Skokie sits in Cook County in Illinois, which recorded the highest number of car accidents (162,527) and the highest number of injury accidents (31,404) in 2018 out of all counties, per the Illinois Department of Transportation Crash Facts & Statistics.
If a driver caused your accident, it might be beneficial for you to hire a Skokie car accident lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. Call (800) 794-0444 to see if we can help you get compensation for your injuries and losses.
Reasons Behind Car Accidents
Some form of driving distraction usually causes automobile accidents. A driver may even be neglectful or reckless, perhaps switching lanes without checking for oncoming traffic.
Determining the cause of the car crash can be critical to your case. Specifically, if your accident was caused by someone’s negligence. A driver can be negligent in a car accident if they were:
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting or talking on their phone
- Failing to use lane change signals
- Following your car too closely
- Driving faster than road or weather conditions permit
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Driving while drowsy
This is not all of the ways a driver can be negligent in a car accident. If the accident was no fault of your own—and you suffered injuries or other losses as a result—the other driver could be held responsible for paying for your awards.
A majority of accidents are usually the fault of one or more drivers, but there are also a number of injuries where a mechanical part on a vehicle fails. This could include a worn tire that blows out on a turn, a car’s brake pads giving out, or virtually any other part that fails.
Overall, these types of unfortunate collisions may not always be clear as to which party is responsible. That’s why consulting with a Skokie car accident lawyer might help you with your case. A personal injury attorney from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you explore a path to seek financial restitution as a result of your accident and to seek monetary compensation from a person, multiple persons, or even a company.
Types of Car Crash Injuries
When an accident occurs, a driver should check to see if they suffered major injuries. Shattered windshields could cause cuts and lacerations all over a person’s face. A head-on collision could cause whiplash, other neck injuries, or even spinal dislocation. Being thrown from a vehicle when not wearing a seat belt can cause a person to suffer broken bones, head injuries, or possible death.
Suffering whiplash in a car accident can cause serious trauma to the back and neck. Painful muscle strains or excruciating, throbbing pain in the back may indicate damage to the spinal column from a car crash. An injured passenger might experience the effects of fractured or broken bones in a serious car accident. Side effects of these types of injuries could also include difficulty breathing, chest pain, semi-paralysis, or even permanent paralysis.
Car accident drivers and passengers may need emergency hospital treatment directly from the crash scene. Even if you do not think you require medical assistance, it can benefit you to get checked anyway. Not only will this ensure that you are healthy, but it will also protect your legal claim, as injuries may not present themselves until months after the accident.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Skokie, call (800) 794-0444
Getting Legal Help
The state of Illinois does not have a limit on compensation amounts awarded in claims involving car accidents. This means that the person who is not liable for the accident and is not at fault can seek awards in a claim from the person found guilty for the accident. This compensation could cover:
- Immediate costs around hospitalization and other medical care
- Property damage to the car
- Medical supplies or other medical equipment needed in recovery
- Costs of emotional trauma, especially if someone died in the accident
- Any lost wages due to the injuries causing the person not to work
- Any loss of future earnings that could have been earned, if it were not for the accident
- Pain and suffering from the accident
- Emotional distress following the crash
You might be entitled to additional compensation depending on the specifics of your case.
The statute of limitations in Illinois gives you two years from the date of the accident to file a claim against the negligent party for compensation, according to Illinois Compiled Statutes 735 section 13-202. If your loved one died in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you have two years from the date of their death to file a lawsuit under the Wrongful Death Act.
Contact a Skokie Car Accident Lawyer Today
A Skokie car accident lawyer can help you gather the evidence and paperwork you need to file a lawsuit while meeting all the deadlines, so you can ensure your right to pursue compensation.
For a free case consultation, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to get started. We might be able to provide an estimate of what you deserve.
We will listen to your side of the story about the accident, review the police reports, and let you know how we can work on your behalf. None of this will cost you anything up front. We work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning we earn our fee when we win you a favorable financial settlement. Contact us today if you’ve suffered injuries in an auto accident.