If you have been injured in a car crash by a reckless driver, then you might be entitled to compensation for damages relating to the accident. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to see how a Cicero car accident lawyer can help with your case and determine if you can receive a settlement.
Types of losses you might be able to recover compensation for include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Ongoing care costs
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
- Transportation costs
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
This is not an exhaustive list of compensation you might be entitled to, and it could help to consult with a law firm for an estimate.
Car Accident Deaths
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) keeps track of fatalities from car accidents each year. The agency announced last fall that deaths from car crashes declined in 2018 for the second straight year, with speed-related crashes taking the most significant percentage drop (5.7%).
A similar pattern of fewer car crash fatalities was showing for the first half of 2019. The agency attributed this to increased safety by drivers and safer vehicles that use auto technology to warn of an impending crash.
At the same time, however, NHTSA reported that the amount of car-related deaths from crashes hitting pedestrians and bicyclists rose much higher in 2018. Cars killed more than 6,000 pedestrians and 800 bicyclists in 2018.
Many of these accidents are attributed to distracted driving habits, speeding over the limit, and driving too fast for conditions.
New tech-safety features in cars like dashboard cameras, radars, lane-stay monitors, and auto emergency braking may be playing a part in limiting the extent of car crashes. However, human nature behind the wheel and driver distractions will continue to play a big part in auto accidents.
Getting into a car crash can be traumatic. Having an attorney by your side might be beneficial to you. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can work with you to put together the pieces of your claim and try to seek a favorable settlement for damages.
Driving Around Cicero
We know Chicago-area traffic. The heavy congestion going in and out of downtown Chicago, as well as from the suburbs, can create dangerous driving conditions. Accidents that happen in the area include:
- Fender benders
- Illegal lane-changing swipes
- Serious rear-end smashes
- Blindspot accidents
For a free legal consultation with a car accidents lawyer serving Cicero, call (800) 794-0444
What You Should Do in an Accident
The steps you take immediately following the accident are very important to determining later on if you are eligible for a settlement. Here are some of our recommendations for what you should do if you become involved in a car crash:
- Scan your face and body for any cuts, lacerations, bleeding, or other injuries
- Once the police arrive, provide them with a detailed account of the accident
- If the police do not arrive, find a local police station and report the accident. You will need a report to help you later when filing a claim
- Document the scene of the crime. Take phone camera pictures of the damage to your car, the damage to the other car, and the overall scene of the car crash. You might want to shoot a video at the scene to tell your story, as you might forget details a few weeks later.
Following these steps, when you are involved in an auto accident, can help your chances a few months down the road when you are working to seek a financial settlement for any damages you have suffered.
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Car Accident Liability
The steps above are important in determining who was at fault in the accident and determining liability for the driver.
Each driver should tell police officers an accurate story of what happened at the scene. After the accident, evidence will be collected. Our team of personal injury attorneys might be able to help determine who was liable for your injuries in the accident and work to hold them accountable for your losses.
We can also work to gather evidence including the police report, documenting any traffic violations and tickets, interview the other parties, eyewitnesses, and more. That’s when the insurance companies will step in and file the claims on behalf of their customers.
Then, we might be able to give you an estimate of the compensation that you might be entitled to, based on vehicle damages, injuries, emotional distress, wage loss from not returning to work, and more.
Statute of Limitations
Time is of the essence in personal injury cases. The Illinois statute of limitations to bring a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the injury, according to 735 Illinois Compiled Statutes section 13-202.
While two years might seem long, compiling all of the necessary materials can be a time consuming process. If you miss the deadline to file your claim, you will forfeit your right to compensation through a lawsuit. Hiring an attorney might help you to meet all of the applicable deadlines in your case.
A Cicero car accident lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm might be able to help you. If you have suffered injuries from a car crash in or near Cicero, contact our firm today. Tell us what happened, and we’ll work to do our due diligence. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will be on your side to work with you to bring about a favorable settlement.