Car accidents are commonplace in Illinois and in the Chicagoland area. With so many drivers hitting the streets, it is inevitable that collisions will occur. Some are the result of inclement weather while others may occur due to road construction. But the most common factor leading to an automobile collision is negligence on the part of one or more drivers, which can lead to a crash that causes injuries or even death.
When an accident leads to injuries, many victims choose to consult with a Chicago car accident lawyer to learn about their legal rights and whether they may have a claim for their damages.
This may be a thought experienced by nine individuals injured in a car accident in Chicago early Monday morning after a three car collision left them injured. Though police are still investigating, it appears that an unmarked police car was stopped on the side of the road, engaged in a routine traffic stop on South Indianapolis Avenue.
A passenger sedan approached the scene and collided with the unmarked police car, pushing the car into the vehicle stopped by the police, involving three cars in the crash and leaving nine people injured. Three of those injured were reported to be police officers while the other six were reported only as civilian adults.
It is not yet known what caused the first driver to strike the police car or whether any traffic citations will be issued but it is a possibility as the facts are learned.
Depending on the facts of any auto accident, an injury victim may be able to make a claim for their losses, whether that claim is against a responsible driver or against the victim's own insurance company. If a claim is possible, it can include monetary damages that have already been incurred, like ambulance and hospital bills, as well as future expenses likely to be incurred, like surgery that will be needed at a later time.