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When the At-Fault Driver Is Someone You Know

Posted on in Personal Injury Lawsuits

Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,No matter how minor or serious injuries received are, a car accident is still an emotional experience. When the driver of the car is a family member or friend, it can make the whole ordeal more difficult than if the negligent driver was a stranger.

Understanding Your Priorities

Your first priority after a car accident, no matter who was at fault, is to make sure you get the medical care you need. Even if your injuries do not require immediate medical attention, you should still see a medical professional as soon as possible. It is not uncommon to have injuries where symptoms do not appear until a day or two after the accident.

If the driver who caused the accident is someone you know, you need to refrain from discussing the accident with him or her. You do not have to stop talking to them altogether, but it is not in your best interest to say anything about the car accident. This includes giving them detailed information about how you are recovering.

Protecting Your Rights

If you have been injured, making a personal injury claim may be the only way for you to make sure you are fully compensated for those injuries. One of the reasons people have car insurance is to ensure that when they accidentally hurt someone, that person can be compensated without it ruining the driver financially.

You will need to discuss your case with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. When you make an insurance claim against a loved one’s insurance policy you are not taking money out of your loved one’s pocket. The insurance company has a duty to your loved one to pay your damages.

Many claims are settled out of court. However, even if you need to file a lawsuit, you need to remember that you are not attacking your friend or family member. You are protecting your rights and doing what you need to do to make sure their insurance company pays you fair compensation for your injuries.

It is important that you protect your rights. You may only have a short window of time to make a claim before you lose your rights to compensation forever.

If you have been injured in a car accident, you need to speak with an experienced Lake County personal injury lawyer. Call the law firm of Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. at 847-662-3303 today to schedule a consultation. You need to understand your options.



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