Last Updated: December 10, 2017
Car Accident & Auto Accident Lawyers in Lake County, Illinois
Car accidents are the most common form of personal injury claims a personal injury attorney will handle and our law firm understands the impact these accidents have on your life. From the moment the car accident happens you have a list of things that must be taken care of in terms of contacting the police and seeking medical attention and getting your car repaired and contacting insurance companies and making sure that all of your medical bills are being paid.
About Lake County, Illinois
Lake County is a wonderful place to reside but with its numerous highways, tollways and busy streets accidents are constantly happening. In 2012 there were 35 car accident related deaths which represented an almost 20% increase from 2011. At the top of the list were car on car accidents and the majority of those accidents occurred in October. Truck, motorcycle and trains also played a part in the car related accident deaths. Alcohol played a part in one-fifth of the car accidents resulting in death and the largest bulk of those that passed away in these accidents were between the ages 21 and 30.
While our State continues to enact laws in an effort to make our roads and highways safer, such as laws pertaining to texting while driving or talking on your cell phones, Illinois has upwards of 150,000 miles of highways and roadways and remains the 5th busiest state in terms of its interstate highway system. Over 60,000 car accidents occur in our state on a yearly basis wherein at least one person was injured as the result of the collision and about 2 people are killed per day in Illinois car accidents per day.
Lake County Car Wrecks
Lake County car accidents are very common and our attorneys have spent years negotiating with these insurance companies and are very familiar with the adjusters and decision makers at these insurance carriers. Allow us to help you navigate your car accident case and make sure that your medical bills are being paid and your car is being repaired. Also allow us to monitor your medical treatment and appointments to make sure that you are getting the treatment you need and that you are being referred to the right specialists for the injuries and pain you are experiencing.
Common Injuries After an Auto Accident
The Lake County car accident attorneys at our firm specialize in representing people that have suffered serious injuries in the form of:
- Severe whiplash injuries to the back and neck
- Knee injuries that occur when bracing from impact or striking the dashboard
- Head injuries from striking some portion of the interior of the car;
- Leg, arm and spinal fractures
- Wrongful Death
Types of Lake County Car Accidents
We have certainly found in our practice at Stein & Shulman that not all car accidents are the same. Just as they occur for different reasons, the crashes themselves can manifest in numerous ways. Typically, Lake County automobile accidents involve:
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- T-Bone crashes
- Side-swipe crashes
- Run-off-the-road crashes
- Left-turn collisions
- Multi-car pileups
- Roll-over collisions
Each of these types of crashes is traumatic, and the level of damage to the car tends to indicate the severity of injury to the car occupants. If you have been involved in a car accident like the above — or any car accident in Lake County — an experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit against the other driver.
Proof of Claims and Negligence Per Se
In a car accident case in Lake County and the state of Illinois, you will generally need to prove three things to receive a favorable verdict:
- The defendant (the other driver or other party involved) owed you a duty to use reasonable care under the circumstances leading up to the accident;
- The defendant did not use reasonable care leading up to the accident;
- The defendant’s failure to use reasonable care caused the accident; and
- The accident caused your injury.
In certain cases, if a car accident occurs because a driver violated a traffic law, the injured party might be able to seek compensation for his or her injuries using the doctrine of “negligence per se.” Negligence per se is a legal term that means when a person violated a safety law, he or she is automatically considered negligent in the eyes of the court. In other words, the injured party will no longer need to prove the defendant owed a duty of care or failed to use care.
But that’s not to say you automatically win the case. Even under a finding of negligence per se, you must prove a violation of law took place, the violation caused the accident, and you were injured as a result. This can be challenging, especially when an accident occurs in an area without cameras and with no objective witnesses. Stein & Shulman will not shy away from challenging cases, however.
What are the Next Steps?
When you hire us to represent you, we will begin investigating your case right away to see if you have grounds for a lawsuit. We have a simple and easy sign-up process for our cases because we know you have been through enough stress already. Here are the steps we will go through together when you contact us:
- Initial call – This is your first contact with us, when we hear your account of what happened. You will speak to one of our compassionate staff members and provide us your contact information and a basic description of the accident and your injury.
- Attorney follow-up – One of our dedicated attorneys will then follow-up with you to gather more detailed information and discuss our firm’s preliminary sense of your potential case.
- Paperwork – Next, you will fill out some paperwork to allow us to begin our investigation. Our team will walk you through these documents to make sure you understand exactly what they mean. We will then order records and reports to review the events of the accident and the nature of your injuries.
With these simple steps, you will be on your way to obtaining answers about your case. It all starts with one call, so contact us today.
Free Case Review – Put Our 45+ Years of Combined Legal Experience in Accident Claims to Work For You
Injuries such as these can place a strangle hold on your family’s financial future. Savings can deteriorate quickly and in the event one is prevented from returning to work, the family’s financial picture becomes bleak. Let the car accident attorneys at Stein & Shulman help you during this difficult time. The call to our office is free and so is the advice we provide. If you have been involved in a car accident in Lake County please feel free to call us at (312) 422-0500 so we can discuss your case and get you on the road to recovery and a settlement that compensates you for your injuries.