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6-car wreck sends adults and kids to area hospitals

A six-car collision injured four adults and six minors on Jan. 19 in Chicago's Avondale section.

Police reports indicate that the multi-vehicle accident occurred in the Northwest Side of the city along North Milwaukee Avenue's 3200 block shortly after 8 a.m. Officers believe one vehicle might have struck a building.

There were numerous injuries to drivers and occupants of the vehicles involved in the wreck. One adult was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and reported to be in serious-to-critical condition. Three others described as in "fair-to-serious condition" were taken via ambulance to Lutheran General hospital.

The Chicago Fire Department reports that one minor child was also transported to the Lutheran General in fair-to-serious condition, as well as two more who were in serious-to-critical condition.

Nothing was reported about the cause of the accident or if anyone was ticketed or charged.

While some accidents are truly inevitable, such as when Lake Effect weather causes whiteout conditions and drivers cannot see where they are going, many others are completely preventable. Whether it is due to impairment, negligence or inattention, those responsible for the injuries suffered by others in accidents can be held legally liable for the damage they cause.

Medical expenses are just one of the damages that can be claimed in an at-fault accident with another driver. Lost wages, loss of consortium and pain and suffering also may be recoverable in some instances.

There can also be multiple defendants, some of which may not be immediately obvious. For instance, if deteriorated road conditions contributed to an accident, the state or municipality responsible for maintaining the roads could be partially responsible.

A personal injury attorney is often able to identify additional defendants for an injured client.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Avondale crash injures 3 children, 4 adults," Jan. 20, 2016

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