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IL injury lawyerRear-end crashes may be caused by countless reasons. In the vast majority of cases, the car behind the car that was rear-ended is at fault for the accident. When a vehicle is struck from behind, the vehicle occupants may be seriously injured – even if the rear vehicle was traveling at a relatively low speed. Neck injuries, head injuries, facial lacerations, broken bones, and many other injuries may result from a rear-end collision. If you were hurt in a rear-end accident, you may have a right to financial compensation.

Injuries Common Rear-End Accidents

Rear-end accidents can lead to injuries including:

  • Neck injuries such as whiplash
  • Damage to the spine including cervical spine injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Facial lacerations
  • Injuries to the chest
  • Broken bones

These injuries may be excruciatingly painful. They may also prevent the injured person from being able to work, complete household chores, or carry out everyday tasks. The injured person may be left with steep medical bills and other costs. If you were hurt in a rear-end accident, a personal injury claim may allow you to recover compensation for the financial costs incurred by your car accident injuries.

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IL injury lawyerBeing involved in a serious car accident can be a very traumatic experience to go through. Emotional and psychological injuries caused by a car accident can be just as severe as physical injuries. Car accident victims may suffer from flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, depression, and a number of other psychological problems. These problems can heavily interfere with a car accident victim’s ability to work and complete everyday responsibilities. If you were involved in a serious auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your psychological, emotional, or mental injuries.

Car Accident Trauma Symptoms

Studies show that nearly 40 percent of car accident victims develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Even if a person is not physically injured in an accident, they can be deeply affected by the experience. This is especially true if they witnessed another person be severely injured or killed in the accident or if they came close to death themselves. A car accident can lead to psychological problems such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Mood swings
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depressed mood
  • Compulsive or obsessive behaviors
  • Phobias
  • Hypervigilance
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia

These symptoms can have a profound impact on a person’s life.

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IL accident lawyerWhen discussing the rights of those injured in auto accidents, we are often talking about injured drivers. However, passengers may sustain injuries that are just as severe if not more severe than drivers in a major collision. If you or a loved one were a passenger in a car accident, you may have questions about your rights. You may be facing significant medical expenses and other costs because of the accident and are curious about your options for seeking compensation. Personal injury claims involving injured passengers require the same basic elements as a case involving driver injuries but there may be additional considerations to think about.

When Do I Have a Claim?

A successful personal injury claim can enable someone to recover financial compensation for their medical bills, future medical costs, lost wages from missed work, pain and suffering, and other damages. However, to be awarded a personal injury settlement or award, you and your lawyer will need to show that four main components are present:

  • You were owed a duty of care.
  • The at-fault party breached the duty of care.
  • You sustained injuries in the accident.
  • Your injuries led to “damages” or financial losses.

How Can Liability or Fault Influence My Case?

Car accidents are most often caused by driver negligence. Drunk driving, distracted driving, fatigued driving, speeding, and many other forms of negligent driving may have led to your accident. However, liability may also lie with a manufacturer of defective vehicle parts, the government entity that failed to maintain the road, a trucking company, or several other parties. Liability may also be shared by more than one party.

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IL injury lawyerWhen most people think about car accidents, they picture accidents that occur on highways and roads. However, many car accidents occur in parking lots. Motorists in parking lots are often traveling at lower speeds than they would on the road, but serious and even deadly parking lot accidents still occur. If you or a loved one were hurt in a parking lot accident, you may be eligible for compensation through a personal injury claim.

Liability for a Parking Lot Collision

A parking lot accident can leave an injured person with expensive medical bills, vehicle damage, and other costs. Before you can seek compensation for a parking lot accident, you and your attorney will need to establish how the accident occurred and who is at fault. Liability for a parking lot accident claim can fall to a number of parties. Often, another driver is at fault. However, if the parking lot accident was caused or exacerbated by defects with the parking lot itself, the owner of the parking lot may also be liable. It is also possible that the injured person shares fault for the accident. Fortunately, Illinois is modified comparative negligence state. This means that you may still be entitled to compensation for an accident even if you contributed to the accident. As long as you are not more than 51 percent at fault, you may still be able to recover partial damages.

Proving the Elements Needed to Win Your Claim

There are four main elements in a parking lot accident claim. First is that the defendant owed a duty of care. All drivers have a duty to watch out for pedestrians, yield the right-of-way when appropriate, and drive in a safe, responsible manner. The second element is the breach of duty. Next is causation. You and your attorney will need to show that the defendant’s actions caused your injuries. Finally, you will need to show that you sustained damages. Damages may include vehicle damage, medical bills, lost income from missed work, and more. Evidence such as security camera footage, police reports, eyewitness statements, and medical records are often used to establish each of these elements in a personal injury claim.

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IL accident lawyerBeing involved in a car accident is a distressing experience regardless of the circumstances. However, hit and run accidents are often especially traumatic. Illinois law requires motorists to stop and exchange contact and car insurance information whenever they are in an accident causing property damage or personal injury. Unfortunately, some drivers attempt to evade responsibility for an accident by speeding away from the accident scene. If you or a loved one were hurt in a hit and run accident, a personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and pursue the compensation you need to cover accident-related costs.

Can I File a Claim Even if the At-Fault Driver Cannot Be Located?

In the moments after a traumatic car accident, most people are in a state of shock. They may be disoriented or even knocked unconscious by the force of the impact. Taking note of the at-fault driver’s vehicle or license plate number may simply not be possible. Without this information, it can be difficult for law enforcement to catch the driver and for you to recover compensation through the driver’s insurance company. Footage from dash cameras or nearby security cameras and other types of evidence may help to locate a hit and run driver, but there are many cases in which hit and run drivers are never brought to justice. Fortunately, you may still be able to recover compensation after a hit and run accident even if the driver cannot be located.

Bringing a Claim Against Your Own Insurance Company

The at-fault driver’s car insurance company is typically on the hook for costs resulting from a car accident. In a hit and run accident, obtaining compensation from the at-fault party’s insurer may not be possible. However, you may be able to recover financial compensation through your own insurance company. If you have liability insurance in Illinois, you also have uninsured motorist coverage. Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is intended to cover costs caused by someone without insurance or someone who has too little insurance. Unfortunately, insurance companies often offer settlements that do not fully compensate injured victims for their damages. A personal injury attorney can help you negotiate with the insurance company and seek compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost income, property damage, and more.

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