Reckless drivers can wreak havoc on the roadways. If a reckless driver crashed into your vehicle, you might have suffered severe and life-threatening injuries. You may have received treatment for head trauma, whiplash, internal injuries, and broken bones.
Once doctors release you from the hospital, you might recover at home or receive care in a rehabilitation facility. You may have to undergo physical and occupational therapy or chiropractic care, and doctors might have told you that you will not likely make a full recovery even with all these treatments. You may face the prospect of limited mobility and chronic pain for the rest of your life.
The accident may have left you unable to work. Even after undergoing months of treatment and multiple surgeries, you can’t perform some of the duties you used to handle. You could take on a different role in another department—one that pays you substantially less than your old one.
Your condition might have left you figuring out what other types of work you can do to support yourself and your family and how you can pay for the necessary training. Worse, your injuries might have left you permanently disabled and unable to work at all.
With medical bills already totaling tens of thousands of dollars—and likely to continue growing—your family might now struggle to cover basic living expenses, such as your mortgage or rent, utilities, and groceries. You may have used up your emergency fund, and you might consider using money that you had invested for retirement just to make ends meet.
Does any of this sound familiar to you? An Aurora reckless driving accident lawyer could help you seek justice and compensation. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has represented clients all over the United States who suffered injuries in car crashes caused by others’ actions or negligence. We could help you file a personal injury lawsuit against the reckless driver to seek financial compensation for your losses. Call our office today at (800) 223-5115 to speak with a member of our team.
Defining Reckless Driving
According to 625 ILCS 5/11-503, reckless driving involves a person driving their vehicle “with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Reckless driving could include a variety of actions on the road, such as:
- Driving too fast
- Weaving from lane to lane
- Cutting off other motorists
- Tailgating (following too close behind another vehicle)
- Running red lights or stop signs
A driver who engages in those types of behaviors might collide with another vehicle, a pedestrian, or a person riding a bicycle. A reckless driver might also cause an accident indirectly. Other motorists may swerve, change lanes suddenly, or slam on their brakes to avoid being hit by the reckless driver. That could cause a crash involving two or more other vehicles or might cause a driver to hit a sign or fence, go off the road, or collide with a pedestrian.
How an Aurora Reckless Driving Accident Lawyer Could Help You
The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can investigate the crash to determine its cause and who you could hold liable for your injuries. We can start by reviewing the police report to learn whether the other driver received a ticket or a warning for traveling too fast, running a red light, or engaging in some other reckless action.
We can speak with you, anyone in the car with you at the time of the accident, and any witnesses who saw what happened or observed the other motorist’s actions in the moments leading up to the crash. Someone who did not see the collision itself but saw the driver speeding or cutting people off could help us establish that the driver behaved recklessly.
Once we have gathered evidence, we might file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf to seek compensation for your medical expenses (both past and future), lost income, lost or reduced earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
In personal injury cases, an Aurora reckless driving accident lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can often negotiate a settlement with an attorney representing the other party and avoid a long and expensive trial. However, if necessary, we will go to court to obtain an amount of compensation that we consider fair to our client. Call our team today to learn more about what we can do for you.
For a free legal consultation with a Reckless Driving Accidents Lawyer serving Aurora, call (800) 794-0444
How Your Actions Could Affect Your Compensation
An investigation may reveal that both drivers contributed to the collision. For instance, the other person may have traveled too fast or swerved erratically from lane to lane, but you may have failed to take evasive action because you were on your cell phone or reached for something that had fallen to the floor. An attorney representing the other driver may claim that you have partial responsibility for the collision.
Even if that is true, you could still qualify for compensation. Illinois has a modified comparative negligence law, 735 ILCS 5/2-1107.1, that addresses those types of situations. You could still recover a financial award if you were not more than 50 percent liable for the collision. The court would reduce your level of compensation to account for your share of responsibility for the crash. An Aurora reckless driving accident lawyer can argue on your behalf to mitigate any blame assigned to you.
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Contact an Aurora Reckless Driving Accident Lawyer
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm could help you pursue a financial award to cover your losses related to the car crash, but you have a limited window of opportunity to act. According to 735 ILCS 5/13-202, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is just two years. If you miss the deadline, the court might bar you from recovering any compensation, even if you have a valid claim. Call our office today at (800) 223-5115, so we can begin working on your case as quickly as possible.