Even when you know that car accidents are a serious problem in the US and throughout Illinois, statistics on collisions may still come as a shock. According to the Roadway Crash Data published by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there are almost 313,000 total crashes every year, including around 950 fatal accidents and 64,000 injury-causing collisions. These incidents have a devastating impact on families in Winnebago County, where dozens of people are killed and more than 2,000 victims are hurt. While it is a comfort to know that Illinois law provides you with legal remedies, it can be tough to know where to begin with enforcing your rights.
You can rely on our team at Tuite Law to pursue the at-fault driver and get the compensation you deserve after an auto crash. Our attorneys have decades of combined experience fighting for victims, so you can feel confident that your claim is in good hands. Please contact our offices today to schedule a free consultation with a Loves Park car accident lawyer who can explain the process. An overview may also be informative.
Common Causes of Traffic Collisions in Illinois
Vehicle crash claims proceed under the legal theory of liability known as negligence. To recover compensation, you must prove that you were hurt as a direct result of the at-fault motorist’s failure to exercise reasonable care while driving. Some examples of driver negligence include:
- Speeding and traveling too fast for conditions;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Failure to yield right of way;
- Running red lights and stop signs;
- Making illegal turns and not using turn indicators; and
- Other violations of traffic laws.
In addition, texting, talking on the phone, surfing the internet, posting to social media, and other forms of distracted driving pose a significant risk. Despite laws prohibiting these dangerous activities, not all motorists comply.
Seeking Compensation for Auto Crash Losses
The first step in the legal process after a car accident is filing an insurance claim since Illinois requires motorists to carry minimum auto insurance coverage. Tuite Law will handle the preparation of forms, gathering evidence, and dealing with the insurer. We may be able to negotiate a settlement, but our lawyers will not settle for an amount less than what is fair to compensate you for your losses. Our Loves Park car accident attorneys will file a lawsuit in court to pursue litigation to ensure you receive sufficient monetary damages.
We are ready to fight for your rights to two forms of compensation available in auto collision cases:
- Economic damages, such as the costs of medical treatment, ongoing care, and lost wages; and
- Noneconomic damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other subjective, personal losses that affect your quality of life.
A Loves Park Car Accident Lawyer Will Guide You Through the Legal Process
If you were hurt or lost a loved one in an auto collision, please contact Tuite Law to set up a no-cost case review. You can speak to an experienced attorney by calling (815) 965-5777 or visiting us online.