Man Survives Fall into Chicago River after Car Accident
Personal Injury - January 22, 2015
The Chicago Tribune reports that a man fell into the Chicago River after a car crash on Congress Parkway. Police say a red Ford sedan collided with a Lexus SUV just after 8 p.m. When one of the drivers stopped to ask if the other driver was ok, he fell into the Chicago River below.
The Chicago Fire Department arrived on the scene and rescued the man from the river. In total, he was in the water for approximately 15 minutes.
Emergency workers transported the man to a nearby hospital for treatment. The woman in the other vehicle denied treatment for minor injuries. The man sustained critical injuries, according to the local fire department.
What Are My Options If I Am in a Car Crash?
A car accident can leave serious injuries that may impact you and your family for a lifetime. The emotional, physical and financial effects of a car crash can be devastating. Fortunately, there are laws that protect the rights of accident victims.
A Chicago personal-injury lawyer can assess your case to determine if you may be eligible for compensation. You may be able to recover damages from the at-fault party to pay for medical expenses and lost wages.
At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, we provide each client with the individual attention that their case deserves. Our track-record of successful case outcomes speaks for itself. Call us today at (800)-985-1819 to schedule an appointment.
Here is another Chicago accident story that is making headlines in Illinois:
Driver Narrowly Misses Crash with Train
ABC7 reports that a driver had a very close call with a train in Chicago. New video footage shows a female driver move into the path of a Metra train before miraculously escaping just in time.
The woman, 78-year-old Patricia Vitale, survived the crash, but the footage reveals that the car is completely wrecked. Officials say the weather may have played a role in the crash; icy conditions drastically increased the stopping distance for both the train and the vehicle. The footage indicates that the train driver may have seen the vehicle, but he could not avoid the collision.
The 78-year-old driver suffered serious injuries. She remains in intensive care at a nearby hospital.
How Common Are Car Crashes in Chicago?
Few people realize how common car crashes are in the Windy City. City Data reports that there were 109 fatal accidents in 2011. These involved 161 vehicles. In total, these crashes killed 119 people.
Even minor car accidents can cause serious injuries. An unexpected collision can turn a victim’s life entirely upside down, but recovering compensation from the at-fault party may help ease some of the burden.
If you were the victim of a car crash, call a Chicago personal-injury attorney to learn your rights. An Illinois auto injury attorney from Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates will evaluate your case to determine if filing a lawsuit is a smart option. Contact us at (800)-985-1819 today to schedule an appointment.