Two women died recently in a single-vehicle crash in the western suburb of Lyons. According to the Lyons Fire Department, the two women were traveling in a sport utility vehicle (SUV) on Harlem Avenue in Lyons when the driver unexpectedly lost control of the vehicle. The SUV reportedly went off of an overpass and fell more than 50 feet onto Canal Bank Drive in neighboring Forest View. A 37-year-old woman and a 36-year-old woman were both killed in the single-car crash.
The Lyons Police Department is currently investigating the exact cause of the deadly traffic wreck. The Illinois State Police is reportedly assisting with the investigation. No additional details regarding the collision are available at this time.
Tragic single-car accidents like this one occur often throughout the Chicago Metro. Flat tires, swerving to avoid a wreck, malfunctioning automobiles, road hazards, and weather are common causes for single-vehicle accidents. In 2011, 532 people were killed in single-car wrecks across the State of Illinois. This means over half of the 918 fatal crashes that occurred throughout the state involved only one motor vehicle. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that most of those crashes occurred in cities like Chicago.
A passenger who was hurt in a single-car crash that was caused by a distracted or impaired motorist may be entitled to receive compensation for his or her injuries from the driver. In certain situations, an automobile manufacturer, a city, and others may also be held responsible for the injuries that resulted from a one-vehicle collision.
If you were injured through no fault of your own in any automobile wreck, you may be eligible to collect damages for your medical costs, any required physical therapy, pain and suffering, disability, lost wages and benefits, and more. Additionally, since Illinois is a comparative negligence accident state you may be able to recover for a percentage of any harm you sustained in a traffic wreck even if you were somehow partially to blame. If you lost a loved one in an unfortunate single car accident like this one, you may also be entitled to recover for wrongful death. If you have questions about your right to recovery after an injury accident, you should contact a skilled car crash attorney as soon as you are able.
If you were harmed or a family member was killed in a single-vehicle or other automobile collision, please give the lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. a call at (312) 475-9596 today. Our experienced Chicago car accident attorneys are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week to answer your questions and help you file your personal injury or wrongful death claim. Our dedicated lawyers have years of experience advocating on behalf of clients who were hurt in unexpected accidents throughout Chicago. To speak with a committed personal injury attorney today, do not hesitate to contact Abels & Annes, P.C. through our website.
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