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Chicago Car Accident Lawyer

Let Our Attorneys Help Get You the Compensation You Deserve for Injuries Sustained in a Car Accident

You or a family member was injured in a car accident in Chicago, IL and want to claim damages for accident-related injuries as well as medical bills.

Whether it was a minor fender-bender or a high-impact collision, you or a loved one has suffered personal injury and needs compensation.

Perhaps you want to claim medical expenses, property damage, lost income due to the inability to work, or costs relating to serious injury resulting in disability and disfigurement. Maybe you are even looking to recover punitive damages.

You Need Trusted Trial Lawyers With Experience Representing Car Accident Victims

You are an injured person in need of legal advice you can trust from a law firm you can trust.

You need a Chicago personal injury attorney with experience litigating and settling cases involving car accidents, with specialist experience in the Chicago area.

You want to get the maximum value out of your personal injury case after a motor vehicle accident.

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5 Crucial Steps to Take After a Car Accident
In this episode Jonathan Rosenfeld chats with Gerald Bekkerman an Attorney at Taxman, Pollock, Murray, & Bekkerman, LLC. Here, they give statistics on car accidents in Illinois including injuries and fatalities.\r\nThey also go over the 5 crucial steps to take after a car accident:\r\n 1) Check yourself for injuries.\r\n 2) Contact law enforcement.\r\n 3) Gather information about the incident. Take photos of the cars, intersection, etc.\r\n 4) Get medical attention.\r\n 5) Consult with an attorney.\r\n For more information contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC\r\n https://www.rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com
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You Have Come to the Right Place

In choosing Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC to represent you after an accident, you are getting Chicago car accident lawyers who know the law and the true value of your case.

The consistent results achieved by our auto accident attorneys position us best to represent you or a family member as the injured party.

With us, you will get an experienced 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. Get started with a free consultation.

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Why Work With Our Chicago Car Accident Lawyers?

As experienced Chicago car accident lawyers, we understand the unique intricacies involved in achieving the best possible settlement for your injury.

In fact, our car accidents and injury attorneys have recovered over $250 Million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Our law firm understands how insurance companies defend these cases, and we use this expertise to your advantage.

From the time a car 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 an auto accident has on your physical, emotional, and financial health.

When you retain the services of our law offices, you can be assured that your case is getting handled by a team of experienced auto accident lawyers who have your interest first and foremost.

Personal injury can be stressful, and we work to lighten your load. This is why our fee structure is designed the way it is. Whether you are claiming for economic damages or non-economic damages, our fees won't add to your stress.

Legal Experience You Can Trust

We have experience resolving a range of car accident cases via settlement, mediation, and trial.

Whether you have been hurt in a car crash related to distracted driving, texting, road rage, exceeding the speed limit, drunk driving or driver fatigue, we have seen it all – and won.

Common injury cases we have seen include:

Beyond our deep understanding of the law, we also know how these cases are handled by insurance companies, meaning we can take the steps necessary to get the best outcome for you.

We are no stranger to the intricacies involved in rear-end crashes, intersection accidents, hit-and-runs, head on collisions, turning accidents and highway crashes.

In choosing to work with the personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC, you gain the benefit of our broad-ranging experience.

Our Settlement History for Chicago Car Accident Cases

We are well experienced with car accidents and cases and 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.

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$2,200,000: Awarded to the family of a man who was killed while a passenger in a car driven by a co-worker on a business trip to Southern Illinois.


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$1,000,000: Wrongful death settlement paid to the family of a passenger in a car which was struck head-on in Cook County, IL.


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$800,000: Settlement for a woman who sustained neck injuries when she was rear-ended in a road-construction area.


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$599,900: Distracted driving car accident settlement involving a fractured ankle and sternum.


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$449,000: Car passenger with facial fractures from hitting her head on the windshield in disputed liability case in Belvidere, IL.


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$250,000: Uninsured motorist policy limit settlement for Evanston woman injured in a drunk driving accident. The case was settled prior to mandatory arbitration.


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$175,000: Settlement for a married couple injured when a teen driver rear-ended them..

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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 some of the following awards and invitations for membership by some of the 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

If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident with a negligent driver, contact our Chicago law office for a free consultation about your car accident claim.

Causes of Serious Car Accidents

Every year state and national agencies examine crash data from thousands of auto accidents to get a better idea of the type of driver behavior that causes serious accidents.

By understanding the causes behind some of these horrific crashes, authorities are hopeful that they will be able to encourage change in driver behavior or present legislation that will force drivers to do so.

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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%

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Our Chicago auto injury attorneys are familiar with these primary causes of accidents and can assist you in establishing the liability aspect of your case, so you can 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 see you to a favorable outcome.

Your attorney will meet you for an initial review of your case and will 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.

If, for some reason, no settlement is reached, we file a lawsuit for your injury claim and see you through the process, from discovery, to mediation to trial.

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Chicago Car Accident FAQ's

Below are some frequently asked questions that regularly arise from people dealing with car accident injuries.

We appreciate that there's no way to plan for an auto accident and how it can impact you and your family.

Should you have additional questions, we encourage you to call our law office and you can talk to an experienced Chicago car accident lawyer who 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 the time comes for you to face professional attorneys working for billion-dollar insurance companies.

An experienced car accident lawyer will know how to navigate the process to see you to a favorable outcome, giving you the freedom and peace of mind to focus on recovery.

How much does it cost to hire a Chicago car accident attorney?

When you work with us, you pay nothing upfront. We only claim a fee when we reach a settlement for your car accident claim.

