Joliet Car Accident Lawyer
The city of Joliet ranked far better than Chicago this year in its annual Allstate Insurance Company America's Best Drivers Report on the nation's safest driving cities. Joliet landed 56th on the list compared to Chicago's 152nd position. Only Rockford, Illinois, ranked better than Joliet throughout the entire state.
The Illinois car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are committed to assisting people injured in Illinois motor vehicle crashes. Before you consider speaking to a claims adjuster representing working for an at-fault driver's insurance carrier, we invite you to contact our office for a free case review.
As with all Illinois automobile accident cases our personal injury law firm handles, we only charge a legal fee when there is a recovery for you.
Where Do Auto Accidents in Joliet Occur?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has obtained data from the Joliet Police Department via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regarding traffic safety data in Cook County, Will County, and DuPage County. According to information provided, there were the following traffic-related injuries and deaths:
- Total Number of Crashes: 16,067
- Total Number of Injuries: 2,794
- Total Number of Fatalities: 16
Additional Data Available:
- Total Property Damage: 13,257
- Number Killed: 16
- Number Injured: 3,852
Our FOIA request confirmed that the following intersections were the most dangerous areas to drive in Joliet in 2017.
- US-52 & W Jefferson St.
- IL-59 & W Theodore St.
- Larking & Jefferson
- W Caton Farm Rd & Frontage Rd
- W Caton Farm Rd & IL-59
- Essington Rd & Caton Farm Rd
- Larking & McDonough
- IL-53 & Chicago St
- Jefferson & Larking
- Hennepin Dr & Plainfield Dr
The 2017 report listed Joliet's rank higher than its former position in the 2016 in-depth analysis report. However, Joliet car accident lawyers know that serious accidents with injuries still occur here every year.
Statistics show that the four individuals who lost their lives within the city limits in fatal car accidents match historical data in previous years. Two of those wrongful death fatalities involved drunk driving.
Recent Joliet Automobile Accident Cases
In March 2020, a plaintiff filed a wrongful death lawsuit involving a fatal accident in 2018 on Interstate 80, claiming the lives of a 38-year-old Coal City female and her unborn baby. The crash happened when a Bolingbrook Truck Center semi-trailer's brake drum broke and shattered the victim's passenger vehicle's windshield.
In April 2015, a local man lost his life on Interstate 55 near Joliet, IL, after being struck by a semi-truck and trailer during daylight hours. The victim was driving a 1999 Chrysler that had stalled in the roadway.
The police report indicated that a Melrose Park truck driver hit the victim's vehicle as he attempted to move off the road. The man was pronounced dead at the accident scene.
Two fatal local car accidents in Joliet, IL, occurred in July 2015. Both fatalities happened on Interstate 80. Illinois
State police responded to an incident where an individual lost his life in a two-vehicle accident occurring on westbound I-80 just west of Brisbin Rd. EMT responders transported the male victim to a local area hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The second accident involved a three-vehicle crash that claimed the life of one individual and injured two others. The deceased victim was a resident of Des Moines, Iowa. Two other crash victims were transported to a local area hospital, one suffering a life-threatening injury.
A November 2013 accident in Cook County claimed the life of one individual and injured another. The incident occurred at Delmar and Larkin Avenue in mid-afternoon. The deceased victim's Pontiac Bonneville was traveling on southbound Larkin when a GMC Yukon cut it off.
Common Causes of Fatal Car Accidents
Vehicle accidents are a common problem in every community, including here in the city. While many vehicle accident-related fatalities happen on the local interstate, some Joliet car accidents occur on local streets and roadways.
The most common types of car accidents producing severe injuries and fatalities involve:
- Rear-End Car Accident - Statistics maintained by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reveal that nearly one in three auto accidents involve rear-end collisions. Almost every driver at fault was not paying attention to roadway conditions just before the car accident.
- Hydroplaning - Slick roadways during adverse weather conditions produced by rain and hidden ice can cause hydroplaning where tire tread cannot maintain contact with the road surface. Hydroplaning causes the driver to lose control, where turning the wheel right or left does not redirect the vehicle's path.
- Animal Collision - Hitting a wild animal in the street can cause significant damage to the car and severe injuries to its occupants. It is essential to be cautious when an animal crossing sign is posted on a city street or in rural areas.
- Side-Impact Car Accident - Statistics maintained by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) indicate that side-impact collisions total more than 25 percent of all passenger vehicle accident deaths in the nation. These accidents often involve a'T-bone&' collision when one driver fails to yield the right of way to another, causing a side-impact car accident.
- Pedestrian Accidents - Striking a pedestrian with a vehicle is more dangerous than motorcycle accidents and bicycle accidents. The NHTSA indicates that more than 60,000 pedestrians suffer serious injuries every year from traffic accidents.
If the accident caused your injuries, losses, or damages, you are likely entitled to receive financial compensation if the incident was not your fault. However, these types of cases are challenging to litigate in civil court or negotiate an out-of-court settlement. Because of that, many victims will hire a Joliet car accident lawyer to handle their case.
