Hazel Crest, Illinois, located just 25 miles from Chicago, is situated on 3.4 square miles. Hazel Crest is bordered by Markham to the north, Harvey to the northeast, East Hazel Crest to the east, Homewood to the southeast, Flossmoor to the south and Country Club Hills to the west.
Hazel Crest is a tight-knit community of just over 14,000 people. Housing options are bountiful in Hazel Crest, with many fine homes for sale. Hazel Crest prides itself on its numerous active Homeowners Associations representing a variety of different neighborhoods. Moreover, Hazel Crest is home to Waterford Estates Retirement Community, one of the area’s finest independent and assisted living rental retirement communities.
The Hazel Crest Park District, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2007, boasts more than 200 acres of parks and plentiful recreational programs.
Hazel Crest, Illinois is a major hub of transportation, with I-80 merging into the Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294). As a result, Hazel Crest’s prime location offers easy access to I-57, I- 294, I-394, I- 80 and I- 94. Hazel Crest is also home to a Metra Station, with the Metra Electric Line providing commuters easy access to downtown Chicago.
Given the massive amount of traffic in and around Hazel Crest, motor vehicle accidents are bound to occur. Motor vehicle accidents can happen for a number of reasons – distracted driving, hazardous road conditions, poor weather conditions, hit and run accidents, speeding, just to name a few.
Distracted driving is a common cause of car accidents. Illinois law also prohibits sending or reading text messages and emails while driving anywhere within the state. Even when drivers use a hands-free cell phone while driving and both hands are on the wheel, talking on a cell phone alone distracts a driver and can lead to accidents caused by inattentive driving. According to the NHTSA, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers that use cell phones are four times more likely to get into auto accidents that result in injuries.
Motor vehicle accidents involving large commercial trucks can have particularly devastating effects. Not only do truck drivers have an obligation to be cautious drivers, obey the rules of the road, and take appropriate safety precautions to prevent accidents, like any motorist, but they also have an obligation to properly inspect the truck and keep their trucks in safe operating condition.
Trucking accidents can prevent certain unique legal issues and complexities. Unlike car accident cases in which the other driver is typically the sole defendant, truck accidents often involve multiple defendants, including the truck driver, trucking company, shipping company, employers, contractors, and the manufacturer of the cargo in the truck.
At Ankin Law Offices, our skilled Hazel Crest trucking accident attorneys understand the unique legal issues that come into play when a large commercial truck is involved in the car accident and we can vigorously advocate on your behalf.
Ankin Law Offices, LLC is a full service personal injury law firm. Not only do we represent clients in motor vehicle accidents, but we also represent clients with respect to workers’ compensation claims, wrongful death lawsuits, medical malpractice, product liability claims, slip and fall accidents, and class actions.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a personal injury accident, contact our office to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Hazel Crest personal injury attorneys.