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    Have You Been in a Car Accident?

    Victims of car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents are the most common type of personal injury claim. These claims are typically based on the theory of negligence. In most Illinois vehicle accidents, the injured party, the plaintiff, must establish the negligence of the defendant in order to seek damages.

    Furthermore, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s negligence was the actual and proximate cause of both the accident and the plaintiff’s injuries. Contact one of our chicago car accident lawyers to help guide you through this process.

    You May Be Entitled to Compensation

    Violations of statutory law are often cited to establish the negligent driver in car crashes. If, for example, a driver failed to stop at a stop sign causing an accident, that statutory violation could be enough to establish fault in that accident. Establishing fault in a car accident can be more complicated in some cases, however. If you are a car accident victim, it’s important to contact our experienced personal injury lawyers. 

    The car accident attorneys at Ankin Law can help you determine who is at fault for the accident and seek damages where appropriate. 

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    The value of an accident victim’s lawsuit is determined by a number of variables, including the total cost of your medical bills. Some injuries need ongoing medical treatment, which will be factored into your total damages.

    Severity of bodily injury is a key determinant of total damages, both due to resulting medical bills as well as loss of income and quality of life. All of these impact the award amount when receiving compensation.

    • High Velocity Accidents (Speeding)
    • Reckless Driving Accidents (Aggressive Driving)
    • Distracted Driving Accidents (i.e. Cell Phone Accidents)
    • Alcohol Related Accidents
    • Product Liability Accidents (Vehicle Defects)
    • Road Hazard Accidents

    If unsafe driving conditions are the cause of a car accident due to neglect by the party responsible to keep the roads safe, your attorney will collect all available evidence in order to seek compensation for damages. This includes both property and personal injury damages caused by negligence. Even if you are partially at fault, you may pursue compensation for the portion of damages caused by the other party, including a municipality.

    1. Call 911 immediately.
    2. Request an ambulance if you’re injured.
    3. If you’re able, take photographs of the property damage and of the other driver’s insurance card and driver’s license.
    4. Do not accept payments from or provide any sworn statements to an insurance company.
    5. Call Ankin Law for a free consultation on how to manage getting your property repaired

    An insurance company’s goal is to find a reason to deny your claim, or settle a claim dispute for the least amount of money possible. Prior to receiving compensation from an insurance company, an experienced attorney with your wellbeing in mind will help you determine appropriate compensation for damages. Pictures of the scene taken promptly after the accident has occurred are a critical component of evidence documenting the damages and how they may have been sustained.

    Property damage or bodily injury that may be a result of the actions of another party present a potential cause for action for car accident victims. Your attorney will need as much evidence as possible to establish accountability for the damages you have sustained. Taking pictures of the scene and visiting a doctor as soon as possible will help begin your healing process, as well as determine the cause of action and build the evidence needed for compensation.

    Past and future medical expenses, past and future wage loss, pain and suffering, and loss of a normal life are some of the damages for which a victim may seek compensation. The state of health and financial position of the victim prior to the accident influences the amount of compensation.

    There are two causes of actions that can be pursued on behalf of a deceased loved one: wrongful death and survival. The family can recover money under the wrongful death act for the loss of love, affection, and support. This includes loss of wages and other forms of financial security and support.

    Your loved one’s estate can pursue a survival cause of action, and recover damages the victim suffered between the time of injury and the time of their passing.

    Establishing fault in an accident can be complicated, especially if fault lies with more than one party. An experienced attorney will help you document all evidence of damages, including photos of the accident and future medical bills, and evaluate loss of income and changes to quality of life. Negotiating the claims with insurance companies is best done with the experienced guidance of attorneys who have been beside you from day one.

    The cause of the accident typically indicates who is at fault. There are numerous potential causes for car accidents, the most common types of which include:

    • High Velocity Accidents (Speeding)
    • Reckless Driving Accidents (Aggressive Driving)
    • Distracted Driving Accidents (i.e. Cell Phone Accidents)
    • Alcohol Related Accidents
    • Product Liability Accidents (Vehicle Defects)
    • Road Hazard Accidents

    The lawyers at Ankin Law Office are highly experienced in negotiating and litigating personal injury claims. With the help of our attorneys, you are more likely to get a fair settlement.

