As surely as death and taxes, residents across Illinois have come to accept automobile accidents as a part of life across their streets, highways, and tollways. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, while accidents involving injuries have regularly decreased year over year since the early 1990s, their numbers are still significant. In 2013 alone, there were over 280,000 accidents. Of those incidents, about 1 in 5 of them resulted in injuries and 1 in 100 resulted in fatalities. Surprisingly, pedestrians, bikes, and motorcycles hardly accounted for the overall figure, with each totaling only in the single digits.
The Illinois car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have compiled data from across the state to complete this Illinois Car Accident Settlement Center. The information is designed to give you background into some common injuries that result from car accidents as well as the settlement amounts or jury awards that typically accompany them. With some homage to national trends, it primarily focuses on Illinois litigation and highlights popular county statistics where relevant and conspicuous. Here are the specific injuries covered:
- Herniated Disk Injuries
- Knee Injuries
- Facial Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Wrongful Deaths
- Broken Bone Injuries
And here are recent Illinois jury awards and settlement amounts for car accident cases:
- $2,450,000 AWARD (Knee Injury Case)
- $3,000,000 AWARD (Wrongful Death Case)
- $15,833,238 AWARD (Brain Damage Case)
- $1,155,000 AWARD (Herniated Disk Case)
- $15,700,000 AWARD (Facial Injury Case)
This Center focuses on injuries and recoveries (both jury award and settlement amount) because, after representing hundreds of Illinois car accident victims, our law firm understands that these are the most important questions people have immediately after they have been involved in a crash. However, if you are an attorney and would like guidance on how best to handle car accident litigation, please visit our Auto Accident Attorney Help Center here. That Center will give you all the tools, advice, and forms you need to take a case from intake to trial or settlement.Insurance Companies Role in Illinois Car Accident Cases
In many instances, the defendant you will be up against in your car accident case will be an insurance company. They might refuse to pay what you owe entirely or offer to pay only a portion of your damages. Often, they will attempt to argue that you were actually at fault or that they are not obligated to pay under the terms of the policy.
It is important to hire legal counsel that has experience going toe-to-toe with these giant corporations. We have fought and won many cases against insurance carriers and know how to preserve your recovery. For more information on insurance companies that might be relevant in your case, visit these pages:
- State Farm
- Countrywide Financial
- Liberty Mutual
- The Hartford
Following your automobile accident, you must quickly look to find competent counsel to safeguard your recovery for a number of reasons. First, the statute of limitations will bar your action if you do not bring it within two years. Second, evidence and witnesses will fade before your eyes if you do quickly investigate and record them. Third, the opposing party will solidify its position before you can find any cracks in the case.
For all these reasons and more, you should seek experienced counsel in this field, and probably a lawyer that focuses exclusively on this subject matter. That person should be able to demonstrate a track record of success in maximizing recoveries of prior victims such as you. Our firm has many lawyers who have a history of protecting the rights of victims of Illinois car accidents.
We can walk you precisely through the ins and outs of all relevant laws and statutes and explain how they apply to your circumstances. Furthermore, we know exactly what it takes to fight large insurance companies and other high-powered defendants to ensure that you not only keep your recovery but it is maximized. Call us today for a free consultation and to learn about how we can help you!Related Articles
- To read about Illinois car accident laws, click here.
- To read about a potential car accident case’s worth, click here.
- To read a sample demand letter in a car accident case, click here.
- To read a sample complaint in a car accident case, click here.
- To visit our Auto Accident Attorney Help Center, click here.