Wheaton Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents remain a serious problem throughout Northern Illinois, including in Wheaton. According to the Illinois Traffic Safety Division, there were more than 800 auto accidents in Wheaton in the year 2014 alone. Even worse, auto accidents have been on the rise over the last decade. In the unfortunate event that you or a family member was injured in a crash, you need to contact an experienced Wheaton car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer will be able to review your accident claim, and determine what needs to be done to protect your interests.
Illinois Car Accident Liability
Car accident claims are governed by state law. In Illinois, car accident liability must be established under the state’s comparative negligence rules. Negligence is defined as failing to take adequate precautions in a particular set of circumstances. For example, if a driver is speeding, they are acting negligently. Therefore, if that speeding contributes to an accident or an injury, then, that driver can be held liable for any resulting damages.
Additionally, as Illinois is a comparative negligence state, it should be noted that multiple different parties can share liability for the same crash. In these cases, liability will be divided in accordance with each party’s level of blame. For example, if a driver is determined to be at fault for 80 percent of the crash, then they will be held liable for 80 percent of the total accident damages.
We Can Help You Recover Compensation
At Michael T. Friedman & Associates, our firm will fight aggressively to help obtain every dime to which you are entitled. Depending on the specific facts of your case, you may be able to seek compensation for:
- Damages to personal property;
- Emergency medical expenses;
- All other hospital bills;
- Expenses related to physical or psychological rehabilitation;
- Lost wages;
- Long-term disability;
- Pain and suffering;
- Disfigurement; and
- Loss of limb.
Three Tips for Handling Insurance Adjusters
- Stick to the facts: Insurance company representatives are instructed to get you to talk a lot about your crash and your injuries. Why? Because they want you to say something that they can use against you. Do not fall into their trap. Say as little as possible and always stick strictly to the facts. Do not offer any opinions about your accident or medical treatment.
- Get it writing: If you speak to an insurance adjuster over the phone, you should always seek additional written verification for what they tell you. Not only will this help to limit confusion, but it will give you something to show your lawyer for review.
- Work through your lawyer: Finally, it is best to always work with insurance adjusters through a lawyer. Ultimately, the insurance company is an adversarial party. Your lawyer will be able to hold them accountable.
Request Your Free Legal Consultation Today
At Michael T. Friedman & Associates, we have helped many Wheaton car accident victims obtain full and fair compensation. To find out more about what we can do to help you, please call our office today at 312-339-8816. We look forward to assisting you.