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February 16, 2015

Weekend Accidents on I-55 Close Southbound Lanes

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21615.jpgThis weekend brought a significant storm to the Chicago area but unlike some earlier in the season, snow was not the biggest threat. While some new snow accumulated on area roads and expressways, the biggest threat to those that were driving was decreased visibility due to blowing snow and gusty winds. Reports across Illinois indicated "white-out" conditions in many areas and is now being blamed for a number of chain reaction accidents both in and around Chicago.

Chain reaction collisions can start for a number of reasons but poor driving conditions are one of them. Yet despite the conditions, the weather rarely is the sole reason that a car accident happens and more often combines with a mistake or error on the part of a driver. In those cases, an at-fault driver may be held responsible for the damages that result including any injuries sustained by victims. These victims can seek financial compensation for their injuries through the use of a civil claim for damages and speaking with a personal injury lawyer can help you evaluate your options for relief if a crash has affected your life.

Officials are still trying to determine which chain reaction accidents, if any, were related on I-55 near Gardner this Saturday morning because the poor weather lead to so many collisions. Around 11:00 a.m., several accidents happened near mile post 227 and multiple vehicles were involved. Officials are determining whether it was one chain reaction crash or whether several separate incidents occurred in a relatively short time span. Additionally, a significant crash happened on I-80 near mile post 111 at Morris that resulted in lane closures for eastbound traffic.

Police were on the scene for the I-55 collisions and the I-80 crash and noted white-out conditions in both areas. There were reports of some snow on the road but at this time, officials do not believe that the new snow was the primary cause; rather, decreased visibility due to gusting winds is being cited as a contributing cause to all crashes at this time.

Despite the apparent role the weather played this weekend, authorities are still reviewing the actions of all drivers involved to determine whether any errors or mistakes in judgment played a role. After their investigations are finalized, it will be determined whether anyone involved will be cited for their actions in causing the crashes.

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February 12, 2015

Accidente de Carro en Posen deja a un Peatón Muerto

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2715.jpgEs una actividad diaria para millones de personas que viven en Chicago – caminar al aire libre. Si usted camina desde su vehículo estacionado a un apartamento, a una parada de autobús o al tren, es más probable que usted camina ciertas distancias afuera casi todos los días. Chicago es conocido por una gran presencia de peatones y es parte de la razón de que algunos oficiales de la ciudad ponen un enfoque sobre la seguridad de estos caminantes.

A pesar de que camina casi todo el mundo, los accidentes de peatones continúan ocurriendo en Chicago y continúan lesionando cientos a miles de personas cada año. Hasta que se eliminen todas las colisiones peatonales, los que anden en Chicago seguirán corriendo el riesgo de lesiones y de daños debidos a las acciones de los conductores en las calles y trágicamente esto es cierto incluso cuando un peatón no hace nada malo. Mientras que la ley no puede borrar un accidente una vez que ha ocurrido, puede permitirle a la víctima obtener la compensación financiera para cubrir las pérdidas sufridas por la víctima incluyendo facturas médicas que se puedan incurrir. Hablando con un abogado de lesiones personales puede ofrecerle la información que necesita si usted ha sido víctima de un accidente o si su ser querido fue herido mientras que un peatón.

La policía de Posen fueron alertados a la escena de un accidente entre un SUV y un peatón la madrugada del jueves y respondieron a la área. Cuando llegaron, estaba claro que el peatón fue herido críticamente en el accidente y fue pronunciado muerto en algún momento de la mañana.

El incidente ocurrió cerca de la cuadra 12600 de South California Avenue y implicaron sólo las dos partes pero los oficiales no han publicado información sobre por qué los dos chocaron o si uno de los individuos cometieron un error antes del impacto. Además, aún no se sabe si el conductor del SUV será citado por sus acciones en la colisión, aunque la policía ha indicado que la revisión de los hechos del caso está en curso en este momento.

