Driver Hit Outside of Vehicle on I-55

The events that proceed a car accident in the Chicago area may not be foreseen by a driver before they happen. Often, things can seem normal as a motorist travels down the road or an expressway and nothing may be of concern. Yet in a moment, all that can change if a mechanical failure, a tire blowout, or another event occurs that makes a vehicle unsafe and that may lead to a collision or other incident, threatening the security of the driver of the car and the passengers that may be riding as well.

Car accidents are no laughing matter and nearly 300,000 of them occur in a typical year in Illinois. Tens of thousands of those incidents result in injuries to at least one person involved and hundreds prove to be fatal. Hundreds of factors may lead to or contribute to an accident and in some cases, those involved may not realize fully all that caused a crash. When in doubt, speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand the contributing factors of your collision and whether you are entitled to financial compensation if you have been hurt. In a typical case, victims can recover for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future damages that result from a Chicago-area car accident.

The Illinois State Police Department was alerted to an unusual incident involving a car accident on I-55 near the King Drive exit yesterday at approximately 1:00 p.m. They have confirmed that a man was operating a passenger car in the area when the vehicle caught fire for reasons that are not clear. The man stopped his vehicle on the side of the expressway and exited the burning car to avoid injuries but unfortunately, another vehicle in the area collided with the man when he was out of his vehicle.

The impact left the drive with significant injuries and required him to be taken to an area hospital by ambulance. At this time, police are unsure who was driving the second vehicle as that driver fled the scene, contrary to and in violation of state law. Anyone with information about the fleeing second driver is asked to contact the State Police.



A car accident can take numerous different forms and, as happened in this incident, can sometimes involve the combination of multiple factors, some of which may occur before others. To fully understand how the law handles the rights of victims involved in these incidents, victims may want to speak with someone with experience.

The personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. have a track record of success when it comes to representing those who have been hurt in Chicago collisions and if a crash has affected your life, we want to help you as well. We have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and that lawyer will offer you a free case consultation without any obligation on your part. Everything discussed will be kept confidential and if we represent you for your injuries, we will not charge you a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf.

When tragedy strikes, make sure you have a fighter on your side. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us go to work for you.

Prior Blog Entry:

Death Toll on Illinois Roads Already High in 2015, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, published March 18, 2015.


Lanes reopen after car fire, hit-and-run crash on I-55 lanes near Lake Shore Drive, Chicago Tribune, published March 19, 2015.

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