Around 10:30 pm on the northbound Tri-State Tollway a car crashed into the back of a large semi-truck. This initial accident was close to 159th Street near Markham. Initial reports indicate that there were not any serious injuries in this initial crash. However, as so frequently occurs, the initial accident caused a second accident.
Another car was traveling behind the vehicles that caused the first crash. That second vehicle swerved to avoid the first accident, but was unable to properly maneuver out of the way. The second car ultimately smashed into the rear passenger side of the first vehicle. The impact was intense, causing significant damage to the vehicle and those inside. A 23-year old passenger in the second car was pronounced dead at the scene, while both drivers were taken to local hospitals with serious injuries. The semi driver was not injured.
An investigation is on-going. Of course, Chicago injury lawsuits often arise out of these types of accidents. The law of negligence typically holds an individual accountable for the consequences of their misguided actions. For example, whoever acted in a way that fell below a reasonable standard of care may be liable for all of the damages (personal and physical) that occurred as a result of these different accidents. Even if they are separated in time, a court may find that one proximately caused the other.
Our Chicago truck accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti are experts in dealing with the legal affairs following these tragic cases. We encourage all those who suffer in these events to protect their legal rights. It is impossible to know the legal outcome of a case before an investigation is properly conducted. However, it is appropriate to take proactive steps to ensure that all affairs are competently handled following these tragedies.
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