On behalf of Mike Clancy
A car accident occurring in the early hours of Monday morning injured six people, according to the Illinois State Police. The crash occurred on the Tri-State Highway (I-294) near Elmhurst, and involved a Ford SUV and a BMW sedan. Authorities believe that the BMW made an improper lane change and struck the SUV, causing it to lose control and crash into the median. The SUV rolled over several times before coming to rest.
Fortunately, no one in the SUV was killed, although they all suffered serious injuries. Three children in the SUV, including a 12-year-old girl, a six-year-old boy and a 4-year-old boy were all taken with their parents to local hospitals to treat substantial injuries.
The driver of the BMW was also taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The tollway was closed for nearly an hour as police cleared debris and collected evidence. The accident is still under investigation and no citations have been issued.
The criminal implications are important because of how they can affect civil liability after an accident. Essentially, if a driver is found guilty of a traffic violation that is a proximate cause of an accident, this can be used as evidence to show that he or she failed to use reasonable care while behind the wheel, and that such failure led to the injuries suffered.
With the holiday weekend ending, it is expected that news or more injury accidents will occur. If you have been involved in a car crash and have questions about yiour rights, an experienced personal injury attorney can help.
Source: ChicagoTribune, Six injured, including three kids in tollway accident, September 2, 2013
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Tollway accident injures six people