The Telegraph reported today on a tragic car accident that has sent a mother and her three young children to the hospital with serious injuries. Emergency authorities report that the woman was driving Tuesday afternoon on Illinois 255 with her 4 year old daughter, 2 year old son, and 5 month old son when she came upon metal debris in the road. To avoid the debris the woman swerved out of the way. The maneuver caused her SUV to careen out of control. It ultimately crossed the median, rolling over and landed on the opposite side of the highway. The 4 year old was ejected from the vehicle in the roll-over. After coming to a stop, the SUV was then hit by a northbound utility truck. All four family members were rushed to various medical facilities in serious conditions.
This case illustrates the importance of contacting an Illinois car accident lawyer to help work through the possible legal implications of the accident. For example, most car crash lawsuits are negligence actions, meaning they allege that an individual owed a duty of care to his or her fellow drivers but breached that duty causing injury.
Depending on the circumstances there are many ways that the duty of care could be breached. In many cases it is obvious-like when a truck driver is drunk or drifts into an oncoming lane of traffic. However, more subtle acts of negligence are capable of causing just as much harm. In this case, the vehicle that allowed the debris to fall onto the road may have acted unreasonably. It is highly forseeable that dangerous material left on a high-speed roadway might lead to a traffic accident. Knowing that the risk is there, it is likely negligent for anyone to do something that creates the risk.
Our Chicago car crash attorneys at Levin & Perconti know that proper investigations are imperative when it comes to understanding the various legal obligations of those involved in traffic accidents. If you or someone you know is ever involved in one of these accidents be sure to seek out legal help to learn about the ways that the law protects injured victims.
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