There are many ways that people could be hurt in Illinois. Miles of lakefront can come with water hazards, especially during bad weather and several vital industries could come with workplace injuries due to accidents. But the road is among the most common places to be hurt or killed.
A recent crash on Interstate 70 near Effingham is a sadly familiar story regarding the consequences of a disturbance on the road. Three people were injured when the car they were traveling was struck from the rear by a tractor-trailer after they had slowed down due to the scene of an accident in front of them.
The 49-year-old female driver of the car was transported to a local hospital, along with a 49-year-old male passenger and a 43-year-old female passenger. An investigation is pending on the accident, which was complicated by a hit-and-run implication. Several tractor-trailers were stopped near the scene at the time, but no drivers stopped to take responsibility for the accident or offer reports on it.
Regardless of criminal charges related to negligence of leaving the scene of an accident, the driver may be liable for financial damages to help the victims of the accident recover from their injuries. Punitive damages to discourage future negligence and special coverage of pain and emotional distress may also be available in settlements or jury verdicts.
An attorney can help look at specific incidents involving personal injury and help build a case for damages. Legal representation can be very helpful in difficult times after an unexpected injury and help people get on the road to recovery.