Wrecks that occur on highways late at night or early in the morning can be more serious than day-time wrecks, as many are caused by fatigued drivers and involve high rates of speed and slower response times. Additionally, car accidents that involve vehicles bursting into flames usually result in fatalities. Miraculously, this was not the case for a driver who allegedly caused a recent Illinois crash.
Early on Sunday, April 24, a van was observed driving extremely quickly and erratically through traffic on a Chicago highway. Police state that the van crossed the center line and hit another vehicle. The van then flew over a bridge and caught fire upon landing.
The driver and passenger in the van were fortunately pulled out of the burning car by two passing good Samaritans. The passenger had not fastened his seat belt, and he was actually rescued from the rear of the van. Both occupants of the van and the driver of the car that was initially struck were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with critical injuries.
Seeking legal counsel may benefit those involved in similar accidents. Many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means there are no up-front costs required for clients. Payment is rendered to the attorneys only when and if settlements are reached.
In this case, it is not clear what caused the driver of the van to drive with such speed and recklessness. It may benefit those involved in similar car accidents to contact Illinois lawyers. They could be in the best position to guide victims through the process of filing civil claims against the parties liable for both physical and material damages as a result of such wrecks.
Source: abc7chicago.com, "3 critically injured in fiery Pulaski crash", April 24, 2016