Arlington Heights Auto Accident Attorney
The Illinois Division of Traffic Safety reports that more than 2,800 motor vehicles were involved in crashes in Arlington Heights in the year 2014 alone. These crashes resulted in approximately 300 injuries, dozens of which were officially classified as ‘incapacitating’. Auto accident victims deserve compensation for the full extent of their damages. If you were recently injured in an accident, please contact an experienced Arlington Heights car accident attorney immediately. Your attorney will be able to help you pursue a legal claim.
Common Car Accident Injuries
No two car crashes are exactly alike. In some cases, injuries are relatively minor, thankfully nothing more than a bump or bruise. However, sadly, in many other cases car accident injuries are completely debilitating. Our team has been handling car accident claims in the Chicago metro area for more than two decades. In that time, we have seen many different types of injuries, including:
- Broken and fractured bones;
- Severe damage to joints, including knees, shoulders and hips;
- Whiplash and other types of tissue damage;
- Torn muscle and torn ligaments;
- Back injuries;
- Spinal cord damage, including paralysis;
- Internal organ damage and internal bleeding; and
- Severe head injuries, including concussions.
Car Accident Liability: Comparative Negligence
In order to hold someone else responsible for your car accident injuries, you will need to be able to establish that they were ‘at fault’ for the incident. In Illinois, fault is based on the state’s negligence standard. Negligence occurs when one fails to take proper safety precautions in the course of an activity. For example, running a red light is a clear example of negligence.
Of course, often, negligence is difficult to establish. Doing so requires a comprehensive accident investigation. Additionally, Illinois is a comparative negligence jurisdiction. This means that multiple parties can be held responsible for the same crash. When this happens the at fault parties will split liability in direct proportion to their share of the fault.
Compensation Available for Victims
Once you establish liability, your case will move on to the issue of damages. In Illinois, injured victims are entitled to be made ‘whole’. Put another way, this means that victims have a right to obtain financial compensation that makes up for the full value of their losses. Both monetary losses and intangible losses can potentially qualify for compensation. Our attorneys may be able to help you recover for:
- Emergency medical bills;
- Hospital bills;
- Required physical therapy;
- Lost wages;
- Long-term disability;
- Pain and suffering;
- Disfigurement; and
- Loss of lifestyle enjoyment.
Contact Our Office Today
At Michael T. Friedman & Associates, our Arlington Heights auto accident lawyers have extensive experience helping to protect the rights of injured victims. We can help you hold the insurance company accountable. If you were injured in an accident, please do not hesitate to call our team today at 312-339-8816 to set up a free review of your case.