What to Do if You Get Rear-Ended in Illinois

Getting into a car accident can be an unexpected and scary experience for everyone involved. When you get rear-ended, you’ll likely be in shock and unsure of what to do. First and foremost, you should seek medical attention for any injuries you’ve suffered from the wreck. Once you’ve begun to recover, both physically and emotionally, filing a lawsuit may be your next step. 

When someone rear-ends you, you’re going to want to hold them accountable for the damages they’ve caused. At Lane & Lane, LLC, our goal is to help injured victims maximize their settlements in court. A Chicago car accident lawyer from our team can investigate your case, assess your damages, and negotiate on your behalf so that you can recover without financial stress.

Proving Negligence in a Car Accident Lawsuit

The damage to your car should serve as evidence that the driver hit you from behind. When someone rear-ends you, they’re automatically at fault for the damage. However, knowing why they hit you can be helpful because it may identify other liable parties. For example, if the driver’s brakes went out and caused the driver to rear-end you, then it’s possible that their car’s manufacturer is responsible

Your car accident lawyer in Chicago will help you investigate the accident to ensure all liable parties are accounted for—that way, your claim is maximized and negligence is pinpointed to the defendant. 

Calculating Your Settlement

Your settlement will be calculated using your injuries, financial losses, and the ways in which the accident has affected your lifestyle. Medical expenses and lost wages from being out of work can be included in your settlement and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and emotional distress can also be included, depending on the severity of the wreck. 

Reach Out to a Chicago Car Accident Attorney

Hiring an attorney to help you move forward with your car accident claim can be helpful after getting rear-ended because, though it’s clear to you who caused the accident, the court still requires evidence in order for you to receive a settlement. At Lane & Lane, LLC, we’ve handled numerous car wreck cases and we can guide you through the process from start to finish. 

If you’d like to discuss your case with a Chicago car accident lawyer, fill out the contact form below or call 312-332-1400 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

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