A 57-year-old Albany Park woman was recently killed in a single-vehicle wreck on North Elston Avenue in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. According to News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro, the woman was headed north around 9 pm when the Nissan van she was driving left the roadway and struck a pole. After hitting the pole, the van reportedly stuck a tree as well. Paramedics transported the woman to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she died less than an hour after the crash.
The exact cause of the one-vehicle accident is currently under investigation. Alfaro said investigators are working to determine what caused the woman’s automobile to leave the roadway. It is reportedly unclear whether she was wearing a safety belt at the time of the incident. In addition, Alfaro stated the woman was the only passenger in the van and no one else was hurt in the fatal traffic wreck.
Regrettably, tragic one-car accidents like this one happen all too often throughout Chicago. A malfunctioning motor vehicle, inclement weather conditions, unexpected hazards in the road, and even swerving in order to avoid another collision may potentially cause a single-vehicle traffic accident. In addition, a distracted, careless, or impaired motorist can also cause such a wreck. In 2011, over half of the 918 fatal traffic crashes that occurred across the State of Illinois involved only one motor vehicle. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that most of those one-car traffic wrecks occurred in urban areas like Chicago.
If you were hurt or a close family member was killed in a single-vehicle or other traffic accident, you may be eligible to recover damages related to the cost of your medical care, pain and suffering, physical therapy, any resulting disability, lost wages and benefits, funeral expenses, and more. In fact, you may be able to receive financial damages for any harm you sustained in a Chicago automobile crash even if you were partially to blame for your injuries. If you were wounded in a Chicago traffic wreck, you should contact a skilled lawyer to discuss your options for recovery.
If you were hurt or a loved one died in a one-car or other traffic accident in Chicago, please contact the dedicated attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. Our experienced Chicago Metro car accident lawyers are available 24 hours per day, seven days of the week to answer your questions and help you file your personal injury or wrongful death claim. Our hardworking attorneys have years of experience advocating on behalf of clients who were injured by a negligent motorist throughout the Chicago area. To speak with a committed car accident lawyer, please give the attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. a call at (312) 475-9596.
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