If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you will probably recognize the phrase: “when you get behind the wheel, you are assuming responsibility for not only yourself, but for everyone else on the road as well.” We use it a lot, but unfortunately, safe and responsible drivers are injured in automobile accidents far too often. You can check your blind spots, be cognizant of pedestrians, and obey the speed limit, but if you are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, the negligent and reckless actions of another person have the potential to injure you and everyone else in your vehicle. Earlier this week, a 5-vehicle accident in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood illustrated just how many people a single driver can affect.
According to preliminary reports from a Police News Affairs Officer, 11 individuals were injured in the early morning crash, which happened at roughly 2:15 a.m. at the intersection of West Armitage and North Western Avenue. The victims were taken to nearby St. Mary’s Hospital and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment; none of the injuries were life threatening. At the present time, further information about the accident has not been released. (Chicago Tribune)
On average, there are upwards of 6 million motor vehicle accidents in the United States every year, injuring more than 3 million people. Some 2 million of these injuries prove to be permanent, and victims must deal with the debilitating consequences for the rest of their lives. It is often said that car accidents can be avoided by drivers acting more responsibly, but the truth is that sometimes you have no control over who you share the road with, and an accident can happen to even the most responsible person. If you are seriously injured in an auto accident, it can mean having to take time off of work, and a lack of a paycheck can be pretty scary when faced with mounting medical bills and insurance costs. (LawCore)
Our lawyers believe that drivers should never be left on the hook for the accrued costs of a car accident they could not have prevented. We have spent more than 20 years fighting for the rights of clients injured in negligent and reckless car accidents, and in that time we have gained experience that is crucial in understanding the intricacies of Illinois personal injury law. We will work with you and your family to make sure that you are taken care of, and we will ensure that drivers who put other motorists at risk are held accountable for their actions.
If you have been the victim of a wrongful injury, give our lawyers a call for a free consultation to explore your legal options.