Illinois driving laws, in summary, requires the driver on the lesser road to yield to the vehicles on the main thoroughfare. Take merging onto a highway from an on-ramp, for example. In that specific instance, the vehicle merging into traffic from the on-ramp must yield to the vehicles already on the Interstate. Most merges from on-ramp to highway have Yield signs posted. Additionally, when merging onto a road, the merging driver must pay rapt attention to the flow of traffic and the vehicles in front. Oftentimes, a driver will forget about the car in front because he or she is only watching the flow of traffic instead of watching both and will crash into the rear-end of the car in front.

The driver on the main thoroughfare has no duty to move out of the way for a merging vehicle. Doing so is the safe and courteous action to take, but Illinois law does not require it. However, the motorist who observes a vehicle merging onto the main road from a lesser road has a responsibility to avoid a crash if possible. The driver on the larger road cannot argue persuasively that he or she has no obligation whatsoever to prevent a collision if the person merging failed to yield. The driver with the presumptive right of way can see the traffic ahead and might have a chance to avoid a collision with a merging vehicle because his or her vision is not impeded. Conversely, the merging car has an awkward line-of-sight. The driver can look over a shoulder while yielding but will need to rely on the side view and rear view mirrors to monitor oncoming cars. 

As can be seen, you should not automatically assume you will win your Chicago accident case because you were hit by a merging driver. Insurance defense lawyers aggressively defend their clients and will work hard to show that you could have avoided the accident involving a merging driver. 

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Chicago Accident Attorneys

Illinois law, found at 625 ILCS 5/11-401, obligates every motorist, whether at fault or not in the accident, to stop and make himself or herself known to the other drivers involved, exchange license information, and provide proof of insurance. Motorists have a duty to call for help if someone is injured. Also, motorists have to file accident reports with the local police department or sheriff’s office immediately after the accident or within a short time after release from the hospital if the driver was injured. 

Any person who is at-fault for the crash, if able, would take off from the accident scene if the law was not in place. Even with the clear command of 625 ILCS 5/11-401, many motorists leave from the crash site without complying with the law. The law gives injured drivers a chance to find out who was involved and who insures the vehicle in order to file a personal injury claim and a property damage claim, if necessary. Complying with the law is not an admission of guilt. 

Almost all car accidents in Illinois happen when one driver fails to yield. Illinois has many laws that create a duty for one driver to yield to another car or vehicle in many circumstances. In some instances, the failure to comply with the law creates a presumption that the driver who failed to yield is at fault.

Illinois driving laws are clear, concise, and easy to understand. However, the application of Illinois’ driving rules varies depending on the circumstances. For instance, a speeding driver who collides with another motor vehicle will most certainly be deemed to be at fault for the crash. However, there are instances when complying with the speed limit or even going slower than the speed limit will still lead to a finding of fault if the driver fails to yield when he or she is obligated to yield according to Illinois law.

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Chicago Accident Law Lawyers

People drive fast these days. Almost everyone seems to be in a scurry to get to their destination. Frustration mounts as drivers get stuck in traffic for whatever reason. At times, driving on the Interstate seems like a stock car race. One car is so close to the rear of the car in front that it almost looks like the one car is drafting the other. Despite the apparent danger, people insist on driving this way.  Excessive speed is one of the most frequently cited causes of fatal motor vehicle accidents. 

Of course, driving excessively fast for the given road conditions is dangerous. That is why Illinois statute 625 ILCS 5/601(a) is on the books. That particular section of Illinois law commands that drivers must drive at a reasonable speed, and not necessarily in compliance with the posted speed limit, to avoid an accident. Law enforcement officers called to investigate an accident could cite any driver for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident if the evidence gathered at the scene persuades the officer that someone was driving too fast. The issue is whether the driver used “due care” while driving. 

Drivers would take off from most accidents if they could. However, a sense of duty, compassion, morality, and humanity keep people at the scene of the crash irrespective of the relative fault of each driver. Illinois statute 625 ILCS 5/11-401 orders a motorist to remain at the scene of the incident and to provide information that identifies the person and the insurance carrier for the vehicle involved in the crash. Although this law forces people to act against their best interest, the law is just. Without it, many people would go away to try to avoid civil and criminal liability for their failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash. 

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Shoulder Injuries Lawsuit

Rear-end crashes can happen in many situations. Every time you take the wheel when driving or hop in the car as a passenger, you will be in many situations that leave you exposed to getting hit from behind. The exposure you face has nothing to do with how you drive necessarily. You are in danger of getting into a rear-end collision when you stop for a stop sign, yield while entering the highway to merge, stopping for pedestrians, and slowing for a yellow light to list a few examples.

Rear-end accidents happen when people do not pay attention to the road before them. Drivers who tailgate, follow too closely, text while driving, drive drunk or high, or simply who do not pay attention to the road are at high risk for crashing into someone from behind.

Most of the time, a rear-end accident is the fault of the motorist approaching from behind, but not always. Slowing or stopping too fast can cause a crash. Driving erratically can cause a rear-end crash, and so can road rage driving.

