Naperville Car Accident Lawyer
The Illinois car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understand that increased traffic congestion continues to be an inescapable problem for commuters in the Chicago Metropolitan area. During peak hours in Naperville, Illinois, the congested traffic overloads the existing transit systems and roadways every business day.
These congestion problems regularly account for some of the severe motor vehicle collisions our personal injury law firm handles in Naperville, IL. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an Illinois car crash, schedule a free consultation with Naperville attorneys at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) to learn more about your legal rights.
The frustration of being stuck in traffic for hours on end is only part of the problem. Exasperated motorists expect delays caused by traffic accidents occurring from the reckless actions of distracted drivers. However, not every major accident happens in 'start and stop' traffic. Drivers will often push the limits of safe driving on roadways and side streets to get home or work on time.
As a result, helpless others are often victimized by the careless actions of negligent drivers, causing severe accidents. Many of these Naperville car crashes involve severe injuries and fatalities in densely populated areas of Chicagoland from downtown radiating to its outlying suburbs.
Recent Naperville Auto Accidents
In June 2020, a 77-year-old pedestrian lost his life after being struck by an SUV at the intersection of College Road & Hobson Rd. in Naperville. The decedent, along with a 71-year-old female, was crossing the street in a designated crosswalk. Doctors pronounced the man dead shortly after he arrived at the hospital.
In March 2015, Naperville law enforcement officers responded to the report of a crash occurring at Modaff Road and 75th St., indicating a bicyclist was hit by a vehicle. First responders arriving at the scene observed a 2009 Chevrolet van and a bicycle rider at the intersection.
A preliminary investigation showed that the bicyclist was traveling northbound when it was struck by the Chevrolet van moving westbound on 75th St. The cycling victim of the bicycle accident suffered severe injuries and received emergency medical attention at the scene of the crash before being transported to a local hospital.
Three months later, a driver was arrested for allegedly crossing her vehicle into opposing traffic before colliding with another car traveling northbound on Raymond Dr. at Queensgreen Cir. The motorist was charged with improper lane usage and DUI (driving under the influence) of alcohol. The injured victim in the other car was extricated from the vehicle by the local fire department and transported to the Naperville Edward Hospital suffering from serious injuries.
Severe car accidents in Naperville, Illinois, are not uncommon. Two individuals lost their lives in fatal accidents in 2012 in a crash occurring on East Diehl Road close to Centre Point Circle and a separate accident at Royal St. George and Briargate Drive. In 2013, another victim lost their life in a fatal crash on East Diehl at Freedom Drive.
Where Do Vehicle Accidents in Naperville Occur?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has obtained data from the Naperville Police Records Department via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regarding traffic safety data in the city. According to information provided, there were the following traffic-related injuries and deaths in Will County and DuPage County:
- Total Number of Crashes: 4,291
- Total Number of Injuries: 651
- Total Number of Fatalities: 0
- Total Number of Crashes: 4,173
- Total Number of Injuries: 681
- Total Number of Fatalities: 5
- Total Number of Crashes: 3,759
- Total Number of Injuries: 642
- Total Number of Fatalities: 4
Our FOIA request confirmed that the following intersections were the most dangerous areas to drive locally:
Top 10 crash intersections for 2015:
- Route 59/1-88:
- Route 59/Diehl Rd.
- Route 59/North Aurora
- 75th St./Naper Blvd
- Ogden Ave/Aurora Ave
- 75th St/Washington
- Ogden/North Aurora/Raymond
- Ogden/Naper-Wheaton Rd
- Ogden/River Rd
- Route 59/95th St.
Top 10 crash intersections for 2016:
- N Route 59/North Aurora Rd
- E 75th St/ S Naper B.I.
