Chicago Car Accident Lawyer
Let Our Attorneys Help Get You the Compensation You Deserve for Injuries Sustained in a Car Accident
Were you or a family member injured in a Chicago, IL, car accident and want to claim damages for accident-related injuries to pay your medical bills?
Whether it was a minor fender-bender or a high-impact collision, injury victims suffering a personal injury must recover damages through financial compensation.
Compensation can be claimed for medical expenses, property damage, lost income due to the inability to work, or costs relating to severe injury resulting in disability and disfigurement. Additionally, victims might recover punitive damages in cases involving egregious negligence that led to severe injury or death.
You Need Trusted Trial Lawyers With Experience Representing Car Accident Victims
As a car accident victim, you need legal advice from a law firm you can trust. Hiring a car crash attorney with experience litigating and settling cases involving car accidents in the Chicago area can ensure that your claim is handled correctly and promptly.
A reputable attorney can ensure that you receive maximum value four your personal injury case after a motor vehicle accident.
You Have Come to the Right Place
In choosing Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC to represent you after an accident, you get Chicago car accident attorneys who know the law and the actual value of your auto accident claim.
Our reputable auto accident attorneys' successful track record and consistent results position our legal team best to represent you or a family member as the injured party (plaintiff).
With us, you will get an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer who is fully committed to your case and available 24/7.
We also offer clarity on legal fees, where there is never a legal fee charged until there is a recovery for you. So get started with a free consultation.
Why Work With a Chicago Auto Accident Attorney?
As experienced Chicago auto accident attorneys, we understand the unique intricacies of achieving the best possible settlement for your injury.
Our car accidents and injury attorneys have recovered over $250 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Our law firm understands the strategies insurance companies use to defend against accident and injury cases and uses our expertise to your advantage.
Immediately after a crash occurs, our car accident attorneys work to secure the evidence necessary to provide you with the best financial recovery that the law allows.
We understand the impact a car wreck has on your physical, emotional, and financial health and do all the legal work on your behalf to allow you time to heal.
Through our legal representation, you can be assured that your Chicago auto accident attorney handling your case has your best interest in mind.
Personal injury can be stressful, and we work to lighten your load by designing a legal fee structure to make life easier. Our law firm postpones accepting payment for our fees until resolving your case involving economic damages and non-economic damages through a negotiated settlement or jury verdict.
Legal Experience You Can Trust
Our injury attorneys have experience resolving a range of car accident injury cases via settlement, mediation, and trial.
We have represented clients who have experienced various injuries and accidents, including:
- Back and neck injuries, including herniated discs
- Traumatic brain injury
- Joint damage
- Broken bones
We use our understanding of the law to represent our clients battling insurance companies and take steps to ensure the best outcome for the victims.
In choosing to work with the personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC, you benefit from our broad-ranging experience.
Our Settlement History for Car Accident Injury CasesWe are well experienced with cases involving car accidents. Our legal team holds a successful track record that speaks for itself.
Below are some examples of settlements we have won for car accident victims throughout Illinois.
Many of these cases were resolved in negotiation with the responsible driver's insurance company-- outside of court.
Recognition by the Legal Community for Excellence in Handling Motor Vehicle Accidents
The accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are proud of the work we've done on behalf of our clients involved in collisions in Chicago, IL.
We are equally proud and humbled to have received the following awards and invitations for membership by some law organizations below.
- National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
- Best Attorneys of America
- Super Lawyers selection
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
- American Institute of Trial Lawyers
- National Academy of Jurisprudence
Were you or a loved one hurt in an accident involving a negligent driver? Contact our Chicago law office for a free consultation about your car insurance claim.
Causes of Serious Car Accidents
Every year state and national agencies examine crash data from thousands of auto accidents to analyze driver behavior causing severe accidents.
By understanding the causes behind some of these horrific crashes, authorities are hopeful that they will encourage driver behavior changes or present legislation that will force motorists to drive safely.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reviewed data from the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration regarding 51,490 fatal auto accidents and found the following types of driver behavior contributing to the cause of the accident.
