What kind of vehicle do you drive, if you choose to drive in Chicago? Is it an older model with limited features but a reliable ride to get you from one place to another? Or is it a newer model with every conceivable safety feature from additional airbags to exterior sensors that detect traffic and adjust the vehicle in response? Regardless of the car you drive, you are still at a risk for being involved in a car accident if you drive in Chicago or anywhere else in the nation. Car accidents take place every day and many of them lead to injuries to the drivers and passengers involved.
Rear-end accidents are more common than many other types of collisions, and fortunately, some of these crashes result only in damage to the cars involved. While it can be distressing to have a damaged car, it is nothing compared to the damage that comes when someone is hurt. Injuries from a collision often range from bruising and soft tissue damage to broken bones to head and neck injuries. In some cases, paralysis may occur or a victim may lose his or her life.
When a car accident happens, numerous officials may be involved in an investigation. Police officers and prosecuting attorneys may review the actions of the drivers involved to determine if a traffic ticket or a criminal charge should be issued. But these officials often work with an at-fault driver and attempt to seek relief for the State of Illinois; rarely do they represent the interests of victims. Instead, Illinois law and the laws of Chicago entitle victims to seek relief outside of any charges that may be issued and this help can be sought through the use of a civil claim for damages. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help you understand your legal options if you have been hurt, including whether you have a valid claim for relief.
Around 2:00 a.m. today, a single-car accident occurred in East Side and left a driver dead, according to local authorities. Officials responded near the 11900 block of South Avenue O and determined that a female driver lost control of her vehicle and left the road’s surface, causing the car to strike a fence and then break through the fence. The impact forced the car to roll over and led to the driver’s death.
While no conclusions have been made, officials do not believe that any other vehicles were involved at this time and they do not think that any passengers were inside the car prior to the impact.
There has been no word on what caused the driver to lose control or whether any outside forces factored into this collision, prompting officials to investigate multiple scenarios into the crash.
Car accidents occur for thousands of reasons, including driver error or mistake, mechanical failure, and poor road designs. But when someone is injured or killed in a crash, the reason for the accident may pale in importance to the relief that the victim or the victim’s family needs and deserves.
The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. have first-hand experience helping these families and representing their interests in a claim for help. If a car accident in the Chicago area or in Illinois has changed your life, we want to help you as well. We believe all victims deserve to learn about their rights and options without any obligation on their part so we offer a free case consultation without obligation to those who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we will work around your schedule and we keep a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day to take your call. We never represent insurance companies and we only represent those who have been hurt by the actions of others, including those hurt in car crashes. If you have been hurt, call us today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Failure to Yield Possible Cause of Wilmington Car Crash, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, published December 1, 2014.
1 dead in crash on Far South Side, by Alexandra Chachkevitch, Chicago Tribune, published December 4, 2014.