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Car Accidents

Crystal Lake Car Accident Lawyers

Attorneys Serving McHenry County & the Surrounding Areas

Nationally, about 2.4 million people are injured in car accidents each year, and more than 35,000 killed. In 2016, more than 1,000 people were killed on Illinois roads. Many of these injuries and fatalities result from negligence. For example:

  • In 2015, 31% of fatal traffic accidents in Illinois involved a driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .08% or greater
  • Nationally, 27 of traffic fatalities nationwide involved a driver who was exceeding the speed limit, racing, or driving too fast for conditions
  • Cell phone usage plays a role in more than 1.5 million car crashes annually, resulting in about 500,000 injuries and 3,000-6,000 deaths

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Talking to an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible will give you the best opportunity to build a strong case and plan for the future.

Timeline for Illinois Car Accident Cases

In most cases, a car accident victim has two years in which to file a lawsuit. However, it is to your advantage to act quickly to secure representation. Some important reasons for acting promptly include:

  • As time passes, your memory and the memories of other witnesses may fade: working with an attorney from the beginning will allow your lawyer to document the facts of the case while they’re fresh in everyone’s minds
  • Witnesses may move, leave jobs, or otherwise become difficult or impossible to locate and contact
  • Simple mistakes you make before receiving knowledgeable guidance can seriously hurt your case

When you retain our law firm to represent you in your car accident case, our experienced personal injury lawyers will:

  • Investigate your case
  • Assemble evidence
  • Interview witnesses
  • Manage timelines and procedural requirements
  • Take over interaction with the insurance company
  • Hire expert witnesses as needed
  • Negotiate for a favorable settlement
  • If it’s the best option for you, argue your case before a jury

Proving Liability in a Car Accident Case

A person injured in an automobile accident can typically recover damages if:

  • Another person or entity had a duty of care
  • That person or entity failed to fulfill that obligation
  • The injuries occurred as a result of the breach of duty of care

Illinois drivers have a general obligation to operate vehicles safely. In many cases, though, negligence is more clear-cut. Violation of certain safety-related traffic laws may constitute negligence per se. In simple terms, that means that simply having violated a law such as the prohibition on driving under the influence or speeding can be sufficient to prove that a driver was negligent.

Damages in a Car Accident Case

Every personal injury or wrongful death case is different. The damages a car accident victim can expect will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The extent of the plaintiff’s injuries
  • Whether the injuries are temporary or permanent
  • The cost of medical care associated with the injuries
  • The impact on the plaintiff’s earning capacity
  • Whether the plaintiff was partially to blame

Some commonly-awarded damages in car accident cases include:

  • Compensation for accrued medical expenses
  • The cost of projected future medical care
  • Lost wages
  • Projected decrease in future earnings
  • Compensation for property damage
  • Pain and suffering

An experienced car accident attorney can provide you with more specific information about the damages that may be available in your case.

Contact a Crystal Lake Car Accident Lawyer Today

When you’ve been seriously injured or have suddenly lost a loved one, the last thing you need is the stress of dealing with insurance companies, sorting out legal procedures, and worrying about how you’ll make ends meet. When you hand off management of your car accident claim to a dedicated, knowledgeable attorney, you can focus your time and energy on healing and rebuilding.
Schedule a free consultation right now and then rest easy, knowing that you’ve taken the first step toward securing your future.