Nearly half of all traffic injuries or deaths involve the most vulnerable road users. This means bikers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and any individual that isn’t shielded behind a several-thousand-pound metal frame. Unfortunately, it’s often the most vulnerable who are commonly victimized by these incidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least 6,205 American pedestrians died in traffic accidents over 2019, which rounds out to about one fatality every 85 minutes. If you or a loved one was victimized in such an accident, then it’s imperative that you not hesitate in holding the negligent party accountable.
Although there’s a two-year statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit in the State of Illinois, you shouldn’t wait to build, strengthen, and bolden your case with the help of a sharp, focused traffic accident injury lawyer in Chicago.
If you were struck on a roadway by another negligent party, then you can usually start building your case against them in the relatively immediate wake of the incident. Unless you’re totally unconscious or incapacitated after the collision (at which point the negligent party has the legal duty to call 911), there are steps you can (and should) take to get yourself to safety and substantiate the other person’s negligence:
Of course, safety is the first and most prudent priority. Above all else, you should prioritize the wellbeing of you, your loved ones, or any other person(s) entangled in the incident.
Certain forms of evidence (such as security camera footage, witness testimony, police accident reports) can be retroactively obtained with the help of a traffic accident injury attorney in Chicago, so don’t worry about obtaining it in the moment if it would risk you or anyone else’s lives.
Most personal injury attorneys charge on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you’ll have to pay out a portion of your compensation if you win the case. The average contingency fee in traffic accidents is around one-third of the award, so more often than not, you’ll be walking away with the majority of your losses recouped.
However, it’s important to remember that Illinois is a state that follows modified comparative negligence laws. This means that if you’re determined to be 50% or more at fault, then you won’t be eligible to receive any compensation for damages claimed.
That’s why it’s all the more important to work with a seasoned, focused traffic accident attorney who knows how to shoot down bad-faith arguments and fight for the satisfactory compensation you deserve.
We know how hard it is to pick up the pieces in the wake of an accident. We know how much of an uphill battle it can be to attain the accountability you deserve. We know how much pain you may be in. We know that no amount of monetary compensation may be able to fully undo the damage that was done.
But if you’re struggling to pick up the pieces, we’ll help you pick them up in any way we can. So if you’re looking for a traffic accident lawyer in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place. Reach out to Saks, Robinson, & Rittenberg Ltd. today.