Vernon Hills Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents can happen anywhere. Even in Vernon Hills, an idyllic community on the northern side of Chicago, several serious crashes take place every year. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reports that nearly 1,000 vehicles were involved in accidents in Vernon Hills in 2014. These accidents resulted in more than 150 injuries. While some were minor, sadly others were very serious. If you have been seriously injured in an accident, you need to contact an experienced Vernon Hills car accident attorney who can help to protect your legal rights and financial interests.
Why Do Accidents Occur?
At Michael T. Friedman & Associates, our team has been fighting for the rights of accident victims for more than twenty years. We have seen accidents with virtually every type of cause imaginable. Very rarely are auto accidents truly unpreventable. Indeed, the vast majority of the time, auto accidents occur because one (or more) parties acted in an unsafe manner. Some of the most common causes of Vernon Hills car accidents include:
- Distracted driving;
- Intoxicated driving;
- Following too closely;
- Speeding or driving too fast for the road conditions;
- Running red lights or stop signs; and
- Unsafe lane changes.
How Do You Prove Liability?
Under Illinois law, liability for auto accidents is based on the negligence standard. In simple terms, this means that a party can be held ‘at-fault’ for a crash if their unsafe actions contributed to the accident. In reality, proving negligence can be extremely challenging. To make the issue even more complicated, multiple parties can (and often do) share liability for the same accident. As Illinois is a comparative negligence state, parties will be held liable for an accident in direct proportion to their percentage of blame for the accident. This means that it is critically important that you are not unfairly blamed for any part of your own accident. If you are unjustly blamed, thousands of dollar may come directly out of your pocket.
What Compensation is Available for Victims?
Our Vernon Hills car accident lawyers are committed to helping injured victims seek full recovery for their damages. In Illinois, victims are entitled to recover compensation for monetary losses and well as non-economic damages. Specifically, our team can help you seek financial recovery for:
- All of your medical bills, including rehabilitation treatment;
- Lost income, including lost future wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Short-term and long-term disability; and
- Any permanent physical damage, such as disfigurement or loss of limb.
Do You Need Legal Assistance?
At Michael T. Friedman & Associates, our Vernon Hills auto accident lawyers are standing by, ready to help you. To request a free, no-obligation review of your accident claim, please get in touch with our team today by calling us at 312-339-8816 or contacting us directly online.