ILLINOIS AUTO ACCIDENT LAWS, SETTLEMENTS, AND CLAIMS ATTORNEYS READY TO FIGHT FOR YOU!
Over 400,000 traffic crash reports are filed in the State of Illinois each year and over a quarter of those accidents are reported to the Chicago Police Department. Unfortunately, as technology continues to advance forward and more people are texting, emailing and talking on their cellular phones while driving, those figures could go up. Given the number of car accidents that occur daily it is very important that people know what steps they need to take immediately following an accident to protect their rights.
TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION AT THE SCENE OF THE AUTO ACCIDENT
You will need to be vigilant at the scene of the accident. This is a difficult time for people because they are disoriented, possibly in immediate pain and not thinking clearly. However, please make sure you speak with a police officer at the scene of the accident and provide them with a clear description of how the accident happened. You do not want the only version of the events to be provided by the other driver as this could eliminate your right to a recovery. Make sure you call the police to the scene of the accident and speak with the officer directly when he or she arrives. Make sure to get the names and contact information of any witnesses and provide that information to the police officer.
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
Next, it is very important that you seek professional medical attention immediately after the accident. Even if you think you were not seriously injured it important to get a medical provider’s opinion, as many symptoms can be latent in nature and not show up for a few days after the accident.
WE WILL TAKE A STAND FOR YOU
Lastly and most importantly, make sure to contact an attorney right away so you have the proper advice and guidance before speaking with insurance adjusters. Insurance companies will be quick to ask for recorded statements from people that were injured in an accident and you need to make sure you have an experience Chicago car accident attorney’s input and advice before doing so.
For nearly forty-five years the Chicago attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC have been successful in helping clients recover full and fair damages for injuries resulting from all types of car accidents, including:
- Aggressive Driving Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Chartered Bus Accidents
- School Bus Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Driving and Talking on Cell Phones
- Drowsy Driving
- DUI Accidents
- DUI – Illegal Drug Impairment
- DUI/Prescription Drugs
- Head-on Collision
- Highway Accidents
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Limousine Accident
- Lyft Accidents
- Multi-Vehicle Accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Fatigue Truck Drivers
- Rear-End Collisions
- Rental Car Accidents
- Road Departure Accidents
- Road Rage Drivers
- Rollover Accidents
- Roof Crush
- Side Impact Collisions
- Taxi Cab Passenger Accidents
- T-Bone Intersection Crashes
- Tire Blowout Accident and Defective Tire Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Uber Passenger Accidents
- Uninsured or Underinsured/Hit and Run Accidents
- Work Zone Accidents
- Uninsured or Underinsured/Hit and Run Accidents
TYPES OF CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES
While almost no car accident is free of emotional trauma, the worst accidents involve physical injury to you or a loved one. In more than four decades of experience litigating vehicle collision cases, we have seen a range of injuries, all of which have lasting effects on the lives of the people involved.
CAR ACCIDENTS CAN RESULT IN ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING INJURIES:
- Fractures and broken bones – Bone fractures and bone breaks are among the most common types of injuries that occur during vehicle crashes. Sometimes these are relatively minor — such as broken toes or fingers — but too often, broken bones present a serious danger. For instance, broken ribs can result in puncture of internal organs and internal bleeding, which can be life threatening.
- Joint dislocation – Joint dislocation is another frequent injury associated with car crashes. People generally recover from these injuries within a few weeks, but the medical bills can be costly. In addition, people report being prone to repeat dislocations after the first occurrence.
- Head and/or neck injuries – During a car accident, the head and neck are especially vulnerable. The force of impact can jolt a person’s body around, creating risk of hitting the head against objects within the car or wrenching the neck during impact. Any blow to the head or serious twist of the neck can become gravely serious, and both will always require immediate medical workup.
- Whiplash – Strong backward-then-forward force on the neck is known as whiplash. Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash, typically occurring in rear-end collisions. The immediate effect of whiplash is intense neck pain, but lingering symptoms can include:
1. Lost range of motion in the neck
3. Tingling or numbness in the shoulders, back, or arms
6. Ringing in the ears
7. Blurred vision
- Internal bleeding or organ damage – Internal bleeding and organ injuries can occur during car accidents because of force of impact, striking objects in the car, and glass breakage. These can become fatal quickly, in part because they are not as easily detected as an injury to the outside of the body. Immediate medical care is required if an internal injury is suspected.
- Brain injuries – Especially in circumstances where someone is ejected from the vehicle, car crashes can result in traumatic brain injury. These are among the most serious cases we see because the consequences are far-reaching and often permanent. Some of our car accident clients have lost the ability to lead normal lives because of their severe brain injuries.
- Burns – When a crash results in a vehicle fire, drivers and passengers are at risk of burn injuries. Treatment for burns is long, excruciating, and expensive, and victims often suffer permanent, painful disfigurement.
