Injury Lawyer News: Chicago May Settle Car Accident Lawsuit
Personal Injury - May 5, 2014
Negligent driving is one of the most destructive activities on American roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 421,000 people suffered injuries in accidents with distracted drivers in 2012.
That number doesn’t even take into account other forms of negligent driving, including drowsy driving, drunk driving and speeding. Almost all personal-injury lawsuits that result from car accidents allege that another motorist’s negligent behavior caused the accident and, therefore, the injuries. However, other parties are sometimes included.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Edwin Hill was waiting at a bus station on his way to Chicago State University for a night class when a car accident changed his life. A passing driver lost control while crossing a patch of ice and struck Hill where he was standing on the sidewalk.
At first glance, the crash may seem like a tragic yet entirely weather-related accident; however, Hill discovered that a leaking water main created the slick of ice, possibly placing the blame on the city.
Hill Filed a Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Chicago
After the accident, paramedics rushed Hill to the emergency room. To save his life, doctors had to amputate his leg below the knee. Hill was only 24 years old at the time.
Business owners who operate near the site of the accident report that they’ve complained to the city multiple times about the leaks, proving that officials knew about the hazard but did not remedy it.
Understandably, the city is not eager for the case to go to trial and is reportedly considering a $5 million settlement. Filing a personal injury lawsuit against a government agency is more complicated than, say, filing one against an individual or corporation, so anyone considering such a claim should contact a Chicago negligence lawyer as soon as possible.
If you believe that a negligent driver is to blame for your injuries, don’t wait to call us to speak with an experienced injury lawyer. At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, our family has been helping Chicago residents with their legal needs since 1924.
We offer all of our new clients a free consultation, so you can ask all of your initial questions without paying a dime. To arrange a consultation with a Chicago injury lawyer from our firm, call us today at (312) 372-8822.
Another University Student Was Involved in a Serious Car Accident
Over the weekend, another student, this time from the University of Chicago Law School, was involved in a negligent driving accident. CBS News reports that 26 year-old Laura Anne LaPlante died after suffering serious injuries in a late night crash.
At approximately 2 a.m., the driver of an SUV crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming taxi carrying LaPlante and another student. Police believe that the driver of the SUV was intoxicated at the time.
Paramedics took the taxi driver and the other student to the hospital, where doctors listed them in critical condition. Police filed charges against the other driver, who could also face personal-injury lawsuits from both victims.
If you’ve suffered serious injuries in an accident with a drunk or otherwise negligent driver, we can help you seek the compensation that you need to address your injuries. To learn more, call 312-372-8822 to schedule a consultation with an injury lawyer from our firm.