- Driving too fast for conditions (speeding): 16.7%
- Driver's under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication: 10.1%
- Failure to keep in proper lane: 7.2%
- Failure to yield to the right of way: 7.0%
- Careless driving: 5.4%
- Distracted driving (talking on cell phone, texting, eating): 5.2%
- Failure to obey traffic signs (stop signs and traffic lights): 3.9%
- Reckless or negligent driving: 3.8%
- Over-correcting/over-steering: 3.1%
- Vision obscured (by rain, snow, sun glare, trees and other road hazards): 3.0%
- Wrong-way driving: 2.4%
- Swerving to avoid a road condition or object: 2.3%
- Making improper turn: 1.2%
- Other factors: 10.1%
- Unable to determine factors of crash: 17.8%
Our Chicago auto injury attorneys are familiar with these primary causes of accidents. We can assist you in establishing the liability aspect of your case, allowing you to focus on healing from your injuries.
Our Car Accidents Lawyers Will be by Your Side
When you work with Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, you can expect a professional process designed to work efficiently to ensure a favorable outcome.Your attorney will meet you for an initial review of your case and then conduct a thorough investigation, leaving no stone unturned in gathering evidence to support your case.Once your medical condition has stabilized, your Chicago injury lawyer will proceed to negotiate with the relevant insurance company on your behalf, seeking a beneficial settlement.Our lawyers will file a car accident lawsuit for your injury claim if we cannot reach a negotiated settlement and see you through the process, from discovery to mediation to trial.
What You Need to Know About Car Accident Injury Claims
Understanding the following details in Illinois car accident cases can benefit resolving your case. If you still have unanswered questions about your car accident case, please contact us at (888) 424-5757.
- Illinois law allows a person injured in a car accident to pursue the negligent driver (or corporation where the individual was employed at the time of collision) to recover financial compensation for personal injuries and property damage. Our expertise can ensure you receive the best outcome.
- Claiming for damages can include both economic and non-economic compensation. Economic damages are actual expenses related to medical bills and lost income due to the inability to work after an accident.
Non-economic damages are subjective and cover the pain and suffering, disability, and disfigurement resulting from an accident. Unlike some states, the Illinois Supreme Court has consistently rejected attempts to limit the amount of pain and suffering (non-economic damages) in tort law cases.
- Most of these damages are paid by the at-fault driver's insurance company. Our vast experience claiming both kinds of damages will ensure you receive maximum compensation based on the case's actual value.
In the case of a family who has lost a loved one in an Illinois car accident, the law allows the family to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the party who caused the Chicago auto accident.
- Did you lose a family member in a car accident? Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, the surviving family members may recover compensation for grief, sorrow, loss of financial support, and loss of companionship. We are here to help you.
Every motor vehicle accident case involves the at-fault driver's insurance company or the insurer for the company they worked for when the crash occurred. Because of that, the insurance company's interests for the party who caused the crash will always be contrary to yours.
The insurance carrier will always want to pay as little as possible to resolve your case. Fortunately, we have experience dealing with virtually every major auto insurance company and know the ins and outs of their personal injury claims handling process.
Illinois Auto Accident Statistics Show That You Are Not Alone
Unfortunately, car accidents have become part of American society that we've become somewhat desensitized to the amount of damage they cause to people and property. On a national level, Illinois ranks seventh in traffic accident fatalities.
A review of data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) shows that in 2018, there were 319,946 motor vehicle accidents in the state. Of those accidents, IDOT data shows the following:
- 67,453 people reported an injury due to the crash.
- 9,061 people sustained catastrophic injuries classified as 'Type A' by IDOT. These injuries require extended medical care and are generally life-changing.
- Type A injuries may include: traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and other conditions that require surgery or extended hospitalization.
- 839 people lost their lives on Illinois roads in 2018.
- The Illinois counties with the most reported accidents in 2018 include Cook County (162,527 MVA accidents), DuPage County (20,788 accidents), Lake County (14,054 accidents), and Kane County 11,009 accidents)
Chicago Motor Vehicle Crash Data
As the largest city in Illinois, it is not surprising that Chicago also is the scene of the most automobile accidents in the state.A review of IDOT data shows the heavy toll car accidents in Chicago have on our community. In 2017 (the most recent year for crash data), 96,302 car accidents were reported within Chicago boundaries.Those crashes resulted in 16,880 reported injuries and 133 fatalities.
Chicago Car Accident FAQ's
We appreciate that there's no way to plan for a car wreck and understand how it can impact you and your family. Below are some frequently asked questions that regularly arise from people dealing with car accident injuries.
Should you have additional questions, we encourage you to call our law office at (888) 424-5757, and you can talk to an experienced Chicago auto accident attorney. Our lawyers can answer additional questions in a free consultation.