Las posibilidades de que un peatón sea la víctima de una colisión pueden variar basado en donde camina el peatón, si las intersecciones son controlados para el tránsito peatonal, a qué hora del día y qué día de la semana el caminante esta al aire libre, y otros factores. Generalmente, mientras más tiempo una persona pasa caminando por las calles de Chicago, lo más probable que ocurrirá un choque.

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February 12, 2015

Charges Issued for Alleged Drunk Driver in Crystal Lake

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21215%284%29.jpgMothers Against Drunk Driving refers to drinking and driving as the most common crime committed across the nation. It is a particularly troubling activity because it threatens not only the safety of a drunk driver but also all innocent motorists and passengers in the area. Further, when a drunk driving accident happens, it can be devastating and daunting because the crash need never happen if a driver choose to abstain or to take another means of transit.

In Chicago, thousands of people are the unwitting victims of drunk driving collisions every year and many of these people sustain serious, life-altering injuries. Even more of them suffer injuries that will heal but will cause those victims pain and suffering as well as inconvenience in their daily lives. When this happens, victims may be entitled to seek financial compensation for their losses including any medical bills they incur through a civil claim for damages. If you have been hurt in a car accident, you may get the answers you need by speaking with a personal injury lawyer.

According to local authorities, a 24-year-old man was under the influence just over a week ago when he caused a collision that seriously injured one of the passengers in another vehicle. Officials claim that the man was driving northbound on Oak Street in Crystal Lake when he allegedly ran a red light at I-176 and collided with an oncoming car. Now, police have alleged that the 24-year-old man was under the influence of alcohol and that man is facing criminal and traffic charges including aggravated DUI, failing to reduce speed to avoid a crash, and running a red light.

The collision left the suspected at-fault driver with injuries but was much more severe for a passenger in the second car. That passenger reportedly has critical injuries that include paralysis.

The 24-year-old driver is being held in lieu of bond and authorities claim he may be a flight risk since he faces a possible 12 year prison sentence if convicted.

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February 5, 2015

Quinta más grande tormenta de nieve en Chicago Causa condiciones de conducción peligrosas

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2215%283%29.jpgSi usted vive o trabaja en Chicago, es probable que está dolorosamente consciente de la tormenta de nieve que afectó la ciudad el fin de semana. Ahora que el sistema de tormenta se ha movido hacia el este, oficiales pueden confirmar que la tormenta fue la quinta más grande tormenta de nieve de varios días para llegar a la ciudad en la historia registrada.

La nieve comenzó a caer la noche del sábado y continuó sin interrupción hasta aproximadamente las 7:30 am el lunes, aunque algunas áreas sintieron el impacto de la tormenta más allá de ese marco de tiempo. El aeropuerto O'Hare registró 19.3 pulgadas de nieve sobre la tormenta de varios días, mientras que el aeropuerto Midway reportó 18.4 pulgadas a partir del domingo por la noche. Además de la cantidad de nieve que cayó, las condiciones empeoraron por un viento significativo en el área que causó condiciones ventosas, enterrando algunas áreas de carreteras que habían sido previamente despejados por los equipos de emergencia y haciendo algunas zonas intransitables.

Viajeros de todo Chicago se despertaron esta mañana a las condiciones variables en las carreteras y autopistas locales. En este momento, no se han reportado accidentes de tráfico serios entrando a la ciudad pero varios incidentes menores han ocurrido y muchos vehículos se pueden ver fuera de las carreteras’, varados en zanjas o a lo largo de las medianas. Los oficiales están alertando a todos los viajeros que tomen su tiempo llegando al trabajo hoy y que estén preparados para condiciones congestionadas y lentas en toda la ciudad como todavía muchas áreas tienen que ser aradas.

El viaje puede ser largo por los que optan por tomar el transporte público también. Mientras tanto la CTA y Metra estaban optimistas sobre su capacidad para funcionar en-horario hoy, ambas agencias han informado demoras irregulares que están afectando sobre todo a los commutes entrantes. La línea amarilla de CTA se ha ralentizado debido a un problema mecánico en uno de los trenes y la línea más transitada de Metra, el BNSF, estaba experimentando retrasos entrantes de casi una hora en algunas situaciones. Por lo menos un tren fue cancelado y otro estaba parado debido a las malas condiciones climáticas.