- Spinal cord injuries – Spinal cord injuries can occur in accidents like high-speed crashes and vehicle overturn/pinning collisions. These injuries are especially traumatic because they usually lead to lost sensation or paralysis, particularly in the limbs. The severity of injury will usually depend on the location and force of impact to the spinal cord.
- Death – The most serious car crash cases result in loss of life, either at the scene or shortly thereafter.
At Stein & Shulman, LLC, we have experience with cases involving all of the above injuries, and we are prepared to fight for you. We understand how a car accident can dramatically change your life, and we will work tirelessly to bring you the justice you and your family deserve.
HOW TO AVOID BEING INVOLVED IN A FUTURE CAR ACCIDENT
Fender benders and pile-ups can sometimes seem like just part of life. But there are simple steps you can take every day to avoid being in or causing a car accident. Give these a try the next time you’re behind the wheel.
- Take your time – We rush nonstop these days. With all the hurrying, we lose sight of safety and make poor decisions with our driving. Remember that you are going to arrive somewhere a lot slower if your car has to be towed or if you are pulled over for speeding. Give yourself a few extra minutes every trip to relax and arrive safely.
- Remove distractions – Cell phones, radios, fast food, kids, pets all can pull your concentration away from the road and place you at risk for a wreck. When you get in your car:
- Turn your cell phone on silent, place it in “Do Not Disturb” mode, or shut it completely off. Phones account for a startlingly high number of accidents every year, but very few calls or messages need your urgent attention. It is much safer to wait until you are at your destination.
- Set the radio where you want it. Constantly fidgeting with the radio means you are not focusing on your driving. Accidents can happen in a split second, so set the radio on a station you like while you’re still in park, and leave it.
- Wait to eat until you get home. Sometimes, you and the kids are starving, and it feels like you can’t wait another minute. But if you’re near home, waiting is much safer. One spill of the fries, and you’re veering off the road. If you’re on a road trip, go into the restaurant to give the family a deserved break from the car.
- Secure children and pets. Give the kids something to do during a long drive, like games or crossword puzzles, and teach them about the importance of safe driving. Make sure pets are not able to jump around the car where they can cause you to swerve or obstruct your view.
- Stay alert – Never drive when you are too tired, and be sure to pay attention to road signs, speed limits, and the actions of drivers around you. While you can control your own driving, sometimes avoiding an accident is all about playing defense. Be aware of your surroundings so you have ample time to respond to someone driving recklessly.
And when despite your best efforts you are involved in an accident, contact our dedicated Chicago attorneys to put yourself at ease. Stein & Shulman, LLC can help you understand what to do following a collision and help you obtain the compensation you need.
DRUGGED DRIVING IN ILLINOIS: THE HARSH REALITY
Campaigns railing against the dangers of drunk driving successfully focused attention on a problem that was running out of control in the mid-1980s. Now, groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), are beginning to turn their attention to combatting drugged driving. Notwithstanding the efforts of MADD and other groups like AAA, drugged driving has emerged as a severe and pervasive problem on Illinois roads today.
Symptomology of a drugged driver might appear to be similar to what a drunk driver might exhibit. Drugged drivers tend to lose focus, have bloodshot and glassy eyes, speak incoherently or with a thick tongue, and have difficulty staying awake, among other symptoms. Other symptoms of drug use might include hallucinations, bouts of paranoia, the inability to perceive accurately, reaction time slows, and decision making is impeded.
Part of the problem lies in law enforcement’s ability to detect a driver impaired by narcotics. Field sobriety tests do not reliably detect someone who is under the influence of drugs in the same way a person who is intoxicated by alcohol. Additionally, drug detection officers cannot tell what drugs the subject might have ingested. All the officer might be able to say is that the person is under the influence of a substance that is not alcohol.
Now as marijuana laws loosen around the country, more people have the opportunity to drive under the influence of that substance. Despite loosening restrictions on possession of marijuana around the country, Illinois law prohibits driving after ingesting marijuana or any other drug including opiates and prescription medications. Driving after taking certain medications like Oxycodone, Valium, Percocet, Oxycontin, Vicodin, sleeping pills, and any other medicines, even if it is an over-the-counter drug, can have the same or similar effects that illicit medications might have on a person’s ability to drive safely.
If you or a family member is a victim of an Illinois drugged driving accident, then you need an Illinois attorney who will fight aggressively to protect and your family and maximize the return you receive on your drugged driving personal injury claim in Illinois.
INJURED? CALL STEIN SHULMAN, LLC FOR YOUR INSTANT CASE ANALYSIS
Stein & Shulman, LLC has over 45 years of combined experienced in Illinois Car Accident Injury Law. You can receive a free and instant case review by calling our office at (312) 422-0506.
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Our skilled car accident attorneys can advise you on how to seek proper care and what to expect during the process of filing claims. Take advantage of the free consultation with one of our attorneys and contact us to discuss your case. Upon evaluation, we will advise you whether your case has merit and the necessary steps that need to be taken to seek recovery. We will take a stand for you and help guide you through this stressful time.
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