There are all kinds of ways to approach your morning commute into Chicago. Some live in the city and have the luxury of walking. Many take the train or their own vehicle or car-pool into the city. Still yet, some bike, especially when the temperatures are fair in the summer and fall months.
One minute you're driving along, all is normal and right and, in the next split second, your life and the life of your loved ones changes in an instant. That's how quick a car accident can impact your life. Here is what to consider if you believe your own or a loved one's injury may be lasting and could be attributed to another's negligence.
The thought of two cars colliding causes shivers up your spine. While that situation can absolutely end in fatalities and serious injuries, there is another type of vehicle collision that has the probability for the most severe injuries. Those accidents are the result of a collision between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle. Because of their sheer size and weight, commercial trucks are held to different liability standards than the average passenger vehicle. So, what does this mean if you or a loved one has been killed or seriously injured in a truck accident?
Knowing what to do after an unexpected car accident can make all the difference for victims. What victims do following a car accident can be important for their health and preserve important legal protections that can help them with medical expenses, lost wages during the recovery process and pain and suffering damages.
Unfortunately, car accidents occur every day, which is why it is important to keep in mind that legal protections are available to car accident victims.
This blog recently discussed that hit-and-run accidents are on the rise. A fatal hit-and run accident in Chicago recently killed one man and injured four others. The 21-year old female driver of the vehicle that struck the victims was arrested following the accident. The woman was charged with one count of leaving the scene of a fatal car accident and four counts of leaving the scene of a car accident that resulted in serious injury.
Hit-and-run accidents can have significant and devastating consequences for victims. According to research done by AAA, hit-and-run accidents are at an all-time high. In fact, it is reported that there is a hit-and-run accident in the United States every minute. In addition, hit-and-run accidents are resulting in a greater number of fatalities. During 2016, there were 2,000 hit-and-run deaths throughout the country and 65 of those occurred in Illinois. Many victims are pedestrians and bicyclists.
A recent truck accident in Lena injured three victims and caused the driver of the truck to be cited by authorities. While traffic slowed for construction, a semi-truck failed to do so and struck an SUV, which caused a chain reaction that resulted in four vehicles being struck in total. Three people suffered serious injuries in the truck accident. The driver of the semi-truck was cited for driving too fast for the conditions.
Legal options are available to victims of truck accidents to protect them from the unexpected damages they may suffer. Truck accidents can result in serious harm and damages greater than those suffered in a passenger vehicle accident. While the consequences of a passenger vehicle accident can be serious, a truck accident have a higher likelihood of resulting in catastrophic injuries and damages.
A recent study confirmed what many Cook County, Illinois, residents already know intuitively, which is that a person who is using his or her cell phone behind the wheel stands a greater chance of getting in to a car accident than someone who is driving free of distractions.