Escuelas Públicas de Chicago están cerrados hoy al igual que muchas escuelas privadas y charter en la zona que significa que muchos niños estarán hoy en casa con los padres u otros tutores. Los que estén buscando que sus hijos estén fuera de la casa haciendo una actividad pueden encontrar los caminos desafiantes hasta el final de la tarde hoy o posiblemente después de la hora punta de la tarde así que el riesgo de un accidente persistirá por algún tiempo.

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February 2, 2015

5th Largest Chicago Blizzard Causes Dangerous Driving Conditions

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2215%283%29.jpgIf you live in or work in Chicago, chances are that you are painfully aware of the blizzard that hit the city over the weekend. Now that the storm system has moved east, officials are able to confirm that the storm was the fifth largest multi-day blizzard to hit the city in recorded history.

The snow began to fall on Saturday evening and continued without a break until approximately 7:30 a.m. Monday though some areas felt the storm's impact beyond that time frame. O'Hare Airport recorded 19.3 inches of snow over the multi-day storm while Midway Airport reported 18.4 inches as of Sunday night. In addition to the amount of snow that fell, conditions were worsened by a significant wind in the area that caused blowing and blustery conditions, burying some areas of roads that had been previously cleared by emergency crews and making some areas impassable.

Commuters across Chicago awoke this morning to varying conditions on the local roads and expressways. At this time, no serious car accidents have been reported coming into the city but several minor incidents have occurred and many vehicles can be seen off the roads' surfaces, stranded in ditches or along medians. Officials are encouraging all commuters to take their time making it to work today and to be prepared for slow, congested conditions throughout the city as many areas still need to be plowed.

The commute may be long for those who choose to take public transportation as well. While both the CTA and Metra were optimistic about their ability to run on-schedule today, both agencies have reported spotty delays that are affecting mostly the inbound commutes. The CTA's Yellow Line has been slowed due to a mechanical issue on one of the trains and Metra's busiest line, the BNSF, was experiencing inbound delays of nearly an hour in some situations. At least one train was cancelled and another was being stopped due to the poor weather conditions.

Chicago Public Schools are closed today as are many private and charter schools in the area which means that many children will be at home today with parents or other guardians. Those who are looking to get their kids out of the house for an activity may find the roads challenging until the late afternoon today or possibly after the evening rush hour so the risk of an accident will persist for some time.

Winter weather is an unavoidable phenomenon in Chicago and across Illinois but that does not mean that car accidents must happen as a result. The weather rarely is the sole cause of a collision but most often combines with actions taken or not taken by a driver to create a dangerous situation that may lead to an impact. Whether a motorist is following too closely, driving too fast for conditions, or fails to appreciate how treacherous the roads are, car accidents may happen today and may leave victims injured.

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January 31, 2015

Colisión de Muti-Vehículo con Autobús Pace causa múltiples lesiones

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12715.jpgEn muchos casos, los accidentes de autobús pueden ser más complejos y legalmente complicados que las colisiones entre dos vehículos privados y puede haber más probabilidad de que ocurran lesiones. Las complejidades pueden provenir de la gran cantidad de personas involucradas, así como las compañías de seguros que pueden ser responsables de alguna pérdida y también pueden incluir el hecho de que los autobuses son una forma regulada de tránsito en el área metropolitana de Chicago. Las lesiones son más propensos cuando el número de personas involucradas en un accidente aumenta; así que si hay pasajeros a bordo de un bus y el número total de ocupantes es igual o más de lo que normalmente se encontraría en un carro de pasajeros, lesiones a uno o más de esos individuos pueden ocurrir cuando sucede un impacto.

