A single car accident on the South Side of Chicago just before 9:00 p.m. on Saturday night has resulted in the death of it’s driver and severe injuries to three passengers, according to WBBM News Radio. The SUV, a Chevy Blazer, crashed into a viaduct. The vehicle was moving northbound on South California Avenue, just south of its intersection with West 31st Street at the time of the accident. At least two of the men involved in the accident were reportedly trapped in the SUV. The viaduct, which is just north of the Chicago River, supports railroad tracks.
Emergency crews responded to the scene where they found the SUV wrapped around the support of the viaduct and they then extracted two of the occupants. The driver and one passenger were transported to Mount Sinai Hospital. The other two passengers were taken to Stroger Hospital. The driver was pronounced dead a short time after the accident. The passengers were reportedly in critical condition.
From the perspective of a Chicago personal injury attorney, it has been my experience that passengers riding in an at fault vehicle sometimes mistakenly believe that they do not have a claim. For example, in the above case, while it is tragic that the driver past away, the three injured passengers can still make a claim against the driver’s insurance company. Further, because all three passengers’ injuries were severe, the driver may not have enough insurance to cover the loss. If that is the case, the passengers will have the right to make an under-insured motorist claim against their own insurance policies.
Attorneys from our firm often handle and successfully resolve injury cases resulting from injuries to car accident passengers. Just today our law firm interviewed a passenger who suffered severe lacerations as a passenger in a Chicago auto accident. Unfortunately, the client has significant injuries and there is only minimum insurance coverage of $20,000 available.
If you are a driver or a passenger that has been injured in an auto accident, please contact Abels & Annes for a free consultation.