MULTI-VEHICLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
CHAIN REACTION/MULTI-VEHICLE ACCIDENT LAWSUITS, SETTLEMENTS & CLAIMS
Multi-vehicle accidents and chain reaction accidents are notoriously more dangerous than two-car collisions. All it takes is one person’s negligence to create confusion that ends up leading to more collisions because everyone is trying to avoid a major accident, resulting in a multi-vehicle accident; or a driver may be distracted for a second and rear-ends a vehicle that is stopped in traffic and in turn that vehicle rear-ends the vehicle in front of it thereby causing a chain-reaction. Multi-vehicle and chain reaction crashes can be especially dangerous because there may be more than one impact and therefore the risk of injury and death increases.
DETERMINING WHO IS AT FAULT?
Determining liability, particularly in multi-vehicle and chain reaction accidents, can be very difficult because more vehicles are involved making it difficult to determine who is at fault. Every driver has duty of care to other drivers to act like a reasonable and prudent person would act under similar circumstances. Failing to act like a reasonable and prudent person, or breaching this duty of care, may be considered a negligence act. If a driver is determined to be negligence and the cause of injuries to another driver, the injured driver has a legal right to compensation from the at-fault driver.
In Illinois, comparative laws determine how the responsibility for a car accident will be shared between the parties involved and are used to determine the damage a victim of a car accident may be eligible to recover. Illinois has adopted the modified comparative negligence as the standard for recovering damages. Meaning an injured driver may recover damages only if he or she is determined to be less than 51% at fault. So long as you are not determined to be more than 50% liable, you can move forward with a claim for your personal injuries. However, even if an injured driver is determine to be less than 51% at fault the damages he or she is entitled to may be reduced in proportion to the degree that he or she is determined to be at fault for the accident. For example, if the other driver is determined to be 80% at fault and you are determined to be 20% at fault, the other driver’s insurance company may only offer to compensate for 80% of your damages.
THE ACCIDENT WASN’T MY FAULT – HOW CAN I RECOVER DAMAGES?
Pursuing your rights and maximizing your compensation requires a high level of skill and knowledge from attorneys who have experience representing victims of multi-vehicle and chain reaction accidents. Hiring an attorney can significantly improve your chance of being able to identify who was responsible for your injuries and successfully recover the full compensation you deserve for your injuries.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN A MULTI-VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS?
In the aftermath of a car crash, especially with the commotion of a multi-vehicle accident, it can be difficult to know what to do. If you are involved in one of these collisions in Chicago, keep in mind the following tips:
- Stay at the scene of the accident. Following a collision, you do not want to leave the area. If you know someone is injured, you might want to try to rush that person to a hospital, but you need to stay where you are, and let emergency response take over. Leaving the scene can cause legal problems for you, especially if you are worried you might share some fault in the crash.
- Check for injuries, and call for help. Assess any injuries to yourself and your passengers in the car, and immediately dial 911 if you find someone injured. Try to be calm on the line, so dispatch can understand exactly where you are and what kind of emergency care you need. Do not try to provide medical care to people at the scene if you do not have medical training or are unsure of their condition. It is best to wait for professionals to help.
- Move away from oncoming traffic. If you are able to move your vehicle, try to pull over into the shoulder or to a clear area away from oncoming traffic. You do not want to place yourself in continued danger or endanger other motorists by blocking traffic if you can avoid doing so.
- Gather and exchange information. If you have the time and ability to do so, gather names, contact information, and insurance information from all drivers also involved in the collision. Also try to obtain names and contact information from any witnesses nearby who might have seen what happened. In addition, if you can safely accomplish the task, try to take photos or videos of the scene, any damage to your vehicle, and injuries to yourself or passengers.
- Do not admit fault. When speaking to anyone at the scene, including law enforcement obtaining your statement, do not admit fault in the accident. If you talk to a police officer, give a concise account of what you saw and experienced, but do not make any signed statements without speaking to an attorney.
- Hire an experienced car accident lawyer. If you have been involved in a car accident with vehicle damage and bodily injury, you need the most knowledgeable legal counsel on your side. Multi-vehicle car crash cases can be quite complex, and it is vital for you to be represented by someone who understands the law and the nature of these claims. When you hire Stein & Shulman, LLC, you can feel confident you and your family are in good hands, as you are backed by our 40 years of experience and our steadfast dedication to achieving the best results for our clients.
We realize during a stressful and frightening multi-vehicle car accident, you are not going to be able to access a guidebook or search online for instructions on what to do next. Time is limited, and emotions are high. So above all else, the best things you can always remember to do following a car collision are: (1) try to remain as calm as possible, and (2) immediately call for help. The emergency response team and your skilled personal injury lawyer will be able to help you deal with everything else.
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If you were involved in a multi-vehicle or chain-reaction accident, call one of our experienced accident attorneys today for a free consultation. The attorneys at Stein & Shulman have over 45 years of experience in helping victims of chain reaction and multi-vehicle accidents maximize the compensation they deserve.