En la mayoría de los casos, las víctimas de accidente de autobús en Chicago pueden tener poca o ninguna advertencia de que una colisión es inminente. A diferencia de los conductores, puede que no estén viendo el tráfico o no anticipen los peligros que pueden surgir en una carretera. Sin embargo, son igual de probable o tal vez más probables de ser heridos en un accidente y ellos pueden preguntarse adonde es que los pone desde una perspectiva legal. En Illinois, las víctimas de estas colisiones de autobús tienen derecho a ciertos derechos y posibles vías de alivio que pueden permitir a las víctimas de lesiones para obtener la ayuda que necesitan. Ya sea si sus pérdidas tomen la forma de gastos médicos, dolor y sufrimiento, o la pérdida de salarios, usted podría tener derecho a un arreglo financiero que le proveerá a usted la compensación que necesita para seguir adelante y más allá del impacto y para ayudarlo a recuperar como usted merece. Hablando con un abogado de lesiones personales puede ayudarlo a entender las posibles reclamaciones que pueda tener y si su caso le da derecho a pago si usted ha sido lesionado en un accidente de autobús.

Al menos cuatro vehículos, incluyendo un autobús de Pace, chocaron en Geneva el lunes por la noche y causo varias lesiones, según la policía local. El incidente ocurrió cerca de Fabyan Parkway y la Avenida Crissey alrededor de las 5:30 de la tarde y todavía sigue siendo revisada por hechos adicionales. En este momento, las autoridades han confirmado que cuatro vehículos chocaron y que uno de los vehículos, un autobús Pace, fue empujado fuera de la carretera por el accidente y empujado abajo a un área boscosa. Según se informa, el vehículo tuvo que ser retirado de la escena por un camión de remolque y puede que haiga sido muy dañado. La policía no ha lanzado la causa sospechosa de la colisión en este momento y no han indicado si algunos de los conductores involucrados pueden haber cometido un error o actuado de manera negligente en los momentos que procedieron el impacto inicial. Sin embargo, han confirmado que todos los hechos están siendo revisados y que, si es apropiado, los cargos pueden ser emitidos en espera del resultado de la investigación.

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January 30, 2015

Driver Loses Control, Strikes Home in Morgan Park

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13015%282%29.jpgThe inherent dangers associated with a car accident in Chicago or in Illinois cannot be overstated. From physical damage to a vehicle to the injuries that may result and even the emotional harm caused by a crash, the toll enacted when cars collide is significant and can affect not only those involved but also their family members and loved ones.

This harm can happen even in a single-vehicle collision. While many car accidents happen because two or more cars collide, others occur and involve only one vehicle for a number of reasons. A mechanical failure, a blown tire, poor weather conditions, or distracted driving are some of the common factors cited when a single car crash happens but they are far from the only ones. These accidents can harm the drivers involved, the passengers in their car, or even those outside of the vehicle including pedestrians or others who happen to be in the area. When a crash happens and injuries result, the laws in Illinois may enable victim to obtain financial payment for their injuries if those victims seek help with a legal claim. Speaking with an attorney who handles personal injury cases can help you understand what relief may be possible and if you have a valid claim if a collision has impacted your life.

Chicago police are still reviewing the facts surrounding a single car accident early Friday morning on the city's Far South Side. Officials have stated that the accident happened when a car traveling in the 800 block of West 107th Avenue lost control, left the road's surface, and struck a nearby home. The incident happened around 1:00 a.m. and the cause of the crash remains unknown at this time.

The crash may have involved high speeds and caused significant damage both to the vehicle involved and the home that was hit. Five people were inside the home and were sleeping when they heard the crash and noticed things inside the house falling to the ground, but none of those in the home were injured. Emergency medical crews responded to the area and assessed the driver of the car who sustained significant, but undisclosed, injuries in the incident and was taken by ambulance to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Police started an investigation into this incident when they arrived on scene shortly after 1:00 a.m. and their review of all relevant facts is ongoing at this time. The outcome of their investigation may determine whether the driver erred prior to the crash or whether that driver will face any traffic or criminal charges for the collision that knocked several bricks free from the house but left the house standing.

