Joliet Auto Accident Lawyer
Like all midsize cities, Joliet sees its fair share of serious car accidents. In 2014, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reported that there were more than 3,000 accidents in the city, which resulted in at least 1,053 injuries. Disturbingly, the accident numbers have been on the rise in the last few years. We need to work hard to make our roads safer. In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, you need to contact an experienced Joliet car accident attorney immediately. Your attorney will be able to review your claim and help you explore your legal options.
The Most Common Causes of Joliet Auto Accidents
While car accidents can occur in a seemingly endless number of different ways, the majority of accidents are caused by a few common recurring issues. By reviewing the Joliet car accident data that has been provided by the state of Illinois, our car accident team has put together a list of the four most common causes of accidents in our community.
- Rear-end collisions (27 percent of accidents)
- Turning at intersections (21 percent of accidents)
- Parking (11 percent of accidents)
- Sideswipes (10 percent of accidents)
Establishing Accident Liability in Illinois
Illinois uses the comparative fault standard. Under these rules, liability for an auto accident is established by through proving negligence. In simplified terms, negligence is the failure to take adequate care in a particular situation. If you can prove another party (whether they were a driver or a manufacturer) was negligent, and that their bad actions contributed to your crash, then you can hold them at-fault.
It should also be noted that as Illinois is a ‘comparative’ fault state, two or more parties can share liability for the same crash. Indeed, as a victim, you might even be held partially liable for your own accident. Unfortunately, the big insurance companies often try to put some blame for an accident on the victim. Do not let them get away with this; work with an attorney who will protect you from unfair liability.
How Much Compensation is Available for Victims?
The value of your car accident case will depend entirely on the extent of your damages. In Illinois, victims are entitled to financial relief in direct proportion to the value of their losses. Both monetary and intangible damages qualify for financial compensation. Our team can help you fight for recovery for any of the following:
- Vehicle damages;
- Hospital bills;
- Expenses associated with physical rehabilitation;
- Required mental health counseling;
- Lost income, including loss of earning ability;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Loss of life enjoyment.
Get Legal Help Now
At Michael T. Friedman & Associates, our Joliet personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling car accident claims. For assistance with your case, please call us today at 312-339-8816. Initial legal consultations are always free of charge.