- E 75th St/ S Washington St and S Route 59/111th St
- W 75th St/ Book
- W 75th St/ Naperville Plainfield Rd — Rickert Dr
- N Route 59/1-88
- N Route 59/W Diehl
- N Route 59/ Ferry Rd
- W 75th St/Millbrook and Aurora Av/Ogden Av
- Ogden Av/North Aurora Rd-Raymond Dr
Top 10 crash intersections for 2017:
- N Route 59/North Aurora Rd
- E 75th St /S Naper BIvd
- Aurora Av/ Main St, E 75th St/S Washington, N Route 59/E 1-88
- Ferry Rd/N Route 59 and S Naper Bl/E Chicago
- W Diehl Rd/ N Route 59 and W Ogden Ave/N Route 59
- Iroquois Ave/E Ogden Av and Rickert Dr/S West St
- Aurora Av/ S Eagle St, Cedar Glade Dr/95TH St, W Ogden Ave/Aurora Ave
- S Washington/E Chicago Ave
- 111TH St/S Route 59, E Ogden Ave/N Naper, Hassert BI/Book Rd, N Naper BI/E Diehl Rd, S Naper B.I./Market Ave
- Naperville Wheaton Rd/E Ogden Av, S Brainard St/E Chicago Av, S Washington St/ E Hillside W 75T" St/Millbrook, W Ogden AV/ Feldott Ln, 95th St/Book Rd, 95th St/Plainfield Naperville Rd 95th St/S Route 59
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), many car accident cases are caused by negligence, reckless driving, and not wearing a seat belt. All personal injury clients filing wrongful death cases were family members who lost their lives needlessly by negligent or reckless driving.
Naperville's Red Light Enforcement Program
In the summer of 2007, Naperville City Council endorsed the city's Red-Light program to reduce severe bodily harm and fatalities in the community. The council initiated the order to decrease the number of red-light violations occurring at major intersections throughout the city.
By 2009, many of the red-light cameras were installed at busy crossroads in the hope of reducing the number of crashes occurring in the community. The system is designed to capture an image of a motorist causing a traffic violation when turning on a red light without stopping.
The system is designed to ensure pedestrian and bicycle safety by ticketing drivers failing to stop at an intersection where right turns are permitted on a red light. While the program has been somewhat successful, severe accidents with bodily harm still occur.
Filing a Claim for Compensation For Injuries Sustained in an Illinois Car Accident
Being involved in an Illinois car crash often creates many questions, including which parties are at fault, who will pay for your damages, and if you will receive lost wages reimbursement. In many situations, claims adjusters working for insurance companies will attempt to settle the vehicle accident case quickly to minimize their financial payout.
By making a quick vehicle accident settlement offer, the insurance carrier can avoid much of the legal process involving a personal injury lawyer who might offer their client more legal options to obtain more compensation.
Unfortunately, many victims are unaware of the seriousness of their bodily harm and the value of their case and settle for an amount far below fair compensation. Because of that, victims will hire Naperville accident injury lawyers to resolve the claim successfully to ensure their medical bills, hospitalization expenses, and the cost of medical treatment is covered.
Personal injury attorneys specializing in Illinois vehicle accident cases are incredibly knowledgeable about relevant Illinois civil tort laws and the state's procedural rules that significantly affect the case. A skilled personal injury attorney can advise you of the statute of limitations deadlines that could permanently prevent you from ever filing a claim or lawsuit.
Also, an experienced Naperville, IL passenger vehicle accident attorney can file a lawsuit or claim on your behalf and build your case based on every possible defense raised by the other side – the party at fault for the automobile accident. Through legal representation, our law firm can help level the playing field, especially when facing the vast resources and experience of a corporate auto insurance carrier.
Benefits of Using An Attorney
Personal injury lawyers specializing in vehicle crashes use tort law to resolve a car accident claim, ensuring that victims receive adequate financial compensation for their bodily harm, property damage, and other losses.
Accident injury lawyers can work on the victim's behalf, perform legal legwork, and protect their legal rights when negotiating a car accident settlement or taking the case to trial.