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January 26, 2015

Passenger Injured in Chicago Rollover Accident

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12615%283%29.jpgIn most instances, rollover accidents begin with an initial impact between a rolling car and another object - called a "tripped" collision - whether that object is a second vehicle, a curb, or a fixed object near the roadway. In other instances, a rollover happens without an initial impact and is an untripped rollover. These may happen if a vehicle takes a corner at a speed too high to be safe or if a tire blows and causes a driver to lose control.

Rollover accidents are some of the most deadly forms of collisions that plague the streets of Chicago. Unlike a crash that leaves a vehicle standing upright, a rollover collision involves multiple impacts at multiple points on the vehicle. Damage to a front end, rear end, side, roof, and floor are all possible when a vehicle rolls and the odds of damage increase as the number of rollovers compound. Importantly, safety advances that have made collisions much more survivable have had little effect on rollovers in recent decades as the new addition of these features rarely focuses on the roof of a vehicle.

Though rollover collisions are serious and may cause injuries, the victims of these crashes should know that relief may be available and may be able to provide these victims with the compensation they deserve. Claims for relief are separate and distinct from any traffic or criminal charges that may be sought by the State of Illinois and may include a claim for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages among any other damages that result from a crash. The facts of an accident can determine what relief may be possible and whether payment is possible so if you have been injured or if your loved one has been hurt, speaking to a lawyer in Chicago may help you understand your legal options following an accident.

On Sunday morning, a car traveling in the 3600 block of West Foster Avenue sideswiped a second vehicle in the area before colliding with a bus stop. The force of the impact then led the vehicle to roll over and left one passenger with significant injuries. Police and emergency crews responded to the scene and evaluated three people inside the car; reportedly, a 22-year-old male driver and another male passenger were uninjured while a 23-year-old female passenger sustained serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital.

Fortunately, officials have confirmed that no pedestrians were in the area of the bus stop at the time of the 1:00 a.m. crash and that those inside the first car were the only ones hurt.

At this time, the 22-year-old driver is facing charges for failing to stay within a lane of traffic and failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision. The investigation is ongoing at this time, though, so it is possible that additional charges may be issued.

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January 23, 2015

Choque de carro Individual en la I-55 Deja a 2 personas heridas

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12215.jpgLos estimados de seguros indican que un conductor típico Americano estará involucrado en tres o cuatro accidentes de carro sobre el curso de su vida. Si usted conduce más que el promedio o si a menudo es un pasajero en un vehículo, la probabilidad de estar involucrado en colisiones adicionales aumenta con el tiempo dentro de un automóvil, camión o camioneta.

La buena noticia es que muchos de estos accidentes que se producen se consideran pequeños y, aunque pueden causar daños a los vehículos, no resultan en lesiones a los involucrados. Sin embargo, aunque muchos de ellos son pequeños, muchos otros son graves y pueden dejar a las víctimas alteradas permanentemente después de un accidente con lesiones, daños y sufrimiento emocional que pueden durar días a un curso de la vida. En las peores colisiones, una víctima puede perder su vida y los familiares de las víctimas nunca podrán recuperarse de esa pérdida.

La mayoría de los accidentes de tráfico que se producen en el área metropolitana de Chicago no son en realidad accidentes, sino más bien se debe a un error, o conducta negligente por parte de alguien involucrado. Cuando estas instancias conducen a lesiones, las leyes del estado reconocen que es injusto esperar que las víctimas inocentes paguen por sus propios daños, y por lo tanto las leyes permiten que estas víctimas busquen compensación financiera después de un accidente. Alivio puede ser disponible para cubrir cosas como gastos médicos, dolor y sufrimiento, y la pérdida de salario, pero le corresponde a la víctima tomar las medidas necesarias para obtener esta ayuda si lo quieren. Si un accidente de tráfico ha afectado su vida o herido a su ser querido, puede obtener las respuestas que necesita al hablar con un abogado de lesiones personales en Chicago que se encarga de estos tipos de reclamos.

