Chicago car accidents frequently occur. There are many factors that contribute to the number of Chicago car accidents, including a large urban population as well as an extensive road and highway transportation system.
The Chicago metropolitan area is the third-highest population in the United States, with nearly 10 million residents. Given this population, as well as much commuting and congestion, many car accidents occur. In 2018, Chicago had nearly 99,000 crashes, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. This resulted in 24,400 people being injured and 121 people being fatally injured.
Throughout Illinois, in 2018 there were 319,146 total vehicle crashes. This resulted in 67,453 injury crashes, 21.1% of the total. There were 951 fatal crashes, less than 1% of the total.
There are many types of car crashes, and these car crashes can result in a broad range of accident injuries. Such injuries vary in both severity as well as what impact they will have on the injured person's ongoing health.
While many accident injuries will heal over time, some result in what are called permanent injuries. These permanent injuries often result in physical and/or cognitive impairments, which can adversely impact the ongoing quality of life and functionality.
If one is involved in a vehicle accident, there are many steps that should be taken immediately. Safeguarding one's health is of the utmost importance. Medical treatment should be sought immediately in all injury situations. As well, a thorough medical examination should be conducted, in order to identify and assess all injuries stemming from the crash. This medical examination is critical, as it can identify all injuries, even those that may not be immediately apparent after the accident. Some of the most serious medical conditions, including traumatic brain injuries, can take a while to become evident. If serious brain injuries are not immediately identified and properly treated, they can become a life-threatening situation.
In addition to attending to medical issues, those injured in car crashes should also promptly attend to legal issues. If the crash was the fault of another person or entity (such as a company or other legal entity) the injured person may be awarded cash payment for the injuries and other harm that has occurred.
This injury compensation likely will be needed by the injured person, as there are various costs and other financial issues that often result due to being injured. One of the greatest financial burdens is medical costs. These costs, which vary depending upon the injuries involved and the cost of medical treatment, can be very high. Even if one has good health insurance, there can be deductibles, copayments, and partially-covered and non-covered medical expenses that can quickly accrue.
Additional financial pressures can result after someone is hurt in a crash. The person may not be able to work for a time after the crash during the recovery period. If this injury recovery period is long, or the injuries impair the person's ability to return to the same job, there can be a substantial change in income.
Given this need for compensation, as well as other possible reasons, many people injured in a car crash will want to file a personal injury lawsuit. For those accidents in which a fatality occurs, relevant parties can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
The personal injury trial lawyers at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC have allowed many injured people to get the injury compensation they deserve.
For the last 25+ years, our car accident attorneys have been handling lawsuits in Chicago and the greater Chicagoland area. After having handled over 10,0000 lawsuits, we have the experience and knowledge on how to best approach getting our clients the most injury compensation. This experience has led to many accomplishments in court trial litigation.
Being hurt in an automobile accident can have many impacts on one's life and livelihood. In addition to having physical injuries that may require medical care, some victims may be temporarily unable to work, or may never work again. Those injured may be permanently disfigured, or otherwise be permanently injured, and as such may have future medical needs.
We welcome the opportunity to review and discuss your personal injury or wrongful death case. This discussion is a free legal consultation, and is always provided free of charge.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, please call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC, at 773-392-8182.
Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC works on cases on a "contingency basis," meaning that clients pay for services if and when they get monetary compensation.