Perhaps whiplash and soft tissue injuries are the two injuries people involved in rear-end accidents suffer. Rear-end crashes can inflict other injuries, but soft tissue injuries seem to be the most common.

Soft tissue injuries are merely a broad category of injuries that describe wounds that concern the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and skin only. Even though there are no broken bones, nerve damage, or another more serious injury, soft tissue damage and whiplash are painful. Those types of injuries can take a long time to heal and require lengthy rehabilitation.

Merely describing the injuries like whiplash and soft tissue injuries does not diminish the importance of your claim. You should receive financial compensation for all losses you endure if you were hit by another person in a rear-end accident.

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Car Accident Brachial Plexus Injury Settlement Lawyers in Illinois

A broken leg is a painful and potentially devastating injury. Depending on how the bones break and which bones break, you could need repeated surgeries requiring the orthopedic surgeons to reconstruct your bones with screws, wire, and metal plates. Furthermore, you might end up with permanent damage from your injury even if the bones heal. Such a devastating injury could force you out of work while facing a pile of medical bills, lost salary, lost benefits, and future medical costs.

The human legs are at the mercy of the forces applied to it in an automobile crash. Despite how hard your leg bones are, they are no match for crushed metal. The bones of the lower leg, named the tibia and fibula, can get caught under the dashboard of a crumbling vehicle and snap. Similarly, the bones of your feet and ankles are at risk for sustaining a significant fracture in a car crash. Additionally, your kneecap, or patella, could slam into the dashboard and fracture. The femur, which is the thigh bone, can break if you are sitting at the door and a car crashes directly into you in a so-called “t-bone” accident. The bones of the hip can be broken in a t-bone crash as well.

The severity of the break depends on many factors such as the speed at which the cars collide, the health of the bones, the age of the person, previous injuries, and whether the motorist is restrained by a seatbelt. Orthopedic surgeons describe the severity of a fracture by defining with the wound is open or closed and whether the bone broke in multiple places or just one. An open fracture is sometimes described as a “compound fracture,” meaning the bone came through the skin. Orthopedic doctors will also describe leg fractures in terms of how the bone broke, such as a complete fracture, partial fracture, or a spiral fracture.

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Free case analysis car accident attorney in Chicago, Illinois

If you were a victim of a severe car accident and sustained serious, long-lasting, and painful personal injuries, the chances are high that you will want the person who hurt you to pay. The feeling is natural. You want the other person to pay, that is to be punished. You want retribution, but also, you want to be made whole. Those feelings are perfectly rational. 

During our first meeting with our new client, we always field questions about how much we think a case is worth. Many variables are in play when discussing the monetary value of a case. Fortunately, we have a significant amount of experience to draw upon to help us figure out the number of damages you might win in the end.  

There are four general categories of damages for which Illinois allows a victim of negligence to recover. The four categories are medical bills, future medical payments or obligations, lost wages, and loss of future income. Those four categories of damages can provide an estimate about the special, or economic damages, you can claim in your case. These are known as actual damages. 

Illinois law recognizes compensatory damages as well. Compensatory damages are difficult to quantify with any certainty. Compensatory damages like pain, suffering, and emotional distress are hard to categorize because the injury is so personal. There could be an objective amount of damage like bills from visiting a therapist, but those bills do not explain how you cannot sleep at night because you are in that much pain, the mental anguish you feel because you can no longer pick up your child, or how you regard your life as less meaningful after your accident.

There is one additional category of damages that typically do not arise in the average negligence case but are important to learn about just in case your claim falls into this limited category. Punitive damages, also called exemplary damages, as the name implies, are designed as punishment. They are intended to hurt the defendant. They are not available for a “straight negligence” claim, but you might be eligible if the other driver was intoxicated or drove recklessly.

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Chicago Auto Accident Lawyers

You should contact an Illinois car accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident. Doing so will help you understand your rights, your legal obligations, and help you avoid common pitfalls unrepresented claimants encounter. If you take the wrong action in the aftermath of an accident, say the wrong thing, or try to handle matters without involving an attorney, then you are asking for trouble. 

There is a frequent objection to the advice that you should consult a lawyer immediately. Money is an issue. You could be out of work after your accident. Worse yet, you might be stuck in a hospital bed or recuperating in a rehabilitation facility after an accident. The last thing you are considering is paying for a lawyer’s consultation. Not every lawyer offers free consultations, but our firm does. Talk with a lawyer who will give you the time to explain your situation without having to pay for it. You can use that free meeting to understand more about your rights, how a strong case is assembled, and how you might be able to protect your family in this tumultuous and uncertain time.

Human nature dictates that we endeavor to learn about the end, while we are still at the beginning. Consequently, most people want to know how much they are going to win with a settlement, and when will the settlement day arrive. If you are healed and only have medical bills that amount up to $1,000.00, then you might not get anything because PIP or other insurance will cover your losses. However, if you have several thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, other expenses, along with long-lasting injuries, your claim could be worth a whole lot more. 

