Experiencing a motor vehicle accident firsthand can be an overwhelming event. In addition to the injuries, damages and other losses that a victim may suffer in the car collision, a person who is involved in an auto accident will often have to work through insurance claims, seek time off from work and secure other resources during his recovery. Depending upon the severity of car accidents, individuals may also expect to have to speak to law enforcement authorities about their experiences either as victims or as suspected negligent drivers.
Three Chicago police officers found themselves on the other side of a car accident investigation when they were involved in an evening crash. The law enforcement officials were traveling in a police vehicle on 87th Street when they collided with another vehicle at the road’s intersection with South Loomis Boulevard. The officers were turning right when the incident occurred. All three officers suffered injuries, as did a passenger in the other driver’s car. The driver of the non-police vehicle was received multiple citations related to the crash.
All three officers are now in stable condition but each may have unique struggles to overcome as they recover from their accident injuries. Even apparently minor crashes can leave victims with lingering pain and anxiety, both of which can make it difficult to get back to living their daily lives. As these officer victims begin working toward getting back to their normal lives they may confront accident-related challenges that they did not initially experience or anticipate.
From minor collisions to life-threatening multi-vehicle crashes, car accidents are difficult incidents to go through. Individuals who are struggling to get their lives back on track after becoming victims of auto accidents may have the right to seek compensation for their damages. Doing so could go a long ways in helping accident victims recover, both physically and financially.
Source: NBC Chicago, “4 Injured, Including 3 Chicago Police Officers, in South Side Car Crash,” Michelle Relerford, Dec. 11, 2014