This is called a "contingency fee". 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 a copy of their settlement statement which shows exactly 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 the filing of 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 lawsuit sooner.

Consequently, it is imperative that you meet with a Chicago car 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 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.

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 (brain damage); a $1,155,000 award (herniated disk); and a $15,700,000 award (facial injury).

Settlements often cover medical bills, but it is important to note that you can claim for pain and suffering.

This is called 'non-economic damages'. The value of these damages can be hard to quantify, but your attorney will know how best to assess and calculate this.

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 make a claim for personal injuries if you are partially at fault, but your percentage of fault must sit at less than 50%.

If an injured parties’ fault is over 50%, recovery cannot be made.

The value of your case will also reduce in relation to your fault. For example, if you caused 20% of the accident, your compensation will be reduced by 20%.

Our experience on this means we can help you establish your level of responsibility, to achieve the best possible outcome for your Chicago car accident case.

What should you do after a car accident in Chicago, Illinois?

If you have been in a car accident, your first thought is probably about survival and not about legal action. However, once you have taken stock of your health, there are some important steps to take which will help you achieve favorable results by securing important evidence.

1. Call your car insurance company as soon as possible, but do not admit fault.

If you wait too long to tell your insurance company what happened, you may be denied compensation or the path to obtaining compensation could be harder. You should never admit fault, even if pressed to make a 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 auto accident 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 to obtain a copy after it is filed.

Motorists who cause injury or death, or damage in excess of $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). Additional information is available from the Division of Traffic Safety website on how to obtain and file the appropriate forms.

3. Get medical attention as soon as possible.

Even if you do not have any visible injuries, consult with a physician. You may be unaware of car accident injuries due to a state of shock, or may have sustained a concussion. However, as days go by you may begin to experience pain related to your injuries. If you delay in seeking medical attention, the other driver's insurance company may attack your sincerity.

4. Exchange information with the other car driver.

It is important to trade your telephone, 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, especially if you have been mentally impaired by the accident.

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 someone you trust to transcribe or record your account.

6. Take photographs of the accident scene & vehicle damage.

If you can, make sure to take photographs. This will help insurance adjusters investigate the incident. They may also be helpful to a jury if your case goes to trial.

7. Interview witnesses about the car accident.

Make sure to record the 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 accident lawyer 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 or complete a contact form for a free consultation with one of our Chicago auto accident lawyers.

What happens if I am injured in a work-related car accident?

Many people are required to drive and travel for their jobs. If you are involved in a car accident while in the course of your employment, you may have both a workers' compensation case as well as a claim against the at-fault driver.

Workers' compensation affords you some benefits that may cover your lost wages and medical care while you are unable to work. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing drivers and passengers who were injured in motor vehicle accidents while on the job and we can give you a full explanation of your legal rights and options related to your circumstance.

Can I still bring a claim if a driver who caused my car accident did not have insurance?

Yes, if you were injured in an accident caused by a driver who did not have auto insurance you can likely file an uninsured motorist claim under your own policy.

While there are some procedural requirements that must be followed, an un-insured motorist (UM) claim allows you to recover similar damages for your case as if you were proceeding against other drivers. In auto accidents, involving hit-and-run crashes, where the offending driver flees the scene, uninsured motorist coverage would also apply.

Similarly, if the driver who caused your accident did not have sufficient liability coverage limits to fairly compensate you for your damages, you may have an under-uninsured motorist (UIM) claim with your own 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 car 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 our options.

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What should you do after a car accident in Chicago, Illinois?

In preparation for working with us, we have put together some information which should help you understand the details involved in Illinois car accident 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 can include both economic and non-economic compensation. Economic damages are tangible 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. Most of these damages are paid by the at-fault driver's insurance company. We have vast experience in claiming for both kinds of damages and will work to see you fairly compensated.
  • In the case of a family who has lost a loved one in an Illinois motor vehicle collision, the law allows the family to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the party who caused the crash. Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, the surviving family members may recover compensation for grief, sorrow, loss of financial support and loss of companionship. 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 that they work for. Remember that the interests of the insurance company for the party who caused the crash are contrary to yours. They simply 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 claims handling process.
Chicago Auto Accident claims lawyer details Illinois' Fatality Crashes

What You Need to Know About Car Accident Injury Claims

In preparation for working with us, we have put together some information which should help you understand the details involved in Illinois car accident cases. If you still have unanswered questions about your car accident case, please contact us. 

  1. 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. This is where our expertise lies.
  2. Claiming for damages can include both economic and non-economic compensation. Economic damages are tangible 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.
  3. Most of these damages are paid by the at-fault driver's insurance company. We have vast experience in claiming for both kinds of damages and will work to see you fairly compensated.
    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. Under the Illinois Wrongful Death
  4. Act, the surviving family members may recover compensation for grief, sorrow, loss of financial support and loss of companionship. 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 that they work for. Remember that the interests of the insurance company for the party who caused the crash are contrary to yours. They simply 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 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 when it comes to traffic accident fatalities.

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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 severe injuries classified at '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 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 (most recent year for crash data) there were 96,302 reported car accidents within the City of Chicago boundaries.

Those crashes resulted in 16,880 reported injuries and 133 fatalities.

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Get Started - Talk to a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Today

We are committed to holding negligent drivers accountable to the full extent of Illinois law. Our goal is to shoulder 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 are unable to come to our downtown Chicago office. Our lawyers serve auto accident clients throughout Illinois.

Contact our Chicago office today and discuss your legal rights under the law, and options for injury compensation.

The material on this page was prepared and reviewed by attorney Jonathan Rosenfeld.

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