Originally known as being the home of large barbed wire manufacturing businesses, today, the largest employer in DeKalb, Illinois is Northern Illinois University. Located about 65 miles from Chicago and only 30 from Rockford, some who live in DeKalb commute elsewhere for work. While many commute using a combination of bus and commuter rail, many also use Highway 88 and other major roads. Unfortunately, the more people on the road, the greater the risk of a car accident.
At the office of Tuite Law, our DeKalb car accident lawyers have seen how a crash can change the course of a person’s life. If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident in DeKalb, our car accident attorneys can help. Reach us today for a free consultation.
Why Work with a DeKalb Car Accident Lawyer?
If you’ve been involved in a serious crash, you may be facing damages in the form of medical expenses, serious injuries, disability, inability to work, property damage costs, lost wages, and more. Your plans for your future may be completely derailed, and you may feel hopeless and concerned about how you will recover enough money to pay for your losses and support yourself moving forward.
When you work with a DeKalb car accident attorney from the office of Tuite Law, you can count on our law firm to handle 100 percent of your case, including:
- Investigating your car accident;
- Hiring experts to work on your case;
- Proving fault;
- Calculating damages;
- Filing your claim documents;
- Representing you before insurance adjusters;
- Negotiating your settlement offer; and
Our DeKalb car accident attorneys have trial experience and can represent you in court if necessary.
The Car Accident Statute of Limitations
One reason that it’s so important to hire an attorney as soon as possible after a car accident is that you only have a limited amount of time to file a civil action. If you wait too long to bring forth your car accident claim, you’ll breach the state’s statute of limitations–the legal limit on how much time you have to file a lawsuit after an accident and injury. In Illinois, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident. If more than two years pass from the date of your accident before you file a claim, you will be permanently barred from recovery.
Comparative Negligence in a DeKalb Car Accident
Another rule to be aware of when you’re pursuing damages in a car accident claim is the rule of comparative negligence. This rule holds that when a plaintiff contributes to their own injuries–for example, if you are found partially to blame for the crash–they are not barred from recovery so long as their degree of fault is less than the degree of fault of the defendant, but their recoverable damages will be reduced in proportion to the degree of fault. For example, if you are found to be 10 percent to blame for the crash, you can only hold the defendant liable for 90 percent of your damages.
Request Your Free Consultation Today
If you have been injured, don’t hesitate to take action. Our DeKalb car accident lawyers at the office of Tuite Law are here to support you. Contact us online or by phone at (815) 965-5777 for your free consultation.