In 2011, more than 84,000 people were injured in car accidents across the state of Illinois. Many of these collisions happened in some of the most densely populated areas including Chicago where heavy traffic and congested streets are some of the leading causes of crashes. Often, victims in Chicago do not see a car accident until it happens and they can be injured even when they do nothing wrong to cause the collision.
When a car accident happens, damage to a vehicle is likely to result. But in addition to that property damage, injuries may happen and victims may need to get medical treatment to lessen their suffering and to return them to their pre-accident states. It is hard to know the full value of the needed treatment immediately following a collision as some injuries may take time to fully reveal their degree or severity. Consulting with a personal injury attorney can help victims understand whether they are entitled to compensation for their damages and whether they have a valid claim following an accident, regardless of what injuries were sustained.
An incident in Pennsylvania is reminding nostalgic drivers across the country that an accident can happen at any time and at any place. An Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, known for its resemblance to a giant hot dog, lost control on an icy road on Sunday in Enola and collided with a pole near the road’s surface. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident and the Wienermobile only sustained moderate damage to its front end and windshield.
The Wienermobile involved was one of six full-sized models that drive around the country, each assigned to a specific geographic area. In addition to the full-sized vehicles, two mini and food truck models that serve hot dogs can also be found on American roads. Thousands of children across the country have received a wienerwhistle – a whistle shaped like a miniature version of the Wienermobiles – from the drivers of these truckswho are known as Hotdoggers.
In addition to the iconic position the Wienermobile holds, it also has strong ties to the Chicago area. The original Wienermoblie truck was built in Chicago in 1936 following designs by company executive, Carl Mayer and Oscar Mayer is currently owned by Kraft Foods which is headquartered in Illinois.
Icy roads were a problem this weekend in Chicago much like they were out east where the Wienermobile accident happened. If you were involved in a car accident and you were injured, make sure you understand your options and whether you have a valid claim for your losses.
The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we will offer you a free case consultation without any obligation on your part. If you have questions, are wondering about your ability to obtain help, or are simply confused following your crash, let us help explain the legal implications of your accident to you. Call us now.
Prior Blog Entry:
38 Vehicle Pileup on Kennedy Expressway Leads to Injuries, Road Closures, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published February 16, 2015.
Wienermobile loses control, smacks into pole in Enola, by Luis Cruz, ABC27.com, published February 15, 2015.