According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were 162,527 motor vehicle accidents in Cook County, Illinois, in 2018. Overall, passenger vehicles in Illinois were involved in 69 percent of all motor vehicle accidents, resulting in 101,020 injuries and 936 deaths.
There is always a level of risk involved with driving on the roadway, even if you take extra precautions to avoid accidents and follow traffic laws. However, if you were involved in a passenger vehicle accident because another driver was negligent or reckless, you can work with a personal injury lawyer to pursue compensation and potentially recover your losses.
An Arlington Heights passenger vehicle accident lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can review your case to see if you are eligible to claim compensation for your injuries and damages related to the accident. Call our team at (800) 223-5115 to schedule a free consultation about your case, and we can begin taking steps to start your journey toward financial recovery.
Not All Passenger Vehicle Accidents Are the Same
Passenger vehicle accidents can involve other types of vehicles or parties, such as:
- Work construction vehicles
- Objects on the road
- Taxicabs or rideshare vehicles
If you were injured in a passenger vehicle, your general method of pursuing compensation might involve filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. However, depending on the elements of your case, you might have more than one liable party involved in your accident whom you could pursue compensation from.
Accidents involving a commercial vehicle or public transit vehicle typically have more than one liable party. Whether the accident involved a commercial truck, an Uber or Lyft vehicle, a bus, or a construction vehicle, you may be able to pursue compensation from the following:
- The driver
- The driver’s employer, e.g., a trucking company, Uber, or a construction company
- The vehicle manufacturing company
- The vehicle maintenance company or worker
- The local or state municipality, for cases involving buses or local construction worksites
- A third party who contributed to the accident
Accidents Involving an Uninsured Motorist
In the event that an at-fault party does not have insurance, your lawyer may advise you to pursue different routes to potentially win compensation.
In Illinois, per 215 ILCS 5/143a-2, all drivers are required to have uninsured motorist coverage in their automobile insurance policy. However, they may reject additional coverage, such as for underinsured motorist coverage.
If the other driver does not have auto insurance, you might be able to pursue compensation through your insurance company. Your lawyer can review your policy to determine how much coverage your insurer may offer and advise you on your options.
In all cases, your Arlington Heights passenger vehicle lawyer can review the elements of your case and identify liable parties involved in your accident. At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we do not shy away from tough cases. So, even if you are unsure about who might be at fault for your passenger vehicle accident or do not know how to achieve compensation, we are willing to review your case and help you as best as we can.
Call us today to schedule your free consultation with a member of our team. You can tell us what happened in your accident and get your questions answered as you weigh your legal options.
We Can Help You Fight for Multiple Awards to Recover Your Losses
Passenger vehicle accident victims can suffer more than just physical harm. They may experience several types of financial and emotional losses, as well. Filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit may help you recover from your losses, provided you accurately account for your total damages.
Working with a lawyer may benefit you, as they can suggest losses you might not have considered initially, such as losses to expect in the future because of your injuries or accident. They may also suggest other losses, based on how your injuries affected your life in general.
If you are successful with a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you might be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including costs for medications, rehabilitation, and emergency room treatment
- Lost income, both past and future
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Reduced earning capacity
In tragic cases, a passenger vehicle accident can lead to the death of a loved one, such as a child, parent, or spouse. If this applies to you, you might be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit on your loved one’s behalf.
Compensation may involve similar awards to personal injury cases and the following:
- Funeral costs, including costs for burials or cremation
- Final medical expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of parental guidance
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional anguish, grief, and suffering
- Loss of income (if the decedent was a financial provider)
Your lawyer may suggest other awards to pursue, depending on the details of your case.
For a free legal consultation with a Passenger Vehicle Accidents Lawyer serving Arlington Heights, call (800) 223-5115
Our Team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Wants to Work on Your Case
If a negligent or reckless driver caused an accident that injured you or a loved one, you could work with an Arlington Heights passenger vehicle accident lawyer to file a personal injury lawsuit against that driver and any other party who might be liable for your damages. You may also hire a lawyer to help you file a wrongful death lawsuit if a passenger vehicle accident ultimately caused your loved one’s death.
We understand how taxing it might be to handle a legal case on your own, which is why we want to offer our services to help you get the compensation you need to recover from your damages. Call (800) 223-5115 today to speak with a member of our team about the legal options available to you, and we can get started on preparing your case right away.
Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, so we do not collect any attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our percentage gets taken out of your settlement, so you do not have to pay our fees out of pocket.