    Chicago Motor Vehicle Accidents

    Cause of motor vehicle accidents

    There are numerous potential causes for motor vehicle accidents. The cause of the accident typically indicates who is at fault. Some of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents include:

    • High Velocity Accidents (Speeding)
    • Reckless Driving Accidents (Aggressive Driving)
    • Distracted Driving Accidents (i.e. Cell Phone Accidents)
    • Alcohol Related Accidents
    • Product Liability Accidents (Vehicle Defects)
    • Road Hazard Accidents

     

    Whatever the cause of the accident, it is essential to hire a knowledgeable and experienced Chicago car accident attorney to represent your interests. Our firm has years of experience negotiating and litigating motor vehicle accident cases and securing maximum compensation for our clients. With our office in Chicago, we have the capacity to handle cases throughout Illinois. Contact an experienced Chicago car accident lawyer today to schedule your free initial consultation and learn how we can help you seek the damages you deserve for your Illinois auto accident.

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    Whether you can recover if the accident was your fault depends on the laws of your state. Some states do not consider fault with regards to some damages, and in those states some of your economic losses may be paid by your own no-fault policy. Other states consider fault, but you may still be able to recover for your injuries, even if the accident was partially your fault. However, in that case, you may be required to prove that the other party’s fault was greater than yours or to reduce the amount of your compensation by your percentage of fault.

    The value of a case depends on a variety of factors and cannot be determined without analyzing information regarding the injury, medical bills, loss of income, and permanency of the injury. There is no rule of thumb, and each set of facts results in a different amount of damages.

    The at-fault party’s insurance typically pays for your damages in many states. If you are in a no-fault state, your own insurance may pay for some of your damages. If the at-fault party is not adequately insured, your own insurance policy may contain coverage that will compensate you for your injuries.

    Many law firms will agree to pursue a personal injury claim for a contingency fee, which means that the law firm’s fee is subtracted from any amount that the firm collects for you. If no amount is recovered, then the firm receives no fee, but the client is typically responsible for actual expenses, such as court filing fees or witness fees, whether he or she wins or loses.

    Each state sets a time period during which a person must bring a personal injury claim. Both the length of that period and the way it is measured in motor vehicle accident cases varies from state to state. Even within a state, the time period may vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, such as the plaintiff’s age, the type of personal injury claim, the particular facts giving rise to the injury, and when the injury is discovered. You must be absolutely certain that you know the time limitation period that applies to you, or you risk jeopardizing your legal rights.

    In some cases, an accident victim may be able to sue parties other than the at-fault driver. For example, if the at-fault driver did not own the car, the car’s owner may also be liable for your damages. If the at-fault driver was impaired from consuming too much alcohol, you may be able to bring a “dram shop” complaint against a business that served alcohol to the driver even though he was visibly impaired. In some cases, you may be able to bring an action against another party, such as an automobile manufacturer or construction company, if a defect in the vehicle or the roadway caused the accident. If the accident involved a tractor-trailer, the driver’s violation of rules and regulations may be the basis for a lawsuit against the driver or his or her employer.

    Not necessarily. Many motor vehicle accident cases are concluded without even filing a lawsuit. Most lawsuits are settled without an actual trial. A settlement avoids the costs and delay of a trial and may result in a greater net recovery. However, if the case cannot be settled on satisfactory terms, it may be necessary to try it in court.

    The length of time necessary to conclude your automobile accident injury case depends upon a number of factors. For example, if you received a serious injury, you do not want to settle your claim until you have received sufficient medical care so that either your physician has released you or your future medical expenses related to the accident can be determined with reasonable certainty. Therefore, the amount of time you need to heal may determine the length of time necessary to conclude your claim. The amount of time before you recover also depends on whether your case is settled or goes to trial.

    If you are injured in an automobile accident, you should seek medical attention. Whether or not you have a claim, you should be examined by a doctor, both for your own peace of mind and to document the injury in order to support your claim. Frequently, an automobile accident injury will not appear immediately. Whenever symptoms first appear, go to your family doctor, a hospital emergency room, or another medical professional to obtain medical help.

