Car accidents are the primary cause of unintentional death among teens ages 15 to 19 in the United States. It is a frightening statistic for any parent who has teenagers or for anyone who cares about a teen because once that teen is inside a car, adults outside of the vehicle can do little to keep them safe. The threats facing teenaged drivers and passengers are multifold because teen drivers are less experienced and less knowledgeable than older counterparts and because the same outside threats that face all motorists, like other drivers, continue to face teens.
Car accidents involving teenage drivers or teenage passengers can cause anguish not only to the teen herself but also to that teen’s family and friends. From the initial crash through the needed medical treatment and potentially through any ongoing healthcare, these collisions can cause damage that may costs thousands or even millions of dollars. Fortunately, the laws in Chicago recognize that an innocent teen victim of a collision should not be forced to pay for the medical treatment that the teen needs – and nor should that teen’s parents. Instead, victims of car accidents in Illinois have the right to seek financial compensation for their suffering through the use of a civil claim for damages. Consulting with a personal injury attorney who handles car accidents can help you understand your rights and your options if you have been an injury victim.
Shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, two vehicles collided in Des Plaines and the crash claimed the life of an 18-year-old man. The crash happened near the intersection of Golf Road and Oakton Community College Drive but it is unclear what caused the two vehicles to collide. The 18-year-old man had to be removed from his vehicle as did two other people inside the car; both of those other people were injured and were transported by ambulance to area hospitals for relief. The driver of the other vehicle was also hurt and also needed medical attention.
Authorities confirmed that the teen who lost his life was a student at a nearby high school and that he may have been attending a school function prior to the crash.
No amount of compensation can ever be considered adequate when a teenager loses his life or when anyone is killed in a car accident. Yet relief may still be possible for a victim’s surviving relatives to help them cope with the financial burden of the collision and to enable them to move forward after the crash.
The personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. have the experience necessary to help accident victims seek and obtain the relief they need and we are standing by now to help you. We offer a free case consultation to those who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we have a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you are looking for help or if you simply have questions, call us now and let us help you understand your case. If we represent you, we will never charge you a fee unless we make a recovery in your case and we will fight for the best possible outcome for you.
Prior Blog Entry:
Worker Killed in Fall from Roof, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published May 6, 2015.
Chicago man killed, 3 injured in Des Plaines crash, by Rosemary Regina Sobol, Chicago Tribune, published May 5, 2015.