Every year, Illinois takes steps to make the roads safer and to increase precautionary measures to decrease the number of car accidents that occur annually. Despite all these changes, though, collisions continue to occur and more than 250,000 collisions occurred in 2011 alone. Many of those crashes resulted in injuries to the drivers and passengers involved while others left pedestrians, bicyclists, or even motorcyclists hurt.
Most car accidents take place because one or more drivers involved make an error or fail to act safely. Under the law, this conduct may be considered negligent and may lead to legal implications for an at-fault driver. In addition to a traffic ticket or other charge, a responsible driver may be forced to bear the financial responsibility for all damages that result. These can include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other losses, depending on the specific facts of a crash. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago may help you understand your options for relief if you have been injured or if your loved one has been hurt in a crash.
Police in Chicago were alerted to a collision involving two cars near the West Ohio Street Ramp that leads to the Kennedy Expressway around 2:00 a.m. this morning. Police have not confirmed the number of people inside those two vehicles but they have reported that emergency crews on the scene evaluated three individuals and transported them to area hospitals for treatment. Though they are all expected to survive, the current conditions and the nature of the injuries sustained have not been disclosed at this time.
The ramp at issue leads to the southbound Kennedy Expressway and the collision caused some temporary traffic problems in the area. All lanes are reportedly clear at this time.
While it has been confirmed that two vehicles collided, police have not disclosed what caused the crash pending the outcome of their own investigation. That outcome may determine whether any traffic citations will be issued or whether any motorist involved will face criminal charges for this collision.
Car accidents happen in Chicago every day of the year, and many of these collisions involve more than one vehicle. With a greater number of cars involved and a larger number of passengers in each vehicle comes an increased possibility that one or more individuals will be hurt in the collision, whether those injuries are minor or severe.
Relief can be possible for victims of these accidents if the crashes occur within the state of Illinois but relief must be sought within a time period specified by law. Victims who do not bring a claim in a manner deemed timely will be barred, or forever prevented from seeking relief.
If a car accident has affected your life, call the personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today for a free case consultation regarding your accident and your rights. We offer a no obligation consultation with a licensed lawyer to all injury victims who contact us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we only represent injury victims and we never represent insurance companies, and if you have been hurt, we want to represent you. Call us today and let us fight for the best possible outcome in your case, regardless of the type of collision that injured you. Our legal team is here to help.
Prior Blog Entry:
Bob Avellini, former Bears Quarterback, Sentenced to Prison for Repeat Drunk Driving Charge, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, published November 20, 2014.
3 people hurt in wrong-way crash on Ohio ramp to Kennedy, by Alexandra Chachkevitch, Chicago Tribune, published November 24, 2014.