Should I hire a lawyer to help me with a car accident case?
Yes, hiring a lawyer is highly recommended because it levels the playing field when you must face professional defense attorneys and claims adjusters working for billion-dollar insurance companies.
An experienced car accident lawyer understands how to navigate the process to ensure a favorable outcome, giving you the freedom and peace of mind to focus on recovery.
How much does it cost to hire a Chicago auto accident attorney?
When you work with us, you pay nothing upfront. Instead, we only claim a fee after reaching a negotiated settlement agreement for your car accident claim.
Our legal team works on a "contingency fee basis." Therefore, once your injury lawyer has resolved your case, a pre-agreed percentage of the settlement is payable to them – usually between 25 and 40%.
Every client receives a copy of the initial signed contingency fee contract and their settlement statement, which shows precisely what the case settled for and any expenses related to their file.
What is the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit for motor vehicle accidents in Chicago?
In general, Illinois has a two-year statute of limitations for filing personal injury cases (including car accident injury and wrongful death lawsuits) and a five-year statute of limitations for property damage.
Situations involving an injured minor or a municipal defendant can alter the statute and may require either the filing of a notice provision or filing of a car accident lawsuit sooner.
Consequently, it would be best if you met with a Chicago auto accident attorney as soon as feasible to see how the law applies to your situation.
How much money is my car accident injury case worth in Illinois?
The value of your Chicago MVA case depends on the facts, evidence, and circumstances of your injuries and the party that caused the accident.
Illinois jury awards and settlement amounts tend to be modest on average. But they can be large, depending on what happened, the extent of property damage, and the severity of injuries.
Recent big cases in the state include a $2,450,000 award (knee injury); a $3,000,000 award (wrongful death); a $15,833,238 award (traumatic brain injury); a $1,155,000 award (herniated disk); and a $15,700,000 award (facial injury).
Settlements often cover economic damages like medical bills and non-economic damages, including pain and suffering.
The value of non-economic damages can be hard to quantify, but your attorney will know how best to assess and calculate your claim's worth.
What happens if I am partially at fault for a car accident?
Your level of fault is determined on a percentage basis. Under Illinois' modified comparative fault law, you can still claim personal injuries if you are partially at fault, but your percentage of responsibility must be less than 50%.
If an injured party's fault is over 50%, recovery cannot be made.
The value of your case will also reduce based on your level of responsibility. For example, if you caused 20% of the accident, your compensation will be reduced by 20%.
We have years of experience helping injured victims establish their percentage of responsibility to achieve the best possible outcome for their motor vehicle accident cases.
What should you do after a car accident in Chicago, Illinois?
In the first few moments following the car accident, you were probably concerned about your survival and not about taking legal action. However, now that you have taken stock of your health follow these critical steps to secure the substantial evidence that will help you achieve a favorable result.
1. Call your car insurance company as soon as possible, but do not admit fault.
Your insurance company might deny your claim or make it difficult to obtain compensation if you wait too long to tell them what happened. However, you should never admit fault, even if pressed to make a written or oral statement declaring your responsibility.
Be honest about the facts, explaining what occurred, but don't delve into your thoughts and opinions about what happened.
2. Report the automobile crash to law enforcement.
Alert law enforcement and police about the auto accident and inform them of the facts. Once again, do not provide your opinions about what you think happened – relay what you know to be true. Remember to ask for a copy of a police report or how you can obtain a copy after it is filed.
Motorists who cause injury or death, or damage over $1,500, must submit a report to the Illinois Department of Transportation as soon as possible and no later than ten days after the car crash has occurred.
Individuals must also report crashes using the Illinois Traffic Crash Report form (Police Report) or the Motorist Report form (Motorist Report). The Division of Traffic Safety website provides additional information on obtaining and filing the appropriate forms.
3. Get medical attention as soon as possible.
Even if you do not have any visible injuries, consult with a physician immediately. You may be unaware of car accident injuries due to a state of shock, the rush of adrenaline, or the concussion you sustained. In the days that follow, you may begin experiencing pain related to your injuries. If you delay seeking medical attention, the other driver's insurance company may attack your sincerity, diminishing the value of your claim.
4. Exchange information with the other car driver.
You must exchange your telephone number, address, insurance carrier, full legal name, license plate number, and additional contact information with all other drivers involved in the vehicle accident. Taking photographs of these details may prove helpful if the accident caused a mental impairment or confusion at the accident scene.