Poco antes de las 6:00 am del jueves, la Policía del Estado de Illinois fueron alertados de un accidente de tráfico de un solo vehículo en la I-55 cerca de la avenida Western incitando una respuesta en la escena. Las autoridades evaluaron el carro y determinaron que dos personas adentro resultaron heridas en el accidente y estaban en necesidad de tratamiento médico así que esas víctimas fueron transportadas a hospitales en el área. Mientras que los oficiales han confirmado estas lesiones, no han indicado la naturaleza del el daño sostenido aparte de decir que se espera que las dos víctimas vivan.

La policía está haciendo una investigación sobre este incidente para determinar las causas del accidente y si el conductor implicado fue culpable por la colisión. Las autoridades creen que el conductor perdió el control del carro por razones desconocidas, causando que el vehículo choque con una mediana de cemento
mientras viajaba, y causando un accidente que dejó por lo menos dos carriles del I-55 cerrado por una hora. Durante la hora punta esta mañana, las autoridades fueron capaces de retirar el vehículo y volver a abrir todos los carriles de tráfico para los otros viajeros.

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January 21, 2015

DUI Charges Pending in Fatal Lake Shore Drive Car Accident

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12115%283%29.jpgIt is a law that almost all drivers in Illinois know by heart - the presumed blood alcohol content limit that will trigger a driving under the influence charge is .08. But fewer motorists realize that having a blood alcohol content lower than .08 does not mean that a driver is immune from charges. Rather, any amount of alcohol in a motorist's system can be a violation of local and state laws if that alcohol has an intoxicating effect on the driver. Additionally, the rules that apply to certain operators may be stricter than the .08 limit commonly known. Drivers under the legal drinking age of 21 and drivers of school buses are not allowed to have alcohol in their systems and operators of some commercial vehicles may face standards more limiting than those that apply to a typical motorist.

Failing to obey the laws and choosing to drive while drunk can have serious consequences including criminal and/or traffic charges if a driver is apprehended. In addition to these charges, the penalties may become more severe if a drunk driving accident occurs and one or more people involved are injured. A type of action that is separate and distinct from any DUI-related criminal charges may be available to victims who are hurt in collisions and may enable them to obtain financial compensation for their injuries. Possible relief can include payment for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering but the circumstances surrounding your accident may determine the possible recoveries so you may wish to speak with a personal injury lawyer if you have been hurt.

An early Monday morning car accident turned tragic when a female passenger lost her life in Chicago. Now, according to local authorities, alcohol may have played a role and may be the reason that the driver lost control.

The incident occurred shortly before 2:00 a.m. near the 2200 block of North Lake Shore Drive. A 42-year-old man reportedly was driving southbound with a BAC in excess of the .08 limit when he lost control of his vehicle, causing it to leave the road's surface, flip, and land on a frozen lagoon near the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Emergency crews responded to the scene and evaluated the driver and his 37-year-old female passenger. Both were injured and were taken to area hospitals for treatment but unfortunately, the woman's injuries were too severe and she died a short time later. The driver survived the crash in serious condition and remained in the hospital through Tuesday but his current condition is not clear. Now, officials have confirmed that the man is facing charges of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and driving without a valid license. He is also facing a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.

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January 8, 2015

Stevenson Expressway Accident Leaves Several Hurt in Chicago

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1815%283%29.jpgA typical idea of a car accident may conjure an image of two vehicles colliding, resulting in some minor damage to the vehicles and causing some anger and frustration among the drivers involved. In fact, car accidents in Chicago can involve any number of vehicles from one to dozens and may only cause property damage or may cause much greater devastation. In 2012, there were 274,111 traffic related collisions in the State of Illinois and more than 60,000 of those caused injuries to at least one person involved. Nearly 900 collisions proved fatal.