There is one key factor in calculating damages that people seem to forget. Insurance companies love to blame the victim for their losses. Insurance companies will try to work through your losses and say that they are from a pre-existing injury or that you were the reason the accident happened in the first instance. A lawyer who knows how to handle difficult claims adjusters will fight for you and hope you realize the largest settlement sum possible.

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Chicago Accident Law Lawyers

You have the right under Illinois law to recover money as compensation for the damage to your automobile if you were in an accident. Ironically, there is a common misconception that damage awards are only limited to personal injuries in Illinois car wrecks. That is not true. If you were involved in an auto collision and that collision was the fault of the other driver, then you have the right to recover for repairs to your vehicle or the replacement value of your automobile if it is totaled. The replacement value is typically 70% of the cost of the vehicle.

Insurance companies cut costs wherever they can. You have the right to have new parts installed on your car rather than used parts or secondary parts that mimic the original. Some insurance companies have substituted so-called “knock-off” parts for the genuine parts approved by your vehicle manufacturer. Using knock-off parts devalues your car and potentially does not return your car to the full state of worth it was in at the time of the crash. 

Diminished value of your car is a benefit of which most people are unaware. You have the right to compensation for the difference between the estimated value of your vehicle before the crash and the fair market value of the car after it is repaired. If you were to trade your car in to a dealership, you would not receive as much for it as if the car was up damaged. Thus, you lost money, and therefore, you should receive the difference in value. Sometimes the difference in value could be thousands of dollars depending on how extensive the crash was and the nature of the repairs.

There are other property damage losses you can claim in an Illinois car accident. Any after-market additions you made to the vehicle that enhances the value of the car can be claimed in the total value of the loss. Additionally, you can claim the value of the damaged or destroyed property that was in the car when the crash happened. For example, if you carried your golf clubs in the trunk and they were damaged in a rear-end collision, then you are eligible to receive the replacement value of your clubs.

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At Fault Driver Has No Insurance

Not every physical injury heals, but with medicine, rehabilitation, and time, physical wounds will repair themselves. On the other hand, money does not replenish itself. We all have a window of time in which we can work. For some, that window is longer than others but is finite none-the-less. Therefore, not being able to work because of a car accident in Illinois caused by someone else deprives you of the right to earn as much money in your lifetime as you can. 

Some unlucky people are permanently deprived of working ever again after an accident. Those unfortunate people did nothing but be in the wrong place. Yet, they unfairly suffer the consequences of another driver’s carelessness. Some of those people who were grievously injured might be able to return to work in a limited capacity while others might never get back to work again. 

Loss of income has a greater implication that just the wages you lost in the aftermath of your Illinois car accident. Lost income means losses of other benefits in addition to a lost salary. Lost vacation time, used sick time, missed opportunity to contribute to 401(k) plans, pension plans, paying for healthcare insurance, and other employee benefits. 

There is another component to lost wages for which an injured plaintiff must account to realize full compensation for damages. Lost ability to earn is the compensation you could earn in the future but be deprived of that chance, either partially or completely, because of the accident.

Possible lost earnings are difficult to calculate. Several factors play into consideration, such as your professional background, education, training, the severity of the injuries, and loss of bodily function as it relates to job retraining. Your standard of living and the area in which you live will also play a role in calculating your lost earning potential. 

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Chicago Auto Accident Lawyers

A very small percentage of accident claims ever go to trial in Illinois. The parties often resolve the case by a settlement at some time during the proceedings. Many claims never reach the trial stage because of a settlement. However, there is never a set timeline for any case to settle.

Settling your claim with a third-party insurance company takes patience, understanding, and fortitude. Some cases settle faster than others. The speed with which a case reaches settlement often depends on how egregious the third-party actions were and the severity of the injuries you suffered. Therefore, you cannot compare your case to another’s if your case does not settle as fast as someone else’s case. They are as diverse from one another as you are from that other person.

You must bear in mind that insurance companies will not settle with you for the amount you want simply because you were hurt in an accident. In other words, you must convince them that you deserve the settlement you have demanded. Otherwise, the insurance company will not take you seriously, and it could affect how the insurer deals with you. If you demand $1 million in a settlement but only had back pain that completely healed after a month of treatment and you only missed work for two days, then the insurance company is not likely to see you as a real victim. On the other hand, for example, if you missed a year out of work, spent six months in traction, needed several surgeries to repair the damage and might need more in the future, coupled with the harsh reality that you will never walk right again, then your claim is not as easily dismissed. 

There is another issue that can delay settlement. Limitation of insurance companies’ liability often forces lawyers to search elsewhere for insurance proceeds. If the person who hit you only had the statutory minimum of $20,000.00 and your medical bills were well over that, your lawyer might need to file a first-party claim with your insurance company or investigate to see if liability could attach elsewhere. 

Just before the second anniversary of your accident, you must file a case in court if you have not settled. You might push your case to trial if the insurance company is not dealing with you fairly. However, courts encourage parties to work out their differences without resorting to a trial, and most cases do settle.

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