Unfortunately auto accidents occur every day in Illinois and are suffered by thousands of residents every year. Many of these accidents are minor and only result in a dent or other damage to a vehicle without causing injuries to any of the drivers. A smaller portion of accidents result in serious injuries or even death, though, forever changing the lives of all those involved in the crash as well as their family members and friends.
Among auto accidents, those involving semi trucks can be some of the most severe because of the large size of the truck compared to the relatively small size of a passenger car. After these crashes, victims may seek help from a Chicago area truck accident lawyer to learn about what rights, if any, they have and whether they are entitled to a financial recovery for their damages.
Usually accident victims of any type can bring a civil claim for their damages against a responsible driver, truck owner, or operator so that they can be compensated for their injuries. This may include payment for medical bills, wages that were not earned because of injury, or even extra transportation costs while a car was not driveable. The facts of each accident can make a big difference in determining what losses are recoverable.
Some Chicago-area residents may now realize this after a collision with a semi on the Dan Ryan left them injured on Saturday morning. According to police, two cars were involved in a collision on the inbound Dan Ryan near 87th Street and the drivers were working out the details when a semi truck approached the scene. The semi reportedly crashed into the two stopped vehicles that had been involved in the earlier crash, causing a second impact that left both drivers of the first crash and the semi truck driver injured. All three were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for examination and treatment though all were expected to survive.
Accidents involving multiple vehicles and multiple impacts can be challenging for victims with multiple insurance companies often denying valid claims or pointing the finger of blame at another driver. These accident victims should realize that they can level the playing field by retaining an injury lawyer of their choice to fight for their rights and to make sure their interests are protected.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we are truck accident lawyers with a history of successfully resolving numerous truck accidents on behalf of our clients. We know how to work with the insurance companies to make sure you receive the maximum award possible in your case so that you are fully compensated for your injuries. We offer a free telephone consultation to all accident victims who call us at (312) 924-7575 or toll free at (855) 529-2442 and we keep a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day to take your call. If you have been hurt in a truck accident, call us today and let us help you get a recovery you deserve.
Prior Blog Entries:
National Teen Driver Safety Week Reminds All of Good Driving Techniques, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published October 21, 2013.
Fatal Batavia Crash Leaves Aurora Man Dead, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published October 17, 2013.
3 injured in Dan Ryan crash, Chicago Sun-Times, published October 26, 2013.