With a greater number of vehicles involved in a crash comes a greater potential for victims to result. This is particularly true when a high capacity vehicle is involved, like a van, bus, or other transit vehicle because these vehicles tend to have a large number of passengers who may be hurt. The fallout from these crashes can become complicated and can turn into a "he said, she said" situation as the drivers of the cars blame one another. Police and local officials may attempt to sort out the actions from a criminal standpoint but this can leave victims wondering whether anyone will help them or be on their side. Fortunately, car accident victims in Chicago have express rights that cannot be taken away by a negligent driver. But these victims must affirmatively seek the help they deserve by bringing a civil claim, a type of action that is unique and separate from any traffic or criminal charges brought against a driver and these claims can be brought with the help of a personal injury lawyer.

As rush hour began Thursday morning, three cars were involved in a collision on the Stevenson Expressway in the northbound lanes. At this early state, state troopers who responded to the scene have not yet revealed a suspected cause of the crash or whether any of the drivers involved were at-fault. It is also not clear whether any traffic tickets have been or will be issued as a result of this incident.

Emergency crews were on the scene near Harlem Avenue and they assessed multiple people who were involved. Several victims suffered injuries and had to be transported via ambulance to area hospitals but it is not known what their injuries were or whether anyone was facing life-threatening injuries.

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January 2, 2015

Bono's Bicycle Accident Injuries May Prevent Him from Playing Guitar

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1215%283%29.jpgRegardless of where they occur, bicycle accidents can have tragic and devastating results. A person riding on a bicycle is at a high risk for injuries when a crash happens because there little to nothing between that biker's body and another surface, whether that is concrete, asphalt, or the hood of a car. Cyclist regularly need medical attention following these accidents because injuries are so common and many times, bikers deal with cuts, abrasions, broken bones, impalements, road rash, and injuries to their head and back. While these may be common, they are far from the only damages that can result when a cyclist is injured.

Unfortunately, the frontman for the popular band U2 learned this in November and is still suffering from the consequences today. Bono, known for his rose-tinted glasses, musical acumen, and philanthropic efforts, was riding a bicycle in New York City's Central Park in November when he attempted to avoid another bicyclist, causing a high energy bike accident. Emergency medical personnel responded and transported the singer to New York-Presbyterian Medical Center where he was evaluated for his injuries and assessed by several physicians. Doctors noted serious fracturing of Bono's left upper arm, left shoulder blade, and eye orbit as well as abrasion and other damages and Bono received immediate surgery to repair his fractures and stabilize him, the most serious issue being his shattered arm. That injury alone reportedly required the insertion of three metal plates and 18 screws to stabilize and to return some function to Bono's arm and hand. An additional fracture to Bono's left pinky finger was repaired after the first round of surgeries and is complicating Bono's rehabilitative efforts.

While doctors were able to repair his fractures and bandage his wounds, it now appears clear that the damaging injuries may have a lasting effect. Now, according to Bono, the singer may have permanent damage in his arm that may prevent him from playing the guitar ever again.

Bono released a blog statement on his band's website recently informing his fans that the recovery he has faced has been difficult and that he fears his injuries may permanently affect his ability to play guitar. While Bono does not play often while performing with U2, the frontman does use a guitar in writing music and in playing for fun.

Injuries like those sustained by Bono unfortunately are common when people are involved in bicycle accidents in Chicago and across Illinois. Fractures or broken bones, head and neck injuries, contusions, abrasions, and internal bleeding are some of the injuries likely to result when a rider is involved in a crash, whether that crash involves another cyclist or even a car.

When a car strikes a bicycle, the rider of the bike is almost always injured and often left in need of medical assistance. This can be costly for a victim who did nothing wrong and who suffers due to the actions of a driver, but fortunately, the laws in Chicago are on victims' sides. Those who have been hurt in a bicycle accident in Illinois may be entitled to seek financial compensation for the injuries they incurred as well as other damages experienced due to a crash, including but not limited to lost wages, pain and suffering, and the permanency of injuries.

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