Seeking Compensation for Injuries Sustained in a Joliet Car Accident
Not only do vehicle accidents cause injuries, anxiety, and stress, the incident can also place you in a financial stranglehold for years as you heal. Car accidents do more than just cause damage to the vehicle.
A collision can quickly generate extensive medical bills, including ambulance transportation fees and the cost of hospitalization, surgeries, treatments, and rehabilitation. Victims of car crashes are usually unable to return to work quickly and often lose wages or the ability to earn a living in the future. Additionally, their injuries can produce substantial pain and suffering.
Because of that, victims will hire a Joliet car accident law firm that has experience settling and litigating Will County cases. The injured party must prove how other parties are at fault for the collision.
Benefits of Legal Representation in Joliet Car Accident Cases
A skilled Joliet auto accident lawyer can ensure that you receive the financial compensation you deserve. Your car accident lawyers will assume all responsibilities of the challenging car accident claims process.
An attorney will handle all correspondence and phone calls from the insurance company, hospital, healthcare providers, and medical bill collectors. The law firm will investigate the evidence and facts surrounding your accident, assess your damages, and open communication with experienced lawyers representing every defendant (parties at fault).
A reputable Joliet car accident lawyer can accurately complete the claim for compensation for a car wreck on your behalf to seek compensation for health care expenses and:
- Future medical care to heal
- Hospitalization costs of catastrophic injuries, broken bones, head injuries, and temporary/permanent disability
- Lost wages due to the accident where the plaintiff cannot work or is undergoing a medical treatment
- Lost future earning capacity
- Property damage
- Other damages
Any family member who lost a loved one in a Joliet car accident can file a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court to hold those responsible for causing the crash financially accountable. In a typical fatal car accident case, the defendant's insurance company will pay the decedent's loved ones to cover their medical bills, funeral costs, pain, and suffering.
Your personal injury lawyer can answer every legal question concerning your case to provide various options on the best ways to proceed. Hiring our experienced team of skilled lawyers ensures you receive a full financial recovery in your case. Our auto accident attorneys accept personal injury cases on contingency, so no upfront fees are required.
Car Accident Case FAQs
Our law firm understands that many families have unanswered questions about what to do after an accident to ensure they receive financial compensation by filing a claim. A personal injury attorney has answered some of those questions below.
For additional information, call our law firm at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or through the contact form for a free consultation to speak with our legal team about your case. We ensure our clients' rights are protected.
What should you do immediately after a car accident?
Never leave the accident scene until law enforcement arrives or when emergency medical technicians transport you to the hospital for your injuries. Protect the accident scene by using flashers and flares and call 911 to ensure the police accurately record what occurred.
Take photographs of all damaged vehicles and exchange information on all vehicles and people involved in the accident. All parties will likely file insurance claims to cover their losses and possibly hire a personal injury attorney to handle their car accident case.
What are common car accident injuries?
Even a minor car accident can cause painful injuries that can physically and financially impact you for weeks or years. Common injuries associated with car accidents include whiplash, head injuries, traumatic brain injury, scrapes, cuts, broken ribs, fractured bones, internal organ damage, spinal cord damage, herniated discs, internal bleeding, and knee trauma.
Some car accident victims suffer from emotional and mental injuries involving post-traumatic stress disorder or a psychological injury feeling guilty for causing the crash.
Is it necessary to hire a car accident lawyer to handle your case?
Any auto accident case involving property damage, injury, or fatality will likely be challenging to resolve, especially if multiple parties are involved. Hiring a lawyer who understands civil tort law can ensure that the client's rights are protected.
An attorney working on behalf of their client can provide legal services, speak directly to the insurance company, and negotiate a compensation settlement. A settlement will likely cover the victim&'s losses, including medical bills, lost wages, hospital bills, therapy & rehabilitation expenses, pain, and suffering.
People who lost a loved one in a fatal auto accident can file a wrongful death claim to receive compensation on behalf of the deceased, including their medical bills, funeral & burial expenses, pain, and suffering.
How common are car accidents?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over six million car accidents occur every year in the United States, claiming the lives of about 90 people on average every day. Statistics show that approximately two million passenger vehicle occupants suffer a temporary or permanent injury every year.
Studies show that approximately one of the seven people in car accidents was not wearing their seatbelt when the accident occurred. Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of dying by 45%.
Hire an Experienced Joliet Car Accident Lawyer
Seasoned Joliet car accident lawyers with a comprehensive understanding of the United States and Illinois tort law could help you obtain financial compensation if the other driver did not have adequate insurance coverage or any insurance at all.
Working in your best interests to protect your rights, our law offices will ensure you can get your life back on track after the accident.
Call the Joliet, IL car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation. Our law firm has obtained millions on behalf of our clients.
Our legal practice is an established personal injury law firm handling car accident cases in Illinois. Our legal team accepts every case involving car accidents on a contingency fee basis, meaning no upfront fees are paid until the case is resolved through a negotiated settlement or jury verdict.
Our law firm represents clients in various practice areas, including truck accidents, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, construction accidents, premises liability, defective medications, product liability, and wrongful death.