Waukegan Auto Accident Attorney
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reports that there were more than 1,700 motor vehicles accidents in Waukegan in the year 2014 alone. These accidents resulted in at least 654 injuries, 91 of which were classified as ‘A’ type injuries. An ‘A’ type injury is the most serious form of injury; the state of Illinois defines it as any injury that is ‘incapacitating’.
All injured car accident victims deserve fair compensation for their damages. To obtain this compensation, victims should work with an experienced Waukegan auto accident attorney who can help them hold the at-fault party accountable.
Auto Accident Liability
Liability for a Waukegan car accident is apportioned under Illinois’s comparative fault rules. Under this system, parties are held financially liable for an accident in direct proportion to their level of blame for the crash. While assigning liability is clear in some cases, much of the time intense disputes arise regarding who is actually to blame for a crash. If liability is in any way disputed in your case, you need to get an aggressive attorney by your side.
Victims are Entitled to Compensation
Car accident victims deserve compensation that accounts for the full value of their damages. This means recovery for direct monetary losses as well as for any intangible losses. More specifically, victims may be able to recover compensation for:
- Their medical bills;
- Costs related to physical rehabilitation;
- Lost wages;
- Long-term disability;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental anguish;
- Disfigurement or loss of limb; and
- Wrongful death.
Three Tips for Handling Insurance Adjusters
- Be Careful
Insurance companies are never on the side of injured victims. Insurance adjusters are trained to get you to talk extensively about your crash. By doing this, they are looking for some information that they can use against you to reduce the value of your claim. Whenever you are speaking to an insurance company representative, you need to be extremely careful. Always stick to the facts; never speculate about your accident.
- Do Not Sign Documents Without Attorney Approval
If an insurance company asks you to sign a document, please get that document to an attorney for a comprehensive review before putting your name on the dotted line. Your attorney will be able to determine if signing the document, whether it’s a settlement agreement or a request for your medical records, is truly in your best interests.
- Be Patient
Unfortunately, some car accident injury claims take a considerable time to resolve. As a result, some victims get frustrated and want to simply settle their case to get it over with. While this impulse is understandable, you need to protect your family by being patient and fighting for full compensation.
Get Legal Help Now
At the office of Michael T. Friedman & Associates, our Waukegan car accident attorneys have helped many victims recover full and fair compensation for their damages. To set up a free review of your claim, please do not hesitate to call our office today at 312-339-8816. Our firm takes car accident claims on a contingency fee basis.