If you were hit by a driver who was texting, you may have suffered serious harm. You may have been treated in a hospital for head, neck, and back injuries, as well as cuts, internal bleeding, organ damage, and even lost limbs or paralysis. You may need more surgeries in the future, or you may have to undergo months of physical therapy or chiropractic treatment.
The medical bills may be astronomical, and there may be no end in sight. On top of that, your injuries may have left you unable to work. You and your family may be struggling to make ends meet.
Doctors may have told you that even if you receive the best care available, you may never fully recover from your injuries. Your range of motion may be limited, your balance and coordination may be permanently affected, and you may suffer from chronic pain. If you return to work, you may not be able to do all the things you used to do. It may be impossible for you to go back to work at all. You may have to look for employment in another field, or you may not be able to work in any capacity.
These sudden and catastrophic changes may be taking a heavy emotional toll on you. The physical pain may be making it difficult to perform simple tasks and to get a good night’s sleep. You may be feeling helpless, depressed, and worried about the future. All of this may be straining your relationships with your loved ones.
An Aurora texting while driving accident lawyer may be able to help. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has represented clients across the United States who suffered because of other people’s negligence. We may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Call our office today at (800) 223-5115 to discuss your case with a member of our staff.
Dangers of Texting While Driving
The widespread use of cellphones has made distracted driving a serious problem across the United States. Texting while driving is particularly dangerous. When a motorist is texting, not only is that person using at least one hand to hold the phone, but he or she is looking at the screen and not at the road.
Many people do not realize how much ground a vehicle can cover in a short amount of time. A person who is not looking at the road is, in essence, driving blind, and a car can travel hundreds of feet while the operator has no idea what is happening up ahead. A driver who is not paying attention may strike another vehicle, a person riding a bicycle, or a pedestrian.
Texting while driving is illegal in Illinois. Under 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2, using a cellphone or another electronic communication device while operating a motor vehicle is prohibited. Violators can be punished by a fine, with the amount increasing with each subsequent offense.
How an Aurora Texting While Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help You
The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can investigate to find out if the person who hit you was texting behind the wheel. We can begin by reviewing the accident report to find out if the driver admitted to texting or if you or a witness reported seeing the motorist texting just before the collision. If so, that can help us show that the driver was negligent and liable for your injuries.
Our team can interview you, any passengers who were riding in your vehicle at the time of the crash, and any witnesses who were nearby and saw what happened. We can also find out if a traffic camera at an intersection, a surveillance camera at a nearby business or residence, or someone’s cell phone recorded video of the accident or the moments leading up to it. We may also review the other driver’s cell phone records to find out if a text was sent just before the crash. If we uncover definitive proof that the driver was texting, that can help us build a case and pursue a financial award for you.
We may file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver to seek compensation for your medical bills. That may cover both charges for treatment you have already received and anticipated costs for future care. We can also pursue a financial award to compensate you for your lost income, lost or reduced earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
The other driver may deny responsibility or may claim that your actions contributed to the crash. Even if you share some liability for the collision, you may still be entitled to a financial award. Illinois has a modified comparative negligence law that allows a person who was injured to seek compensation, as long as that individual was not more than 50 percent responsible for the accident. If you were partly at fault, an award that you would have been entitled to can be reduced to account for your amount of responsibility, according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1107.1.
A member of our staff can explain in more detail how we can investigate the circumstances that led to the crash and how Illinois’ comparative negligence statute may apply to your case. Call the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 223-5115 today.
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Consider an Aurora Texting While Driving Accident Lawyer
You do not have a lot of time to take legal action against the driver who hit you. According to 735 ILCS 5/13-202, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is only two years from the date of the cause of action. If you do not sue within that time frame, you may be unable to seek compensation, even if you have a valid claim.
Car accident cases are often complex, especially when the two drivers give differing accounts or when one driver denies liability and blames the other. Our team may need several months to conduct a thorough investigation, plus time to file a lawsuit. In the meantime, your medical bills may continue to pile up, you may still be unable to work, and your family may continue to struggle financially.
The sooner you contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, the sooner our team will be able to get to work. Call us today at (800) 223-5115 to speak with a member of our staff.