Chicago Auto Accident Attorney
Aggressive Advocacy in Illinois
Automobile accidents are among the leading causes of injury and death in
the United States. A crash can be traumatizing and trigger a wide range
of damaging injuries and can easily cause long-term disabilities that
limit your ability to work. In many situations, accidents could have been
avoided if one of the motorists had exercised reasonable care in operating
their vehicle. When you are harmed in a car wreck due to another driver’s
negligence, you deserve to be compensated for your physical, emotional,
and financial injuries.
The Kenny Law Firm can be your advocate in a personal injury claim. We
have a full familiarity with how the state of Illinois adjudicates auto
accident cases and can leverage our knowledge and experience to help you
Do not wait to seek legal representation if you have been injured in an
auto accident. Call
(312) 647-2483 or
contact us online today to discuss your case.
What To Do After an Auto Accident in Illinois
If you are involved in any type of auto accident, the first thing you should
do is ensure the physical safety of every passenger and pedestrian involved.
If necessary, call 9-1-1 and request an ambulance.
Once the accident is secure and you determine everyone is okay, you must
gather contact information from the motorists involved. This will include names, addresses, telephone numbers, and insurance
information. Request information from anyone nearby who may have witnessed
the accident, as their testimony can potentially be called upon later.
Be sure to thoroughly document the accident site, your physical injuries,
and any damage that your vehicle or personal property incurred. Take as many photographs as necessary. You are not necessarily required
to summon law enforcement to the scene, but doing so will result in a
police report that objectively documents the scene, the persons involved,
even witnesses, and can be used to help substantiate your claim.
All participants in an accident are required to file a report with the
Illinois Department of Transportation if any injuries or reasonably observable
property damage of at least $1,500 resulted from the incident. You will also be expected to inform your insurance agent of the crash
as soon as possible.
Taking these necessary steps helps you collect critical evidence and build
your case against a negligent driver. Following procedural rules like
filing the necessary Department of Transportation report and speaking
with your insurance company will also aid you should you choose to pursue
a personal injury claim.
How Auto Accident Personal Injury Claims Are Decided in Illinois
When you suffer injuries in a typical Illinois auto accident, you have
2 years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. Statute of limitations can be complex, since each case is unique, so
you should always act fast and consult with a personal attorney if you
have questions concerning legal deadlines.
An auto accident claim will be evaluated in terms of comparative fault.
This means that the jury assigned to your case will determine to what extent
each party was responsible for causing the accident. All manners of evidence, including traffic camera footage, participant
testimony, witness testimony, and phone records, may be considered.
It is possible that a jury could decide that you are partially at fault
for causing the accident. They will assign a percentage of fault to each party, but so long as
you are held less than 51% at fault, you can still recover damages. However,
your total amount of compensation will be reduced by your share of the
blame. If a judge grants a maximum award of $100,000, for example, but
you were determined to be 25% at fault in contributing to the accident,
you can only collect 75%, or $75,000, of the damages.
Note that any comparative negligence decisions in a personal injury claim
could impact your settlement with your insurance company. You will also have to operate under different rules if the negligent
party in an accident is an Illinois government employee. Our Chicago auto
accident attorney can advise on the most strategic course of action and
can also assist you with any
insurance disputes that may develop.
We will do everything possible to help you recover compensation after an
auto accident. Schedule a free initial consultation with our team at the
Kenny Law Firm by calling
(312) 647-2483 or
contacting us online.