    Accepting a check may be construed as a settlement that prohibits you from obtaining any additional amounts from the at-fault driver or his or her insurance company. Therefore, you should not accept a check or sign a release from the at-fault driver or his or her insurance company until after you have conferred with an attorney. Typically, an attorney will encourage you to wait to accept a check until you have completed your medical treatment and have been released by a doctor, so you know you have received an amount that adequately covers your medical bills and other damages. An insurance adjuster may push you to settle the claim for the lowest possible amount and may discourage you from contacting an attorney. If so, you should ignore his or her advice, and consult an attorney immediately before accepting any payment, signing any release, or otherwise settling your claim to insure that you are receiving fair compensation and not jeopardizing your right to a full and fair recovery.

    Whether you can recover if the accident was your fault depends on the laws of your state. Some states do not consider fault with regards to some damages, and in those states, some of your economic losses may be paid by your own no-fault policy. Other states consider fault, but you may still be able to recover for your injuries, even if the accident was partially your fault. However, in that case, you may be required to prove that the other party’s fault was greater than yours or to reduce the amount of your compensation by your percentage of fault.

    In some cases, an accident victim may be able to sue parties other than the at-fault driver. For example, if the at-fault driver did not own the car, the car’s owner may also be liable for your damages. If the at-fault driver was impaired from consuming too much alcohol, you may be able to bring a “dram shop” complaint against a business that served alcohol to the driver even though he was visibly impaired. In some cases, you may be able to bring an action against another party, such as an automobile manufacturer or construction company, if a defect in the vehicle or the roadway caused the accident. If the accident involved a tractor-trailer, the driver’s violation of rules and regulations may be the basis for a lawsuit against the driver or his or her employer.

    Every 30 minutes, someone in this country dies in an alcohol-related automobile crash.

    If someone has caused an injury or damage to property through a motor vehicle accident, the Illinois personal injury attorneys at Ankin Law Office LLC, can help you recover physically and financially. Recovering lost wages, medical expenses, and money owed to you for pain and suffering is best left to a lawyer who knows the specific legal landscape of auto accidents.

    You have taken an important step towards recovering from a motor vehicle accident. Now let Ankin Law Office LLC walk you through your legal rights in a free confidential consultation. Our attorneys give straightforward legal advice and a clear understanding of the legal steps we will follow. We represent people throughout the Chicago and Peoria areas, including Cicero, Chicago Heights, Schaumburg, Joliet, Waukegan, Wheaton, Naperville, Elgin, Morton, Bartonville, Eureka, Bloomington and Galesburg.

    Motor Vehicle Accidents – An Overview

    Cases arising out of automobile accidents are by far the most common type of personal injury case pending in our court system today. This is not surprising, given that every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is involved in a car accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Except in those states where legislation eliminating fault as an issue has been passed (no-fault laws), these cases are typically governed by the law of negligence. Generally, people who operate automobiles must exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” A failure to use reasonable care is considered negligence. A person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for any damages, either to a person or property, caused by his or her negligence. The injured party, known as the plaintiff, is required to prove that the defendant was negligent, that the negligence was a proximate cause of the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiff’s injuries. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you must not hesitate to seek legal counsel from a personal injury attorney experienced in automobile accident cases in order to best protect your interests.

    Injuries and Compensation

    Generally, an individual injured in an automobile accident may bring a claim or lawsuit to recover the actual expenses associated with property damage and medical costs, economic damages, and emotional and physical pain and suffering. Litigation involving motor vehicle accidents can be extremely complicated. Retaining an experienced lawyer familiar with motor vehicle accident damages will place you in the best position to receive the recovery that you deserve.

    Insurance Claims Do’s & Don’ts

    Do call your agent as soon as a covered event takes place. As soon as you get home from the car accident, or even before you go to the doctor, call your agent.

    Do review and understand your coverage before talking to your insurer or your agent. Read the “Coverage” and “Exclusion” sections of your policy in particular.

