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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, or if you have lost someone due to a car crash, contact our Chicago accident attorneys immediately to get you the compensation you deserve!

CCAL has an impressive winning record and is recognized as a top Chicago personal injury law firm. We have settled numerous historic verdicts on behalf of our clients. We genuinely care about who we represent way beyond our legal expertise.

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Why Hire an Injury Lawyer?

Numerous individuals think lawyers are costly and confounded. Victims may believe they’re equipped for taking care of their auto collision guarantee all alone. What they don’t understand is they could wind up with substantially less than they truly deserve, on account of mishandled claims. This is particularly evident in cases that include serious injuries or liability doubts.

Try not to get exploited by weak settlement offers from manipulative insurance agencies. Prepare yourself with the skills only a car accident lawyer can give. Contact the accomplished Chicago Car Accident Lawyer, where we will work to get you the offer you really deserve.

When you hire our injury law office, your lawyer will take it from that point, and you can concentrate on what is significant, which is your medical treatment and physical recuperation.

Our personal injury attorneys help with all aspects of your claim, including:

We have the time, energy, and resources expected to go to bat for accident victims, so please contact our office to get familiar with how our auto collision attorneys can assist in your particular case!

The entire first consultation is totally free, so you have literally nothing to lose by discussing your alternatives with a team member today.

How is a Car Accident Settled in Illinois?

You will have to attend a mandatory settlement conference after you file your lawsuit. It is less likely that car accident lawsuits are tried all the way to a jury verdict and more likely that it will be settled.

The two types of settlements are either lump-sum or structured settlement. Structured settlements are like a payment plan; they set up multiple payments over the span of many years.

How Much is the Average Car Accident Settlement in Illinois?

There are maximums available under that at-fault driver’s car insurance policy that car accident settlements are often limited to.

These maximums may not be enough to cover all of your damages if you are seriously injured. Don’t accept any settlement unless you are sure that the settlement is enough to compensate you for:

What Does an Illinois Car Accident Lawyer Cost?

The vast majority of people are either reluctant or won’t try to contact an attorney after they have sustained a personal injury, as they think that a lawyer will be too expensive.

Large numbers of personal injury lawyers based in Illinois work on a contingency basis, which means you will just need to pay them after they win your case. At this point, you will pay a fee that is based on a percentage that is pre-arranged with your attorney, which is typically between 25% to 40%.

This pre-arranged fee also depends on the amount of work the attorney has to put into your case or if you accept a settlement from an insurance company before your court hearing begins.

In these cases, you will most likely owe the lawyer less than what you would have if the case got to the point of going to court.

Once you are granted a settlement, you will need to pay your lawyer with this kind of pay structure. Because their pay is dependent on your settlement amount, your attorney will most likely be more committed to your case.

There are different kinds of payment options that some lawyers prefer. These normally incorporate either hourly pay or a flat rate for their services.

Most clients will be better served when they agree to a contingency basis but sometimes these options might be preferred in certain cases.

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Per section 5/13-202 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, you have two years to file a lawsuit for personal injury. If your claim is for a broken window, dented bumper, or damage to your car, you have five years to file a personal property damage lawsuit. That falls under section 5/13-205 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure.

You can still win your case even if you were partly at fault for a car accident. As long as you are less than or equal to 50 percent at fault for the accident, you may receive damages (sometimes reduced) according to Illinois comparative fault principles. Damages will be reduced based on the percentage at fault. For example, you are 25 percent at fault for an accident. The court will then calculate your damages as it would with 0 percent fault and then subtract 25 percent from the total.

Using real figures, you get in car crash that causes you $100,000 in damages. It also causes the other driver $50,000 in damages. If you were 25 percent at fault and the other driver was 75 percent at fault, the court will calculate your damages like:

[$100,000 – (25 percent times $100,000)] = ($100,000 – $25,000) = $75,000. The other driver was more than 50 percent at fault and will be entitled to nothing.

You get into an accident and the person responsible has minimum to no car insurance. This means there probably is very little or no coverage from the person responsible to cover your claim.

Your auto insurance should include Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist Coverage if you are wise enough to be covered yourself. Your attorney can seek an uninsured motorist claim or an underinsured motorist claim against your personal auto insurance. These types of claims are called UM and UIM.

Your car insurer will handle the uninsured or underinsured driver and pay you for this type of claim. Finally getting payment from your insurance company can be just as difficult as it would be coming from another party’s insurance company.

