On average, there are a little more than 6 million car accidents on United States roadways each year. With numbers like that it is not surprising that for most people, getting behind the wheel of a car is the most dangerous thing they do on any given day. While the majority of these car accidents could be avoided simply by practicing responsible driving, we don’t live in a perfect world, and things don’t always work out that way.
On Christmas day, an SUV traveling the wrong way down a Logan Square street caused an accident that killed a 67-year old woman. According to authorities, the woman was a passenger in the back seat of a Volkswagen Golf, which was being driven by her 25-year-old daughter at the time of the crash. The Golf was heading south when its passengers noticed the northbound Chevrolet Blazer barreling toward them. Despite trying to avoid the Blazer by swerving, the SUV struck the vehicle’s passenger side. The woman and her daughter were both taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, were the former was pronounced dead just after 5 a.m. At the time of this article, the condition of the daughter is not yet clear. (Chicago Tribune)
Because of reckless actions like this, 40,000 people die on roadways annually. When a motorist does not practice responsible driving, or acts recklessly, they not only put themselves in danger, they put everyone else in danger as well. In addition to car accident fatalities, these accidents injure more than 3 million people, and roughly 2 million of these people will never fully recover. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Our clients and their families reflect a wide variety of personal injury and Illinois car accident victims. Once people become victims of negligent or reckless driving accidents, they can be hospitalized for months, and are often forced to miss significant amounts of work. This makes the medical costs associated with their accidents all the more distressing; costs that accumulate too many billions of dollars each year across the country.
From a recent record $4.7 million dollar wrongful death settlement for the family who had their wife and mother killed by a reckless driver, to the $2.07 million compensation we recovered for a woman who suffered serious injuries in much the same way, our Chicago car accident lawyers have a history of fighting for the rights of our clients. We work very hard to ensure that our clients and their families will never be crippled by events that they had no control over.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a reckless or negligent driver, it can be life changing. Our attorneys can help, and give you the peace of mind you deserve.