Excessive speed is one of the most common causes of fatal Illinois car accidents, as vehicles traveling substantially over the posted speed limit are more difficult to control, placing law-abiding drivers in serious jeopardy of injury or death. If excessive speed is the cause or a contributing factor in an Illinois car accident, the at-fault driver can be held accountable for the damages through an Illinois personal injury lawsuit. A local news report discusses a recent speed-related Chicago car accident involving four vehicles that left at least three people injured and one dead.
High-Speed Results in Dangerous Consequences
According to the news report, the early morning accident was triggered by the driver of a Chrysler 300 who was traveling at an excessive rate of speed in the northbound lanes and struck another vehicle. After the initial collision, the Chrysler spun into the southbound lanes and was hit by two additional vehicles. Paramedics were called to the scene, where the driver of the Chrysler was pronounced dead, and three other individuals were transported to local hospitals with minor to serious injuries.
Determining Liability for a Multi-Vehicle Crash
In urban settings with heavy traffic like Chicago, an initial collision is often followed by more crashes involving multiple vehicles. Victims of these chain reaction accidents may be confused as to the party that is financially responsible for their injuries and property loss. As a general rule, the party who was negligent in causing the initial collision is responsible for all of the damage and injuries that occur as a causal result of that collision, however, it may not always be that simple. If multiple drivers are negligent in contributing to a multi-vehicle crash, an injured party may be entitled to compensation from each of the negligent parties. This can be relevant when a multi-vehicle crash results in several serious injuries or deaths and the total amount of insurance coverage for a negligent party is insufficient to cover all of the damages incurred by the accident.
Seeking Damages for Injuries Related to an Accident
Drivers, passengers, and pedestrians who are injured as a result of the negligence of another driver are entitled to compensation for their injuries, as well as for pain and suffering and other losses relating to the crash. The negligent drivers can be held accountable through an Illinois personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, which can be pursued with the help of an Illinois car accident attorney. The qualified Illinois personal injury lawyers with Abels & Annes, P.C. have successfully settled hundreds Illinois car accident lawsuits, and are not afraid to pursue a claim to trial if a settlement offer is unfair. After consulting and retaining an attorney from Abels & Annes, P.C., our clients do not need to worry about negotiating with multiple insurance companies and worrying about who should be held accountable for their loss. Our compassionate and skilled lawyers will take care of the complicated legal issues surrounding your case and allow you to focus on recovering from your injuries and getting your life back to normal. For a free consultation with one of our Illinois accident attorneys, call our offices at (312)924-7575 or sign up using our online form today.