Three people were seriously injured, and two more were also taken to local hospitals for treatment, following a four car collision that occurred last week near Palos Hills. According to authorities, the four vehicles were all traveling northbound on LaGrange Road, and crashed into each other near 107th Street.
The cause of the crash has not been determined, but authorities described it as a “bumper-to-bumper” crash. The Cook County sheriff’s police towed the vehicles away, and are currently conducting an investigation. The nearby surrounding area is a forest preserve.
Car crashes in and around the Chicago area are probably more common than you may think. According to statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation, based on data collected in 2011, there were:
A commonly reported statement used to ease the minds of anxious flyers, is the fact that you are more likely to die in a car accident than in a plane crash. In Illinois, and in many– if not all– states across the country, car accidents remain the leading killer of 15-24 year olds. Comparing the numbers against time, an average of one person dies every ten hours in a car accident within our state, and someone is injured in a vehicle accident approximately every six and a half minutes.
Obtaining help from a qualified and experienced car accident lawyer, especially when an injury has happened, is critical. If your injury causes you to delay too long, or if you fail to fully understand what you are entitled to, you may waive your rights. Also, in some cases, soft tissue damage may not fully manifest itself in full blown injuries until months later. This is especially true for neck and back injuries. If you settle too quickly, you may potentially forego receiving compensation for things like physical therapy reimbursements that may occur after the hasty settlement has been finalized.
Additionally, important evidence may be forgotten, damaged, or destroyed. Your attorney can bear the burden of handling the various components to a successful case, so that you can focus on healing. Hiring an attorney at the outset insures that nothing has been overlooked, allowing you the ability to not have to worry about the legal issues and deadlines related to your claim.
If you have been in a car accident and suffered an injury, or someone you love has been injured or killed in a vehicle accident, contact the Illinois car accident attorneys at Abels & Annes. With many years of experience in representing Chicago area car accident victims, we will work with you to make sure you understand your rights and potential remedies. We strive to help our clients obtain fair and complete compensation for the damages incurred and any injuries they have suffered. Call us today in order to schedule your initial complimentary consultation. You can reach us at (312) 924-7575 or through our website.
More Blog Posts:
Illinois Senate Votes to Increase Highway Speed Limit to 70, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, published April 25, 2013
Rear-End Collision with Semi Leaves Chicagoan Dead, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, published April 19, 2013