relief for your damages. The law firm of Abels & Annes, P.C. has a personal injury lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575. We offer a free case consultation without obligation to those victims who call us and everything discussed during the consultation will be kept confidential.
If a collision leaves you suffering, do not let your rights slip away. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. now and let us fight for the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Staying Safe while Driving in Chicago’s Extreme Cold, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published February 19, 2015.
Crash Near DeKalb Causes Major Delays on I-88, 1 Driver Airlifted With Serious Injuries, ABC7Chicago.com, published February 17, 2015.