However, UM and UIM claims get settled swiftly. You can also sometimes get more money from these claims while spending a smaller amount on costs.

Ktenas Law can help at this time. Our lawyers are eager to take on your concerns if you have suffered an injury due to a car accident. Issues that will be evaluated and investigated are:

  • Who is at fault
  • The amount of insurance coverage available to pay on the claim
  • Calculating your out-of-pocket expenses, like medical care and lost income
  • Determining your non-economic costs and long-term needs

 

UM and UIM claims are very common and handled by our lawyers on a regular basis.

Yes, in some cases the victim is able to sue other parties than the at-fault driver. If the driver was not the owner of the car, the owner may be liable for your damages for example. Another possibility is a “dram shop” complaint. In these cases, the at-fault driver consumed too much alcohol and you can file a claim against the business that supplied the alcohol to the already impaired driver.

Other parties that you may be able to file complaints against are an automobile manufacturer or construction company due to defects in the vehicle or roadway that in turn caused the accident. A driver’s negligence of rules and regulations could be a reason for a lawsuit against the driver or employer if the car accident involving a tractor-trailer.

The time it takes to complete a car accident injury lawsuit depends on many factors. If your accident caused serious injury, you do not want your case settled until you are treated and a doctor has released you. This is so your future medical expenses from the accident can be determined by a doctor.

The amount of time it takes for you to receive treatment and heal will likely determine the time necessary for your case. Another factor that can contribute to the length of time for your case is if it is settled or if it needs to go to trial.

You should always have your insurance company or attorney handle all calls from the at-fault individual’s insurance company. The opposing insurance company is most likely trying to get you to agree to a settlement. It is very common for this to happen before you have even figured out your damages.

Don’t feel rushed to do anything from the opposing insurance company until your lawyer gives you their expert opinion.

When you are on the scene of an accident, it is important to comply with the police and be honest with the medical professionals tending to your injuries. You will need to give honest statements to those groups of people.

Giving statements to anyone else present is highly discouraged. This includes giving statements to the other driver and especially the other driver’s insurance company or someone from the vehicle company that caused the accident. In those cases, commercial vehicles notify their company within minutes that an accident has occurred. The company then works immediately to get their insurance company informed.

The insurance company will likely send someone to investigate the scene within an hour. It is important that you do not speak to those representatives. They do not represent you or your rights. Their main goal is to pay you the least amount of money as possible for your damages including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and impairment. In short, only give statements to law enforcement and medical professionals at the scene of the accident.

All of the drivers involved in the accident will have their actions looked at in extreme detail. The circumstances leading up to the accident will be examined closely in order to determine who is at fault.

Typically, it can be challenging to determine the at-fault party in a multi-car pileup. The fault of the accident may not belong to the driver whose vehicle hit you. It is very beneficial to have an attorney with you if you have been in a multi-car crash because they are usually complicated. Depending on what other drivers were doing at the moment of the accident, the driver responsible for the first collision may not be fully responsible for the entire accident.

An accident involving multiple vehicles commonly starts with one collision which causes any number of secondary accidents. The first car might rear end the one in front which causes a domino effect where a number of cars behind may not be able to stop in time. Another possibility is that a driver loses control of the car and crosses the roadway unintentionally causing a multi-vehicle crash.

Just one small failure of a driver can start a chain reaction. An example of this might be when a driver improperly changes the lane and causes an accident. Other drivers behind might not be able to avoid a collision. If a third driver involved in the crash is found to be speeding at the time of the accident, all three drivers may hold some responsibility for the accident. The actions of each driver at the time of the accident, along with speed and how they might have been able to avoid the accident will be analyzed by an insurance company or a court. You will need to document in detail your actions when determining liability in order to receive any compensation for injuries or damages regardless of the role you played in the crash.

The first thing to do is to stay calm. You can tell the other driver you won’t talk about payment at the scene. Tell the other driver to get in touch with your insurance company. Make sure you have exchanged contact information like names and insurance information.

If another driver files a claim against you for property damage or injury, your insurance policy contains a promise to defend you at no additional cost. If you are sued, this promise includes the cost to hire a defense attorney.

You should always consult with a skilled Chicago auto accident attorney before speaking with another insurer or accepting a settlement offer. It is possible you might not receive the maximum benefit of your claim if you accept a settlement offer prematurely. The true value of your claim and a settlement that reimburses you for any injuries and/or medical expenses can be negotiated by an attorney.

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