Two men have been killed in a fiery Lake Shore Drive car crash in Chicago, according to local authorities.
Lake Shore Drive Car Crash Near Oak Street
The Lake Shore Drive car crash took place near the Oak Street curve just after 3:00 a.m. on September 6, 2020. The Chicago Police Department reports that the vehicle struck a concrete barrier, flipped over onto its side, and burst into flames.
Both people in the vehicle suffered burns to their bodies in the Lake Shore Drive car crash. Emergency responders initially rushed them to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, then to Stroger Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
While at the scene, police officers reportedly found a loaded pistol with an extended magazine next to the burned vehicle. They could not say whether driving under the influence or speeding played a role in the Lake Shore Drive car crash.
Compensation for Passengers in Car Accidents
In Illinois, an injured passenger can seek compensation from the party or parties who are at fault for a car accident. As in other personal injury claims, anyone whose negligence inflicted a passenger’s injuries can be held liable. That can be the driver of the vehicle in which the passenger was traveling, the driver of another vehicle, or other parties still.
For example, if the passenger’s driver was acting negligently and that negligence caused the accident, that driver’s insurance policy could be pursued to compensate the passenger for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Similarly, if another vehicle was involved in the incident, and that driver’s negligence was determined to have caused it, then the passenger could pursue that driver’s insurance policy for damages.
Sometimes there may be more than two vehicles involved. In that case, the passenger could potentially obtain financial compensation from multiple parties, depending on their degrees of negligence. For this reason, it is important for an injured passenger to identify all of the parties who might be at fault for an accident and pursue them in the time allotted by law because failure to do so could forever bar that passenger from getting fully and fairly compensated.
Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Working for You
If you have been wrongfully injured as a passenger, reach out to GWC Injury Lawyers LLC today.
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