Some motor vehicle accidents are just that—accidents. The road was icy; you weren't paying sufficient attention; a tree happened to fall just as you were driving past.
Other accidents, though, can be traced directly to the recklessness or negligence of another party: the driver of the other car, the municipality responsible for maintaining the road, even the manufacturer of your car or the other motorist's vehicle. In these cases, you may have the grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit in Illinois —and the vehicle accident lawyers at Lane & Lane, LLC are available to help.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Your Vehicle Accident in Illinois?
Depending on the circumstances of your Cook County motor vehicle accident—whether it involves a car, truck, or motorcycle—an investigation by the authorities, and possibly by your attorney, will help determine who was at fault. If the cause of the accident isn't laid at your doorstep, the responsible party may turn out to be
- Another driver. Did a reckless driver of a car, truck, or motorcycle cut you off on the highway? Did you proceed through a green light, only to sustain a side-end collision by another motorist who wasn't paying attention? Did you stop at a red light and get rear-ended by another vehicle? If you sustained serious injuries in these circumstances, you may be able to sue the other driver for damages.
- The local municipality. Cities, towns, and villages in the Chicago area have a positive duty to maintain their roads and highways. This duty includes fixing potholes, replacing missing traffic signs, and ensuring that traffic lights are in proper working condition. If you were injured in a vehicle accident that can be traced to the municipality's negligence, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
- The manufacturer of your car or another driver’s vehicle. We've all heard stories about cars whose accelerators suddenly “stick,” causing serious injuries to their drivers and passengers (and to the drivers and passengers of other vehicles). If a car, truck, or motorcycle is involved in a serious accident, and it can be shown that a design flaw caused the accident, the manufacturer can be held liable for damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
Were You Injured in a Vehicle Accident? Call the Chicago Law Firm of Lane & Lane, LLC Today
The injuries sustained in a vehicle accident can be devastating: broken bones, internal bleeding, and (in the worst cases) brain or spinal cord damage, which can incapacitate the victim for months or years. If you incurred injuries in a crash to which another driver, the municipality, or the manufacturer of any of the vehicles involved were at fault, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Call the Chicago vehicle accident lawyers at Lane & Lane, LLC today at 312-332-1400 for a free consultation!