Police are investigating a Naperville crash that took the life of a five-year-old boy in November. According to the Daily Herald, the child’s father was driving south when a tire blew out on his car. The father pulled into the curb lane and turned on his hazard lights, but another motorist going in the same direction didn’t see the vehicle. The second motorist hit their parked car with such force that the child was trapped in the back seat. Everyone involved went to the hospital; both adults were treated and released. The report said authorities were still investigating the cause.
This is a good example of how serious a rear-end accident can be. Many people think “rear-ender” is synonymous with “minor accident,” but as a Chicago auto accident attorney, I’ve handled many cases where a rear-end accident turned out to be quite serious. In November, I wrote about one client of ours who was diagnosed with a herniated cervical disc in his neck after a rear-end accident at a stoplight. Many other rear-end accidents end up causing soft tissue injuries to the victims’ necks, with substantial chronic pain.
If you were involved in this type of accident through no fault of your own, you have a legal right to hold the at-fault person responsible. An Illinois car accident lawsuit can hold a careless driver responsible for a wrongful death or permanent disability and cover all of the medical bills, repair costs and other bills caused by the crash. If you’re interested in learning more about your legal rights as an accident victim, please contact my firm, Abels & Annes P.C., for a free consultation.