Experienced car accident attorneys who will help you maximize the compensation for your injuries in Chicago and the surrounding 6 county area.
Motor Vehicle & Car Accident Attorneys - Chicago
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Chicago or the surrounding area let our personal injury attorneys help you get everything you’re entitled to. We’ve had great success in earning maximum claims for our clients and know just how to deal with with the opposing party’s car insurance company. Let our experience and effort get you the maximum compensation for your car accident injuries.
Are You the Victim of One of These Common Car AccidentTypes in Chicago?
Below you’ll find a number of car accident types that routinely cause serious injuries and financial hardship for victims in Chicago.
Rear End Accidents: Rear-end collisions are the most frequent type of car crash in Illinois, accounting for about 29 percent of all collisions, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Illinois law includes a presumption that the person who hit you from behind was responsible for the crash, but the other driver can present evidence that another factor or person caused the crash Economic damages include your medical expenses, lost wages, and lost earning capacity. This includes existing economic damages and estimated future damages. Non-economic damages include harm such as pain and suffering, emotional anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and disfigurement. These are types of harm that do not have a specific price tag attached to them.
Failure to Yield: There are many kinds of failure to yield accidents that can occur for which a driver may be liable.
- ● Failure to yield on a flashing red.
- ● Failure to yield to a funeral procession.
- ● Failure to yield to a Chicago Transit Authority bus or other municipal bus merging into your lane of traffic.
- ● Failure to yield to an emergency police, fire or ambulance vehicle.
- ● Failure to yield to a pedestrian walking in a crosswalk or approaching a crossing area.
- ● Failure to yield to children in a school zone.
- ● Failure to yield when merging onto a highway or expressway.
- ● Failure to yield to a bicycle rider in a bicycle lane.
Crossing the Center Line: In a cross-over accident, it can be a straightforward matter to determine fault. When a vehicle crosses out of its lane of travel, crosses the center line and strikes another vehicle traveling in its own lane of travel, the hitting vehicle is generally at fault.
Negligent Entrustment: An action for negligent entrustment “consists of entrusting a dangerous article to another whom the lender knows, or should know, is likely to use it in a manner involving an unreasonable risk of harm to others.” In other words, the defendant-driver needed permission to drive the car in the first place. Next, the question of liability turns on whether the defendant-car owner “knew or should have known” that the defendant-driver either “intended or was likely” to use the vehicle in such a manner as to create an unreasonable risk of harm to others.
Public Transportation Accidents: Public transportation accidents differ from regular motor vehicle accidents in that the drivers are professionals and therefore owe you a legal duty to provide for the safety and safe transit of the people they serve. There may be multiple individuals or entities accountable for your mass transit accident injuries, including the driver or operator of the bus or train, the owner of the mass transit line and in many cases, public entities.
If you’ve been the victim of one of these or any other car accident in Chicago or the surrounding area, it’s in your best interest to speak with one of our experienced car accident injury attorneys today.
We’ll fight to recover the maximum amount of money for your injuries. We’ll get you compensation for
- Unpaid Medical Bills,
- Pain and Suffering,
- Future Hospital Visits,
- Past or Future Surgeries
- Lost Time at Work
We can help you get everything you’re entitled to.
Car Accident Injury FAQ
Our car accident attorneys examine all possible causes of the crash. It can be an issue of vehicle maintenance, driver fatigue, driver negligence, excessive speed, alcohol use, tire blowouts, sudden braking, brake failure, unsafe safety systems or warning devices, failure to yield the right of way, tailgating or unsafe road conditions.
Car accident victims are entitled to recover money damages for all losses and expenses they incur as a result of an accident. These damages may include the following:
Lost Wages, including Overtime
Pain & Suffering
Loss of Enjoyment
Loss of Love & Affection
Out of pocket expenses (e.g. transportation charges, house cleaning, grass cutting, and others)
To have a personal injury case for an auto accident, you must be able to show liability and damages. You will need to demonstrate that you have been injured. This may be a physical injury or it may be an emotional injury.
You should speak with an attorney at our firm about whether you have a Personal Injury claim. Recovering for an injury done to you is your right, guaranteed to you under Illinois and Federal Law.
If you have been seriously injured or are unsure as to the outcome of your injury, then an experienced personal injury attorney with car accident experience should always be consulted before you give any statements or sign any papers of any kind and as soon after your injury as possible. In a serious injury case, you are better off hiring an attorney as soon as possible. Our firm offers a free consultation with no obligation.
There is a statute of limitations that requires you to file suit within a specific period of time, depending upon the circumstances of your case, or else you will be prohibited from obtaining any compensation for your injuries. An attorney will be able to help you keep within the statute of limitations. Every state has specific time limits, called “statutes of limitations,” that govern the period during which you must file a personal injury lawsuit. In some states, for example, you may have as little as one year to file a lawsuit from an automobile accident. If you miss the statutory deadline for filing a case, your case will not be allowed to move forward.
The statutes of limitations are time frames in which you have to file a lawsuit. When the statute of limitations expires on your case, you simply don’t have a case anymore. Statutes of limitations differ not only from state to state, but also in regard to the kinds of lawsuits involved. For example, in some states, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice suits against governmental agencies and wrongful death actions are shorter than that for other types of personal injury cases. In general, however, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is from one to three years. The time begins from the date of the accident. There are some exceptions and our experienced lawyers can help you with them.
A contingency fee is a fee that is used by lawyers in most personal injury cases. The fee charged is considered “contingent” when the fee is based upon your attorney’s successful resolution of your case. It is typically paid as a percentage of your monetary recovery.
Most car accident injury cases are settled out of court between the opposing lawyers or with the insurance company. If a case does go to trial, you most likely will have to appear so that your testimony can be heard.
It is to allow the attorney on your case to speak with you and obtain any further information necessary to determine whether our office will agree to represent you on your case. Equally important, it is to provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions about your case or our office. It is helpful for you to bring with you to the meeting any documents, photographs, or other evidence relating to your claim.
No. The meeting is purely informational for both you and our office. There is no charge for the meeting. If we accept your case and you wish to retain our office, we would then provide you with our contingency fee agreement for legal services.
Whenever there is a settlement or verdict in a Plaintiff’s favor there are several people who are usually reimbursed. These parties usually include insurance or hospital providers who have paid medical bills, the client, and the law firm who accomplished that verdict or settlement which the client accepted.
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