Typically, in Naperville, IL, car accident lawyers will speak directly with the defendant's insurance company or claims adjuster or hire experts to re-create the crash scene to ensure that the vehicle accident settlement is fair and accurate.
Our Lake County personal injury legal team has been serving Naperville residents for years and can help your family too. We successfully resolve car accident claims by gathering necessary evidence, including witness statements, police reports, lost wages information, loss of future earning capacity, medical records, and hospitalization bills.
Should the insurance company fail to make a good faith settlement offer, our Naperville car accident lawyers will take the case to court. A vehicle crash trial lawyer will build a case using a successful strategy when presenting evidence before a judge and jury to ensure a beneficial outcome.
Motor Vehicle Accidents FAQs
Our Naperville car accident lawyers understand that many families have unanswered questions about vehicle accidents, talking to an insurance company, and beginning the process of financial healing.
Illinois personal injury lawyers answered some of the most frequently asked questions below. For additional information, call our Lake County personal injury law firm at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a free consultation.
What are the Most Common Causes of Vehicle Accidents?
In 2018, nearly 3 million vehicle accident victims in the U.S. suffered bodily harm requiring immediate medical attention. Catastrophic auto crash injuries severely change people's lives dealing with lost wages, hospital bills, pain, suffering, or permanent disability.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is a leading cause of many vehicle accidents in the United States. Other causes include speeding, recklessness, running stop signs & red lights, driving under the influence (drunk driving), aggressive driving, fatigue, and adverse weather conditions.
What are the Most Common Car Crash Injuries?
According to the National Safety Council, drivers and passengers involved in vehicle accidents suffer whiplash more than any other injury that strains muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the skull, neck, and shoulders.
Other common injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Fractured ribs
- Herniated discs
- Internal bleeding
- Internal organ damage
- Knee trauma
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Psychological damage, including post-traumatic stress disorder
How Does an Auto Crash Settlement Work?
Typically, all parties at fault for causing the crash are legally responsible for resolving auto accident claims by making the best settlement offer covering hospital bills, medical costs, lost wages, and other damages. An accident settlement releases all legally liable parties from any future liability, which could be beneficial if the victim has additional future expenses beyond the agreed amount.
The victim (plaintiff) will usually hire a personal injury law firm to represent their side. The accident injury lawyers will negotiate with the defendant's insurance company to ensure that their client receives adequate compensation.
Additional people (third parties) may also be included in the claim, including the car manufacturer, road maintenance crews, or road construction companies that could provide additional compensation.
How are Car Crash Settlements Paid Out?
Typically, car accident lawyers will negotiate directly with the insurance company representing the person responsible for causing the crash. In Illinois, a car accident case is usually resolved by paying a single lump sum to the victim or through a structured settlement involving periodic payments covering property damage and ongoing medical bills and rehabilitation costs associated with the personal injury.
Personal injury attorneys typically recommend that their clients not agree to a structured settlement to resolve their auto accident without first using a financial advisor or tax attorney to ensure the victim's rights are protected.
Hiring a Naperville Personal Injury Lawyer
Were you injured in an automobile accident, or did you lose a loved one through another's negligence? Call an Illinois motor vehicle accident lawyer at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) today to schedule a free consultation.
Let us use Illinois law and the state's legal system to handle your vehicle accident case. There are no upfront fees for our legal services, and you will owe us nothing if we are not successful in resolving your case.
Our Chicago, IL law firm serves as your legal advocate and representative to negotiate your claim. Our trial lawyers work on your behalf throughout the claims process to ensure that you receive adequate compensation by presenting your motor vehicle collision, bicycle accident, motorcycle accident, or pedestrian injury case in front of a judge and jury when necessary.
Our Naperville trial lawyers represent clients in various practice areas, including motor vehicle accidents, Worker's Compensation employment law, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, motorcycle accidents, product liability, defective medications, premises liability, and wrongful death.