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What Is Involved in a Rear-End Accident Personal Injury Case?

Posted on in Car Accidents

IL accident lawyerBeing the victim of a rear-end collision can be a shocking experience to go through. Most victims are not aware of the imminent danger they are facing until seconds before the crash. Many suffer neck injuries such as whiplash, head injuries, facial lacerations, and other painful and debilitating injuries. If you or a loved one were hurt in a rear-end accident, you should know that you may have a right to seek compensation for your injuries. You could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost earnings, physical pain, disfiguration, and more.

What You Must Prove to Get Compensation for Rear-End Collision Injuries

The purpose of auto insurance is to compensate car accident victims for their damages. However, the compensation available through the at-fault driver’s insurer may be insufficient. In cases such as these, the injured party may choose to file a personal injury claim.

The four basic components that you must prove to get compensation through a personal injury claim include:

  • Duty – The driver had a duty to exercise reasonable caution. All drivers are legally obligated to drive with reasonable prudence and attention.
  • Breach – A driver may breach this duty by texting and driving, driving too fast for the weather conditions, or simply not paying close enough attention to his or her surroundings.
  • Injuries – The driver’s breach of duty caused your injuries.
  • Damages – You suffered damages such as medical bills because of your injuries.

How You Can Prove the Necessary Elements

A personal injury lawyer experienced in rear-end accident cases can help you build a claim for damages. Your lawyer may utilize evidence such as eyewitness statements, forensic evidence from the crash scene, red-light camera footage, and more. Your lawyer may also use statements from your doctor or other medical professionals to confirm that your injuries were caused by the rear-end accident. Other experts such as vocational rehabilitation specialists can confirm the extent that the accident impacted your ability to work. If you had to miss work due to your injuries, you could be compensated for the income you lost. If the accident led to permanent disabilities that left you unable to work or forced you to change jobs, you may also be compensated for your reduced earning potential.

Contact a Waukegan Rear-End Collision Lawyer

Many people assume that getting the compensation they deserve after a rear-end crash will be a straightforward process. Unfortunately, insurance companies often try to get victims to settle for much less than what they need to cover their damages. If you or a loved one were injured in a rear-end accident, contact a Lake County car accident injury attorney from Salvi Maher, LLC. Call 847-662-3303 for a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://courts.illinois.gov/CircuitCourt/CivilJuryInstructions/IL_IPI_Civil.pdf

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