The layout of streets and roads can contribute to a car accident in many situations. If you drive around Chicago, you may notice that the city still retains its character from the days before motorized traffic ran the town, meaning that roads may run crisscross instead of straight north and south or east and west. In some places, more than two roads may converge at an intersection, making it challenging for drivers to determine who has the right-of-way or where and when a driver is authorized to proceed.
Even when an intersection is a traditional two-road convergence where the roads meet at a 90 degree angle, car collisions are likely because the crossing of directional traffic means that vehicles heading in divergent directions will need to occupy the same space – but ideally, not at the same time. When a driver makes a mistake and enters the intersection when not cleared to do so, collisions are likely to result and may cause injuries to those involved. Legal relief is possible for those victims who are hurt in crashes and may provide compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering as well as any other damages sustained. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a crash or if your loved one was injured or killed in an accident.
Police in Englewood confirmed a collision between two vehicles on Monday morning near the 7100 block of South Halsted Street and confirmed that two drivers were injured in the crash. At this time, authorities believe that an 18-year-old male was driving an SUV in the early morning hours and that the SUV may have been stolen. He allegedly entered the intersection when it was not clear to do so and collided with a sedan that was traveling in another direction, leading to an impact between the two vehicles and requiring both drivers to be taken to area hospitals for treatment. In addition to the 18-year-old male driver of the SUV, a 19-year-old female driver of the sedan was hurt as was a 36-year-old male passenger in the sedan. The nature of the injuries sustained is not clear at this time but all victims are expected to survive.
The 18-year-old male driver has been charged with offenses related to this incident and may face additional allegations depending on the outcome of the ongoing police investigation.
When a car accident happens in Chicago, people who have done nothing wrong may suffer due to the actions of others. It is not fair to force these victims to bear the physical and financial toll of the conduct of someone else and for that reason, the laws in Illinois are designed to protect victims from additional harm once a collision ends. If you have questions about your legal rights following a Chicago car accident, the personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call and help you realize your options.
Unlike some other law firms, when you call Abels & Annes, P.C., you will speak with a lawyer, regardless of the time of day or night that you call. We can be reached toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and there is no obligation on your part for speaking with us. If a car accident affects you, call Abels & Annes, P.C. and let us provide you with a free, no obligation consultation whenever you need answers.
Prior Blog Entry:
Chicago Red Light Cameras Being Removed from Limited Intersections, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published March 9, 2015.
3 hurt in two-car crash in Englewood, by Alexandra Chachkevitch, Chicago Tribune, published March 9, 2015.