Elgin Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a family member was injured in an auto accident and need an Elgin car accident lawyer, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today for a free initial consultation. We will provide your family with all available legal options to serve the best interests of your car accident claim.
A Dense Population Exposed to Dangers From Elgin Auto AccidentsEven though the Chicago suburb of Elgin is located in the most western portion of the metropolitan area, its highly dense population of more than 110,000 residents ranks the community as Illinois' eighth-largest city. Historically, the city of Elgin has grown at a rate of fourteen percent or more every decade since the 1980s.
The expanding population has increased the concentration of local traffic, making the roadways more congested and far less safe than in years past. As a result, many vehicle accidents with injuries and fatalities occur within the city limits and surrounding communities every year that affects many of its residents, visitors, and travelers passing through on major highways, including the Jane Adams Memorial Tollway (Interstate 90).
According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were 2,820 motor vehicle accidents in Elgin in 2018. The agency reports that there were 1,247 people injured in these crashes and eight people died from their injuries. A closer look at the data suggests 163 people received serious injuries categorized at 'type A' where they require extensive medical attention for injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, broken bones with surgery or paralysis.
IDOT does not track the cause of each car crash, but they do recognize factors such as: drunk driving, excessive speed, distracted driving, road rage and driver fatigue as playing a role in many of these serious accidents
Dangerous Intersections Commonly Involved in Elgin Car Accidents
In 2013, four individuals lost their lives in fatal accidents within the Elgin city limits. In February, a single-vehicle accident took the life of a driver. The incident occurred on Big Timber Road just west of North Lyle Avenue. A two-vehicle accident occurred in March of that year on West Lake Street just west of Hilliard Drive. Another two-vehicle accident occurred in July and killed one vehicle occupant at the intersection of Highland Avenue and North Randall Road. The number of fatalities in 2013 doubled from the previous year.
The city of Elgin has dangerous intersections, especially at Randall Road (34) and Route 72. Located in the upper northeast corner of the city of Elgin, this dangerous intersection has long maintained notoriety as Kane County's number one most dangerous crossroad. The plagued treacherous roadway at the unsafe junction has had many high-profile vehicle accidents in recent years.
The intersection of Shales Parkway and Late Street is also hazardous and has been the site of numerous accidents, with some involving fatalities. However, the intersection of Big Timber and Route 20 is particularly hazardous to cross, especially for teenagers driving to school. Route 20 has a posted 55 mile per hour speed limit with tight turns in the roadway approaching the junction. The roads become especially precarious during the winter months when the street surface is covered in snow and ice.
Residents living and driving around Route 58 and Shady Oaks Drive on Elgin's far eastside have long noted the crossroad is a dangerous intersection. Many citizens believe that installing a traffic light on the corner could vastly improve the safety of motorists, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and bystanders. Traffic engineers estimate that more than 12,000 vehicles pass through the intersection every day, with many accidents occurring at the location each year.
Common Insurance Settlement Tricks Used to Minimize Injury PayoutsSettling an Elgin Illinois motor vehicle accident claim without legal assistance can be frustrating and challenging, especially if you suffer serious injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one. Insurance companies use tactics to delay the injury claim or deny legitimate claims altogether.
It is the job of the insurance adjuster to save the company money, usually by taking advantage of the injured victim who does not have legal representation. In many incidences, the claims adjuster will use any reason to avoid paying financial compensation to the accident victim to cover their costly medical expenses. Often, the accident victim working the claim unassisted are under-compensated by the insurance company and left with unpaid medical bills, hospitalization, future treatment, property damage, missed earnings, pain, and suffering.
As personal injury attorneys representing people seriously injured in Elgin auto accidents, our job is to negotiate a settlement that represents fair value for your case with the insurer. However, the decision to settle a case ultimately remains with you. Our law firm remains ready and able to file a lawsuit for your injuries if we cannot get a favorable settlement offer from the at-fault driver's insurance company.
The Benefits of Using a Car Accident AttorneyIf you have been injured in an Elgin motor vehicle accident, the incident has most likely significantly disrupted your daily life at the expense of your health and well-being. It is essential to make sure the accident does not also cost any more of your precious time and hard-earned money. Hiring an Elgin car accident attorney can prove to be the best way to move forward to get your life back on track.
Because of the severe automobile accident, you likely need to hire the most skilled legal representation available in your community. A reputable Elgin law firm that specializes in personal injury motor vehicle accident cases will understand the best ways to play hardball with defense attorneys, insurance companies, and claims adjusters to ensure you receive maximum monetary compensation.
An experienced Elgin car accident lawyer working on your behalf can ensure your receive financial, physical, and emotional recovery through an out-of-court settlement or a jury award after a successful trial.
Hiring an Experienced Elgin Car Accident Lawyer to Represent You in Your Injury CaseOur team of reputable Elgin car accident lawyers will review the evidence of your case and discuss specifics with you on how a claim or lawsuit can provide you the financial compensation you deserve. Through a legal assessment, your Elgin car accident attorney can determine what parties are at fault for your damages, injuries, and losses. You are required by Illinois tort law to prove how negligence or intention of another caused your damages.
Common parties at fault or responsible for the accident often include:
- A truck driver or other motorist drove negligently, distracted or drunk
- An automobile manufacturer or supplier sold a vehicle with defective parts
- Automobile repair companies worked on the car improperly
- Government agencies and roadway maintenance crews in charge failed to maintain safe streets
Taking Legal Action After an Elgin Car Accident Involving Personal InjuryYou might believe that the best legal action is to make direct contact with insurance companies involved in the accident in the United States. However, it is best to seek legal representation first. Retaining an accident lawyer provides peace of mind and gives you time to focus on healing from your physical and emotional injuries and financial damage. A seasoned Elgin car accident law firm will handle every administrative requirement in filing and resolving a claim for compensation.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC offers a no-obligation, confidential, no-hassle free initial consultation. Our trusted Elgin car accident lawyers have years of experience in handling severe vehicle accidents in Kane County, McHenry County, DuPage County, and Cook County. Contact our offices today at (888) 424-5757 to find out exactly what compensation you might be entitled to receive.