Mutli-vehicle crashes are dangerous and often result in pile-ups, resulting in road blockage and shut-downs and serious personal injuries. The accidents can become more likely in the Chicago area during these winter months. This is especially true when not all drivers are exercising the extra caution needed in snowy and icy conditions. Even minor negligence is nothing to turn away from and can cause serious motor vehicle accidents and personal injuries.
The negligence of others can even impact the most innocent of victims. Recently, according to CBS Chicago, a child was among the injured victims in a multi-vehicle crash on the Chicago Skyway. Two semi trucks and three vehicles collided on I-90 by 68th street. When trucks are involved in pile-ups, the consequences of the accident can be even more severe due to the size and force of a semi. Injuries in this incident were severe enough that five ambulances had to be called to the scene to tend to victims and transport them to local hospitals. The pile-up was large enough to close all inbound lanes of the Skyway.
Injuries to children are an important issue, as motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Just in 2010, more than 1200 children under 14 years old died as passengers in motor vehicle crashes. 171,000 children were injured. Even though you cannot stop the negligence of others on the road, it is imperative to do all that you can to lessen the risk of fatal injury for your child. Be sure to place children in car seats to lessen the risk of serious injury or death. Doing so can reduce serious injuries by more than half.
Injuries to children can be especially for the family, as children do not often have the emotional maturity or knowledge to understand the depth of the situation that caused their injuries or to grasp how severe their own physical injuries are. If you are the parent or caregiver of a child that has been seriously injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, you understand how difficult it is to both care for the child and to help the child understand the trauma he/she has been through. However, you do not have to be alone in advocating for your child. Our accident attorneys can help you and your child through the legal process to obtain the compensation deserved for the physical and emotional suffering.