5. Document anything you remember about the motor vehicle accident.
Write down what you saw and heard while the auto accident is fresh on your mind. If you're too hurt to write, ask a trusted friend, associate, or family member to transcribe or record your account.
6. Take photographs of the accident scene & vehicle damage.
If you can, take photographs of the accident scene. Photographic evidence will help insurance adjusters investigate the incident and could be helpful to a jury if your case goes to trial.
7. Interview witnesses about the car accident.
Make sure to record eyewitness accounts of anyone who saw the incident. Note that almost every smartphone has a recorder function, so you can easily record witness observations about the scene of the accident on your smartphone. Obtaining a witness statement can go a long way to establishing the cause of the accident.
8. Discuss your case with an experienced car crash attorney in Chicago.
Do not go it alone. An experienced law firm can explain the legal process and protect your rights to obtain fair compensation for your injuries and medical expenses.
We always welcome the opportunity to speak with potential clients about their cases. Call us at (888) 424-5757 or complete a contact form for a free consultation with a Chicago auto accident attorney.
What happens if I am injured in a work-related car accident?
Many people have jobs that require driving. Were you involved in a car accident while in the course of your employment? You may qualify for a workers' compensation case and a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver.
Workers' compensation affords you some benefits that may cover your lost wages and medical bills while you are unable to work. A personal injury claim can provide additional compensation that exceeds the amount of your workers' comp benefits.
Our attorneys have extensive experience representing drivers and passengers injured in motor vehicle accidents while on the job. Therefore, we can provide a full explanation of your legal rights and options related to your circumstance.
Can I still bring a personal injury claim if a driver who caused my car accident did not have insurance?
You could file a claim if you were injured in an accident caused by a driver who did not have auto insurance. In addition, you can likely file an uninsured motorist claim under your driver's insurance policy.
While some procedural requirements must be followed, an uninsured motorist (UM) claim allows you to recover similar damages for your case as if you were proceeding against other drivers. In addition, uninsured motorist coverage would also compensate for auto accidents involving hit-and-run crashes, where the offending driver flees the scene.
Similarly, if the driver who caused your accident did not have sufficient liability coverage limits to compensate you fairly for your damages, you might have an under-uninsured motorist (UIM) claim filed with your insurance company.
Like the UM claim situation above, the terms of your auto policy will govern your rights and procedural requirements. However, you may wish to have a Chicago auto accident attorney review your policy to ascertain your coverage limits.
A car accident attorney in Chicago can review your UM insurance policy and advise you of your options.
What should you do after a car accident in Chicago, Illinois?
In preparation for allowing us to work for you, we put together some information that should help you understand the details involved in Illinois car accident injury cases. If you still have unanswered questions about your car accident case, please contact us.
- Illinois law allows a person injured in a car accident to pursue the negligent driver (or corporation where the individual was employed at the time of collision) to recover financial compensation for injuries and property damage.
- Claiming for damages could include economic and non-economic compensation. Economic damages are actual expenses related to medical bills and lost income due to the inability to work after an accident. Non-economic damages are subjective and cover the pain and suffering, disability, and disfigurement resulting from an accident.
The at-fault driver's insurance company pays most of these damages. Additionally, our attorneys have vast experience claiming both kinds of damages and will work to see you are compensated fairly.
- The law allows the family to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the party who caused the crash when the case involved losing a loved one in an Illinois motor vehicle collision.
Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, the surviving family members may recover compensation for grief, sorrow, loss of financial support, and loss of companionship. So if you have lost a family member in a car accident, we are here to help you.
- Every motor vehicle accident case involves an insurance company for the driver or the company they worked for when the crash occurred. Remember that the insurance company's interests for the party who caused the crash are contrary to yours.
The insurer will always want to pay as little as possible to resolve your case. Fortunately, we have experience dealing with virtually every major auto insurance company and know the ins and outs of their personal injury claims handling process.
Get Started - Talk To An Experienced Chicago Auto Accident Attorney Today
We are committed to holding negligent drivers accountable to the full extent of Illinois law. Our goals include shouldering some of the burdens that accompany a car accident so you can focus on your health and well-being.
We will come to your home or hospital if you cannot visit our downtown Chicago office. Our lawyers serve injured auto accident victims throughout Illinois.
Contact our Chicago office today and discuss options for injury compensation and your legal rights under the law.
The material on this page was prepared and reviewed by attorney Jonathan Rosenfeld.
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