    Uninsured or Underinsured Motorists

    Many drivers ignore motor vehicle insurance requirements, cannot afford to purchase insurance, or carry insufficient insurance. Uninsured motorist coverage is a form of insurance that pays for bodily injury that results from an accident with a driver who is legally responsible for the injuries, but has no liability coverage. Underinsured motorist coverage pays for bodily injury that results from an accident with a driver who has liability insurance with limits that are lower than the injured party’s underinsured motorist coverage limits. If you have been involved in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, it is important that you contact an attorney at an experienced personal injury law firm immediately so you do not waive valuable legal rights.

    No-Fault Insurance

    The laws of the state in which the accident occurs determine who pays for the damages from an automobile accident. Basically, in a no-fault insurance state, fault is not placed on either party, and each driver generally submits a claim to his or her own insurance company instead of establishing blame. Many states, including Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and others, have some form of no-fault insurance laws. No-fault auto insurance is widely misunderstood, and is applied differently in every state that offers it. If you are in an automobile accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury firm to discuss how the relevant state law views fault and to determine how fault or no-fault laws may affect your right to recover damages for injuries.

    What to do if you are in an accident

    If you are involved in an automobile collision, stop. Most states require an individual not to leave the scene of an accident, even a minor one, without first stopping to see whether there are damages or injuries. A person may be criminally prosecuted for leaving the scene of an automobile accident.

    Motor Vehicle Accidents Resource Links

    Federal Trade Commission
    Provides consumer education materials on automobiles.

    Federal Citizen Information Center
    Features consumer information on cars.

    Insurance Information Institute
    Includes information on auto safety, auto insurance, teen drivers and more.

    What Can I Collect in Auto Accident Lawsuit?

    Auto accident victims often suffer a wide range of consequences from the accident – from physical injuries and medical bills to lost wages and emotional distress. If you have been injured in an auto accident, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your injuries and losses from that party by pursuing an accident claim, including:

    • Physical Injuries
    • Medical bills
    • Lost wages (past and future)
    • Future medical bills and care
    • Loss of consortium
    • Pain and suffering
    • Emotional distress
    • Rehabilitative services
    • Damage to vehicle

    Some compensation amounts – such as medical bills and lost wages – may be easier to calculate than others. For instance, damages for emotional distress and pain and suffering are often difficult to prove and value. Emotional distress includes emotional problems, such as depression, panic, nervousness, and anxiety. Pain and suffering refers to the physical pain suffered as a direct result of the injuries sustained in the auto accident. Because emotional distress and pain and suffering are subjective issues that can be difficult to assess, these amounts are often a source of much debate when negotiating an auto accident settlement.

    Figuring out the appropriate amount of an auto accident settlement can be a complicated process, involving a number of factors. Consequently, it is highly recommended that you retain a skilled auto accident attorney who will help you obtain the most favorable auto accident settlement possible.

    At Ankin Law Office, our Chicago auto accident attorneys focus on representing the victims of motor vehicle accidents of all kinds. As a result of our knowledge and experience, we are able to help you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case so that you can obtain the most favorable settlement possible. We are skilled negotiators who understand the policies and procedures of insurance companies, allowing us to communicate effectively and advocate persuasively on your behalf.

    If you have been injured in a car accident, contact our office at (312) 481-6405 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago auto accident attorneys to learn more about evaluating a possible settlement.

    Motor Vehicle Accident Resources & Links

    Federal Trade Commission

    Provides consumer education materials on automobiles.

    Federal Citizen Information Center

    Features consumer information on cars.

    Insurance Information Institute

    Includes information on auto safety, auto insurance, teen drivers and more.

    Insurance Institute for Highway Safety / Highway Loss Data Institute

    Features vehicle ratings, safety facts, publications and more.

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Provides crash statistics and articles about automobile accidents, product safety, and child passenger safety.

    National Safety Council (NSC)

    Driving information. Features articles on car maintenance safety, airbag and seat belt safety, and more.

    NSC Fact Sheet Library

    Features fact sheets on tire blowouts, pedestrian safety, car phones, car breakdowns, car crashes, car fires, defensive driving and more.

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

    Features consumer publications, product recalls, reports on unsafe products, statistics and more.

    U.S. Department of Transportation

    Features automobile statistics, dockets, rules and references.

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