In 2013, there were 895 fatal car crashes across the state of Illinois, according to research by the Illinois Department of Transportation. These wrecks caused 954 fatalities, which is an increase from previous years. Police suggest that the proliferation of smartphones and other modern distractions have contributed to the increase in fatal accidents.
While these figures are lower than other U.S. states, they are still a cause for concern. A serious or fatal car crash can leave a lasting impact on victims and their loved ones. Fortunately, if you have been injured in a car accident, you may be able to recover damages to pay for medical bills and lost wages.
At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, we specialize in personal injury matters, and we will assign a specialist Chicago injury lawyer to your case. To schedule an appointment with a member of our team, call us today at (800)-985-1819.
Car Crash Injures Chicago Police Officers
The Chicago Tribune reports that two Chicago police officers sustained serious injuries, and another person suffered minor injuries, in a car crash late Saturday night. Police say the two officers were driving east in a police SUV on Irving Park Road with sirens and lights activated. They were responding to a request from another officer for assistance.
A car travelling in the opposite direction crashed into the police vehicle at high speed. The officers’ SUV left the roadway and crashed into a light post.
One of the police officers broke multiple bones, and emergency workers transported him to the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition. The other went to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for treatment. Though they were both in serious condition, their injuries are not life threatening.
The driver of the other car suffered no major injuries but received treatment at a nearby hospital. Police cited the driver for failure to give way to an emergency vehicle and for not having proof of insurance at the time of the crash.
Car Crashes Into Parked Vehicles
CBS Chicago reports that a man is in serious condition after he crashed into four vehicles in a Chicago neighborhood. The 31-year-old was driving in the early hours of the morning when—for no apparent reason—he left his lane and crashed into the vehicles alongside the road.
Emergency workers responded to the scene and transported the driver to Advocate Christ Medical Center. He was in serious condition. Police are still investigating the incident, and it is not clear if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.
If you or a member of your family sustains serious car crash injuries, you may be able to recover damages. Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates are expert personal injury lawyers based in Chicago. We can meet with you and discuss your case to determine if you have a legitimate claim. To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Chicago personal-injury attorney, call us today at (800)-985-1819.