Nestled between Chicago, Skokie, and Wilmette is Evanston, a modestly-sized community on the North Shore known as a desirable place to call home. To some, Evanston brings to mind Northwestern University which lies within the city’s limits, an institution of learning that is both respected and admired across the nation. To others, it is “E-Town,” a great place to go shopping along Central Street or to grab a bite to eat downtown.
Both Evanston’s past and present are intrinsically linked with that of the City of Chicago for the better and for the worse. While the physical proximity of the two areas has led to a thriving relationship, many of the issues from one spot are able to bleed over to the other and can enable harm to spread as a result.
One prime example of issues faced by both Evanston and Chicago is the prevalence and severity of car accidents that occur in those towns. As Evanston lies within Cook County – the same county as Chicago – many of the enforcement efforts and public educational outreach programs target those who live in both areas.
In 2013, the Illinois Department of Transportation noted 137,271 car accidents within the boundaries of Cook County and many of those happened in Evanston. These collisions ranged from minor fender benders to severe impacts that lead to injuries or even death. Often, those who suffered the most happened to be innocent victims who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading them to suffer due to the actions of another.
Common Injuries Caused by Evanston Car Accidents
Collisions and traffic accidents that happen in and around Evanston are similar to those that happen anywhere in Illinois and can be caused by errors, mistakes, negligence, or even reckless conduct by one or more motorists involved. Some crashes cannot be blamed on a driver but rather are caused by a mechanical failure in one of the vehicles, a defective design in a car or a tire, or even an improper road design that makes driving dangerous. Even collisions that seem to have an obvious cause may in fact be complicated with multiple factors combining prior to an impact and potentially placing the blame on multiple individuals or corporations.
But accident victims may not be concerned with those details initially. The most pressing issue generally are any injuries that were caused by the crash, especially if those injuries are considered life-threatening. Victims may need emergency treatment at a hospital or they may find that their injuries, initially mild, worsen as time passes.
Injuries to the back and/or neck are some of the most common conditions to arise from a car accident. They can include muscle sprains and strains as a result from a violent impact or from being jostled within a car. Other conditions might include a bulging or a herniated disc which can result from sudden forced applied to a victim like that which occurs in a T-bone collision. And yet some victims may suffer from the effects of a fracture or broken bone in their spinal column, a potentially deadly condition that can also cause extreme pain, difficulty breathing, paralysis, and permanent harm.
Broken bones are another common result of car accidents in the Evanston area. While cars, trucks, and vans are great at transporting people from one location to another, they are not good at providing cushioning to those victims in the event of a crash. As a result, drivers and passengers may strike portions of the interior of a vehicle when an impact occurs or, if they are ejected, may come into contact with the ground or other fixed surface. Any type of significant impact with a victim’s body can lead to fractured or broken bones, particularly in the arms, legs, chest, hands, and head.
Cuts and lacerations are also a common result of a collision and may take one of several different forms. While the idea of a cut may sound minor, the reality is far from that as glass shards, pieces of broken metal, and even the contents of a car can all cause lacerations that are serious enough to leave permanent scarring or even to cause death.
Legal Relief for Victims of Evanston Car Accidents
If you have been involved in a car accident in Evanston, Illinois and you were injured, you are protected by laws within the state that may entitle you to bring a civil claim for your damages. These claims are separate and distinct from any actions that may be initiated against an at-fault driver by police or other local authorities including traffic citations and/or criminal charges. The right to bring a civil claim for injuries belongs to a victim and cannot be barred or prevented by an at-fault driver.
Speaking with a personal injury attorney at Abels & Annes, P.C. can help you realize whether you have a valid claim, and if so, what relief you may be entitled to if your life was affected by a crash. We have a licensed lawyer available to take your call 24/7 toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO (529-2442) or locally at (312) 924-7575 and there is no obligation for speaking with us. We will provide you with a free, confidential case consultation regardless of when you call and we will help you understand the legal implications of your crash.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we never charge our clients a fee unless we are successful in obtaining a financial recovery in their cases and we advance all case-related costs. We fight for the best outcome in every case we handle and we only represent injury victims – never insurance companies. If you have questions or if you are in need of help, call us today or contact us online and let us get to work for you.
If you have been injured in an Evanston car accident, call us at(312) 924-7575 or Contact Us online for a free case consultation.