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Shorewood woman seriously injured in crash on I-55

On Feb. 13 at approximately 8:30 a.m., a 34-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle when she was cut off by another driver on Interstate 55. The car subsequently careened into a ditch, rolling at least once before coming to rest. As a result of the car accident, the Shorewood resident was trapped within her vehicle and had to be extricated from her car.

The car that caused the accident was a tan vehicle. No other information was released. The victim was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment of her serious injuries.

A driver who is executing a lane change has an obligation to ensure that he or she is able to complete the maneuver safely. This includes judging the speed of any approaching vehicles in the destination lane to determine the best way to complete the lane change. A motorist who causes an accident through an unsafe lane change or other inattentive driving may be liable to any persons who are injured as a result.

If someone is injured in an automobile accident, he or she has a right to pursue compensation from the liable party. This compensation can include payment for expenses such as medical bills or lost wages as well as the pain and suffering caused by the injury. If the victim is married, the spouse may also have a claim for damage to the marital relationship. One's insurance company is often looking out for its own best interests, not those of the victim. For that reason, anyone who has been injured in a car accident may benefit from speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source: Joliet Patch, "Woman Badly Hurt in I-55 Rollover," Karen Sorenson, Feb. 13, 2013

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