Many car crash survivors hesitate to file civil suits against the at-fault party because they are unsure of how the process works. We understand that litigation can be a complicated area, and that's why we have compiled information about what you can expect when you decide to file a personal injury claim to obtain compensation for your auto accident.
Continue reading to learn more about the Illinois car accident claim process.
Investigate to Establish Liability
First and foremost, your car wreck attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of your crash to determine what caused the accident and who is responsible for your injuries. More often than not, the driver of the other vehicle played a part in causing the accident. Distracted, drowsy, drunk, and aggressive driving are all common examples of driver negligence.
A local government road authority could be liable for your injuries if missing street signs, potholes, debris in the road, or unsecured construction zones contributed to your accident.
In addition, vehicle parts manufacturers might be liable if they knowingly installed a faulty part on either vehicle or failed to issue a recall on a malfunctioning part. Your attorney will be well-versed in the investigative process and will work diligently to gather evidence that will establish who the liable party is.
Calculate the Value of Your Claim
Once liability has been established, your attorney will work with your physician to determine the full extent of your injuries and the ways in which they are expected to impact your life both now and in the future.
We will consider every way in which your injuries have affected your life. Some of the most frequently sought damages include medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, lost wages, and property damage. To get the most out of your claim, we will ensure that no stone goes unturned.
Negotiate with the Insurance Company
After the investigation has been completed and the value of your claim has been calculated, we will be able to move forward in negotiations with the insurance company or at-fault driver. Insurers are known for their dishonest strategies meant to minimize the amount they are required to settle for.
Many adjusters will go so far as to manipulate the statements you've given to make it appear as though you hold more liability than you actually do for the accident. If they are able to establish that you are even partially to blame, they can reduce the amount you will be awarded.
Your attorney will never allow an insurance company to take advantage of you in your time of need. We will make sure you don't settle for less than you deserve.
Get in Touch with a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer
When you have been injured in an Illinois auto crash and aren't sure how to proceed, get in touch with a knowledgeable Chicago car accident lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC as soon as possible. Our highly trained attorneys will work hard to obtain maximum compensation for your case.
We are proud to offer free claim evaluations to our prospective clients. You can claim yours by completing the quick contact form below or by giving our office a call at 312-332-1400.