An absolutely tragic accident occurred on Thursday evening, which left one person dead and four others critically injured. The accident took place on the Far North Side of Chicago, in the West Rogers Park neighborhood, on the 2900 block of West Howard Street, at the Evanston border.
Reportedly, at least five ambulances were sent to the scene of the crash, according to a media source. Fire officials reported that the injured individuals were taken to Lutheran General Hospital, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston.
The Chicago Tribune reported the crash before all the details were available, but provided one minute and thirty seconds of un-narrated video footage. The footage shows a midsized sedan which looks like it is partially wrapped around a tree, particurlarly in the area where the driver's seat used to be. Additionally, the footage captures the car encircled with police tape, with no other cars nearby, it thus appears to have been a single car crash.
Unfortunately, tragic one-car accidents such as this one are not uncommon in Chicago. They have a variety of potential causes, which can include vehicle malfunctions, inclement weather conditions, unexpected road hazards, and even having to over correct or stop abruptly in order to avoid another collision. Additionally, distracted driving, such as with texting or talking on the phone, or by passengers traveling in the vehicle can also lead to these types of tragedies.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a single car accident, you may be entitled to recover damages incurred as a result of your accident. These damages include things such as medical bills or related costs, any resulting physical or other therapies, pain and suffering, a resulting disability, loss of wages or benefits, and even funeral or other expenses. Under Illinois's laws, even if you believe that you may have been partly to blame for any of your injuries, you may still be able to recover partial financial compensation. Whatever the nature of your injuries or the circumstances surrounding your accident, you should contact an experienced Illinois attorney who is familiar with handling car accident cases in order to discuss your rights.