According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2018, there were 319,146 crashes involving motor vehicles in this state. Injury crashes accounted for 21.1 percent of these crashes (67,453), and fatal crashes (951) accounted for less than one percent. No matter how you look at these statistics, they are simply too high. Some of these crashes could have been prevented if it weren’t for the negligence of various drivers. If your accident was one of them, now is the time to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated Chicago car accident lawyer from our firm.
You are not required to hire a lawyer after an auto accident, but doing so should neither be considered a luxury. When you do hire an attorney, you can get help receiving the maximum compensation possible for your damages and help avoid your own liability in the crash.
Your attorney can speak to the insurance company on your behalf. In fact, you should avoid speaking to the insurance company without first speaking to an attorney. The job of the adjusters and representatives with the insurance company is to pay as little as possible on your claim. One way they can attempt to do this is to get you to say something incriminating or something that they can twist to make it seem like the accident was your fault. They may also try to get you to immediately settle your claim for much less than it is really worth. Once you hire an attorney, they are no longer allowed to speak to you but must go through your legal counsel first.
Pursuing an injury claim is done with the purpose of receiving compensation for your damages stemming from the accident. By hiring a Chicago car accident attorney to represent your claim, you could receive two to three times more compensation than if you did not have legal representation. Your damages can be divided into two categories; general or non-economic and special or economic.
General damages have no assigned economic value and, as such, are subjective. They represent compensation for things such as:
Special damages represent your financial losses due to the car accident. Unlike general damages, they are inherently quantifiable. They can include:
As if your life was not already stressful enough, now you are injured and having to deal with filing an insurance claim. Let our team take this burden off of your shoulders. While we may not be able to fix your pain or make your injuries go away, we can represent your claim to get you the maximum compensation available.
At Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd., our attorneys strive to provide you with the best legal services possible. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with an experienced Chicago car accident attorney.