When an auto collision occurs, it doesn’t just cause vehicle damage or personal injury. It can feel like your life is more wrecked than your car. You should be able to focus on you and your loved ones recovering from the crash. Instead, you face the stress of dealing with insurance companies and figuring out how you’re going to pay all the bills, at a time when you may not even be able to work. As an experienced Decatur car accident lawyer, I can help relieve you of those burdens. Our injury attorneys can explain your legal options and fight for your rights to ensure that you’re treated fairly so that you can get back to your family and life.
Do I have a case?
We call them auto “accidents”, but when a car or truck crash happens, it’s usually because someone blew it. Someone was careless or reckless, inattentive or distracted, maybe even impaired by drugs or alcohol. If laws were broken, the criminal justice system could hold them accountable for that. But what about when a driver’s negligence leads to incredibly expensive damages or, worse, to devastating injuries or even death? Even relatively minor car wrecks can result in thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars of losses — property damage, medical expenses, lost work and income, additional living expenses, and the cost of pain, suffering, and life-altering changes. You expect insurance to cover your losses, but some ignore the law and drive without it [internal link to uninsured motorist insurance is possible]. And, even when there is coverage, you may be finding that it can be very difficult to deal with insurance companies to get what you deserve to cover your losses. Insurers will naturally always try to make the best case that results in the least payments. A skilled car crash attorney can help you through the process by immediately preserving all of the evidence, thoroughly investigating the case, gathering all the police and accident reports, consulting with any needed experts, and determining the responsible parties for all of your losses. You really need a knowledgeable and experienced auto accident lawyer in your corner to fight for your rights.
Illinois Car Wreck Facts
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) regularly compiles and updates the Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics. A recent review of their statistics indicates that injuries were caused in over 20% of crashes involving motor vehicles in Illinois, with fatalities occurring in almost 1,000 of them. Unfortunately, driver factors were responsible for a great many of these. For example, speeding accounted for about one-third of overall crashes, and even more of the fatal crashes and injury crashes. Other factors that play a significant role in causing motor vehicle wrecks to include:
- distracted driving
- driver fatigue
- drunk driving
- drug-impaired driving
- road and highway safety issues and hazards
- vehicle malfunctions, such as defective or bad maintenance of equipment like lights, signals, brakes, tires, etc.
- reckless and aggressive driving, such as failing to yield, disobeying traffic signals, unsafe passing, tailgating, and improper lane usage
A knowledgeable and experienced Decatur Illinois injury attorney, working for you as early as possible, will help you determine the responsible party and get just compensation for the negligence.
A Decatur Car Accident Attorney is Here to Help
Call now for a no-cost initial consultation. The sooner you contact me, the faster I can get to work for you and let you get back to your life.