Car accidents happen every day. In 2014, 296,049 collisions occurred in Illinois. Car accidents can result in significant injuries that sometimes cause the victim to suffer a lifelong disability. In some cases, car accidents result in victims’ deaths.
When a victim is injured in a car accident, he or she may file a personal injury claim to pursue monetary compensation for his or her damages related to the accident. In order to recover compensation, though, the claimant must prove that another party’s negligence is to blame for the accident. In Illinois, the party responsible for an accident is liable for the victim’s damages. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you prove that your damages are the direct result of another involved party’s negligence and negotiate with that party’s insurance provider on your behalf.
Many different types of negligence can cause a car accident to occur. Often, car accidents are attributed to driver negligence. However, they can also be the result of vehicular malfunction or a poorly maintained roadway. In cases like these, the defective vehicle’s manufacturer or the government entity may be liable for the victim’s damages, respectively.
Examples of driver negligence include:
The first thing you need to do if you are involved in a car accident is pull off the road to an area where it is safe. Do this only if it is safe to do to – if you cannot do this safely, simply remain where you are. If anybody involved in the accident needs immediate medical care, call 911 to have an ambulance dispatched to the scene.
If there is no need for an ambulance, call the police to have an officer sent to the accident scene. He or she will fill out the official police report for your accident, which will be an important piece of information to support your personal injury claim later. While the officer is there, take down his or her contact information as well as the contact information for any witnesses to the accident. Before you leave the scene, exchange insurance information with any other drivers involved in the accident. Take photographs of the accident scene to provide visual evidence of the accident later.
As soon as you can after your accident, seek medical attention for your injury. Your doctor’s diagnosis and the record of your subsequent medical treatment are also important pieces of evidence to support your claim. The sooner you receive medical care, the easier it will be for you to make a quick, full recovery.
After you have received medical attention, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to begin the personal injury claim process. In Illinois, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident. Your lawyer can also determine your level of fault and any other relevant factors that could affect your claim.
If you have been injured in a car accident, work with an experienced McCook car accident lawyer to pursue a personal injury claim. To learn more about your rights as an injured car accident victim, schedule your initial legal consultation with The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey today.
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