If you need compensation after your car accident, one of the most important things you can do is work with a Chicago car crash lawyer.
Illinois is more than familiar with car accidents. In fact, in 2015, our state saw more than 313,000 motor vehicle accidents, and nearly 66,000 of those involved injuries. Because Chicago is the most populous city in our state, we see a substantial portion of those injury-causing accidents each year.
All of the victims in these crashes must face the difficult financial realities that follow. Medical bills, vehicle repairs, and time away from work are just a handful of the expenses tied to car accidents.
At Lane & Lane, LLC, we believe in helping car accident victims get the personal injury compensation they deserve. If you were injured in a car crash that wasn’t your fault, get in touch with a Chicago car accident lawyer at our firm to learn more about how we can help you.
The Cause of Your Crash Is Important
After your crash, you were likely dazed and in pain, meaning you were unable to fully understand what had just happened. You might have missed key details about the events that led to your crash—details that could determine the cause and, ultimately, who you should name in your claim for compensation.
Identifying and proving the cause of your Chicago area car accident is going to be a key part of your lawyer’s job. We will gather evidence to show who or what caused your crash so we can build you the strongest case possible.
The following are some of the most common causes of car accidents in Chicago:
- Drunk Drivers – Chicago’s vibrant nightlife has a dark side: Drunk driving is a serious problem in and around Chicago. If a driver chose to drive while intoxicated and injured you as a result, you can hold him or her accountable with a lawyer’s help.
- Texting and Other Distractions – These days, everyone has a smartphone, and many people think it’s acceptable to use these devices while they’re driving. It’s not acceptable, and it causes countless injuries every year. Texting, using GPS systems, and engaging in many other distractions could be considered negligent behaviors for which you could be entitled to compensation if they caused your injuries.
- Driving While Drowsy – Drowsy driving is an extremely dangerous driving behavior, and drivers who cause wrecks because they’re too tired can be held accountable for their decision to drive when their reactions and reflexes are numbed by fatigue.
- Speeding – It seems that, when drivers think they can get away with it, they speed. No matter how clear the roads are or how much of a hurry drivers are in, speeding is against the law. It can easily cause serious Chicago car accidents, and, for that, speeding drivers should be held financially accountable.
All of the above causes would likely point to the other driver as the at-fault party. After your attorney has gathered enough information to prove the other driver was at fault, he or she will begin the process of pursuing compensation from that driver or the insurance company.
Identifying Your Injuries
After your crash, you likely went to the hospital if you were seriously injured. If you haven’t yet gone to see a doctor, you should do so as soon as possible. That’s because a medical professional can make sure you’re OK and provide official documentation of all the injuries your car accident caused.
This sort of documentation is going to be critical when you list your injuries in your claim for compensation. And the more severe your injuries are, the more compensation you should receive if your claim is successful.
Here are some common serious injuries tied to car accidents in Chicago:
- Back and spine damage, including paralysis and chronic pain
- Traumatic brain injuries, such as contusions and concussions
- Burns, including extremely severe third-degree burns
- Fractured and broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
Your Fight with the Insurance Companies
In the aftermath of your Chicago car crash, you might find yourself dealing with two insurance companies: yours and the other driver’s. Dealing with one is bad enough when you’re already dealing with your own injuries and stress, but dealing with two insurers only highlights the benefits of allowing an attorney to handle the matter for you.
Most insurance companies like to project the image that they’re always on their customers’ side. That would be nice if it were true, but, most of the time, it’s not. Your own insurance company will likely make every effort it can to downplay your injuries and property damage to reduce the amount of compensation it owes you.
You’re likely going to deal with the same issues when you get a call from the other driver’s insurance company. They may make it sound like asking you for a statement about your crash is just a part of the process, but you don’t have to answer them. In fact, answering them could open you up to liability if they’re able to twist your words to point the blame at you.
An easy alternative is to simply inform the insurance company that you have hired a Chicago car wreck attorney. Advise the insurers to call your lawyer, who will know exactly what to say to make sure you aren’t the victim of shady insurance tactics.
Chicago Car Accident FAQ
Below, we have answered some questions we often hear from our clients.
How much is my claim worth?
We won’t be able to give you an exact value for your claim until we have spoken with you and examined all the evidence. However, we can tell you that the value of your claim is going to hinge on the damages you’ve suffered as a result of your crash.
You could receive compensation for medical expenses, vehicle damage, lost income, damage to your quality of life, pain and suffering, and many other damages.
What happens if I’m found partially responsible for my accident?
Sometimes, responsibility in car accidents isn’t all black and white. You might hold a small portion of the blame, while another driver is the primarily responsible party.
In cases like that, you can still pursue compensation as long as you don’t hold more than half of the responsibility for the collision. It’s important to note, however, that your compensation will decrease proportionally to the amount of negligence you’re deemed to hold.
If I was in a single-car accident, can I still recover compensation?
That is going to depend on the cause of your crash. For example, if you ran off the road because a tool from a roadside construction site was in your lane, you might be able to recover compensation from the construction company.
Alternatively, if your brakes failed and caused your Chicago single-car accident, you might be able to name the manufacturer of the defective brakes in your claim.
Partner with a Chicago Car Accident Attorney
Starting on the date of your accident, you only have two years to file your claim for compensation, so there isn’t much time to waste. Get in touch with Lane & Lane, LLC to see how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Call us at 312-332-1400 or fill out the online contact form below to schedule a no-cost consultation with a Chicago car accident lawyer.
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