A car accident can leave you with severe injuries and no way to pay for medical treatment. Work with a Chicago car accident lawyer at The Kryder Law Group, LLC, to protect your interests and fight for compensation.
In This Article
- How our Chicago car accident attorneys can help
- The Kryder Law Group, LLC, has many satisfied clients
- Compensation you can recover after a Chicago car crash
- Types of car accident cases our lawyers handle
- Determining liability for your car accident
- What to do after a car accident
- Act quickly or risk recovering nothing for your injuries
- Are Chicago car accidents avoidable?
- See how a Chicago car accident attorney can help with your case
How our Chicago car accident attorneys can help
All your focus should be on recovering from your accident injuries. Focusing on your recovery can be difficult if you attempt to file an injury case without help. When you enlist our services, our car accident attorneys will manage every aspect of your case. Some of the benefits of hiring a lawyer from our firm include:
We gather evidence of the other party’s negligence
Our team will investigate the accident and gather evidence to establish the other party’s liability. The evidence we collect might include:
- The police report
- Traffic camera footage
- Eyewitness testimony
- Expert witness testimony
- Photos of the accident scene
- Medical records
- Black box data
Our team communicates with insurance and other parties
After a car accident, the other party’s insurance company will contact you to discuss the accident. It is imperative that you watch what you say during this call. The insurance adjuster may ask leading questions to try to get you to admit fault.
Only discuss the basics of the accident and then direct the adjuster to your car accident lawyer.
We negotiate a settlement for your personal injuries
Many car accident victims leave money on the table because they don’t negotiate for a better settlement than what the insurer offered. Our team will negotiate to reach fair settlement to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Our lawyers work on a contingency fee
Our Chicago car accident lawyers handle cases with no upfront fees. We advance the costs of the case and only recover compensation if you do. If you do not recover compensation, you do not pay attorney fees.
The Kryder Law Group, LLC, has many satisfied clients
We have fought for injured Chicagoans since attorney Andrew Kryder founded the firm. Some of our case results include:
- $2.2 million for a salesman who suffered injuries in a car crash
- $2 million for a man struck by a car
- $1.3 million for a truck driver rear-ended while transporting concrete
See what some of our clients have had to say in their testimonials:
“Attorneys at the Kryder Law Group are so helpful! They took care of everything when I had a horrible car accident. I could have never gotten the kind of compensation I got without them!” – Amanda L., Chicago
“I was injured in a motor vehicle collision. I contacted attorney Andrew Kryder to handle my case. I was extremely happy with the outcome. Attorney Kryder and his firm were excellent. I was always kept informed and updated. Without hesitation I would recommend this firm to anyone in need of legal assistance.” – Odie M., Chicago
Compensation you can recover after a Chicago car crash
You could recover compensation for:
- Medical bills, including emergency transport, emergency medical care, hospitalization, surgical care, physical therapy, counseling, prescription medications, assistive devices, and future medical care.
- Lost wages, including wages lost while recovering from injuries or attending appointments and lost or reduced future earning capacity.
- Out-of-pocket expenses, including travel costs (e.g., money for gas, Uber fares), parking fees at your doctor’s office, and renovating your home or vehicle to accommodate a disability.
- Pain and suffering for physical and emotional harm.
- Property damage, including the cost to repair or replace a vehicle.
If you lost a loved one, our car accident attorneys can file a wrongful death claim to help you recover funeral expenses and other losses.
Types of car accident cases our lawyers handle
We handle all kinds of car accidents, including:
- Fatal car accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Highway accidents
- Hit and run accidents
- Night driving accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Rental car accidents
- Side-impact accidents
- Taxi accidents
- Teen driver accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Uninsured motorist accidents
Injuries we commonly see in Chicago auto accidents
Our team can help you with any injury you suffer. However, some of the most common we see include:
- Knee injuries
- Head injuries
- Abdomen injuries
- Foot injuries
- Contusions and lacerations
We also help families whose loved ones suffered catastrophic injuries.
Determining liability for your car accident
Who is liable for your accident depends on how the accident occurred and who caused it. Some common causes of car accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Failure to yield
- Loose objects in the roadway
- Manufacturer defects
- Reckless driving
- Road rage
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Texting and driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Vehicle defects
Some accidents, like a truck vs. car accident, might have several responsible parties. If the truck driver caused the accident, for example, the truck driver will be liable. However, the trucking company might also share liability. A truck or auto parts manufacturer or a mechanic could also share liability.
Our car accident lawyers will identify the liable parties, which might include:
- The other driver
- The other driver’s employer
- A cargo loader
- A vehicle or parts manufacturer
- A government entity
Car crashes in Chicago
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in Chicago in 2019:
- There were over 17,000 injury crashes
- More than 24,000 people were injured
- 140 people lost their lives in fatal crashes
Chicago’s dangerous intersections
According to Chicago Journal, the five most dangerous intersections in Chicago are:
- E 79th St. & S. Stony Island Ave.
- E 95th St. & S. Stony Island Ave.
- W. Garfield Blvd. & S. Wentworth Ave.
- W. Garfield Blvd. & S. Wells St.
- N. Michigan Ave. & E. Wacker Dr.
There were over 750 accidents at these five intersections alone from 2018 and 2020.
What to do after a car accident
Take these steps if you were in a car wreck:
Contact emergency services and never leave the scene until you have spoken to the appropriate authorities. The police may create an accident report that contains valuable information about who is at fault for the crash.
Get medical care
Seeing a doctor after your accident should be your priority. If you didn’t need emergency care or leave the scene in an ambulance, set up a doctor appointment for a medical evaluation.
Avoid social media
Avoid discussing the accident or your injuries on social media. Other parties may use social media posts to discredit your case.
Document your injuries
Take pictures of all injuries as soon as possible. Record how your injuries heal over time and what symptoms or complications you experience. This can help a doctor determine how the injuries might affect you in the long term.
Gather all photographs and records
Keep pictures of injuries or the accident scene in a safe place. Save medical records and medical bills in a folder along with any notes about time away from work while recovering.
Act quickly or risk recovering nothing for your injuries
Each state has a different statute of limitations for personal injury cases. In Illinois, you have two years from the date of your car accident to seek compensation (735 ILCS 5/13-202).
Don’t let the opportunity for compensation pass. If you wait too long, you may be unavailable to pursue a lawsuit, which could leave you paying out of pocket for injuries and accident-related losses.
Are Chicago car accidents avoidable?
According to recent statistics, over 6 million automobile collisions occur each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that nearly 3 million people involved in automobile accidents suffer some form of injury.
Like other metro areas, Chicago can be a dangerous place to drive. Heavy traffic, construction, and city busses can contribute to traffic accidents, and distracted driving makes a car accident even more likely.
These defensive driving tips can help you stay safe and avoid a car accident in Chicago:
Be aware of construction
Frequent construction creates a variety of road hazards, including shifting regular traffic patterns and creating disruptions. Do your best to keep up with the construction near your home and work and make plans to avoid it. Road construction projects take some time to complete, so once you know where construction is, you won’t be surprised by seeing it again.
Don’t block right turn lanes
Drivers who fail to anticipate a problem in the right turn lane might hit disabled vehicles. If possible, move your disabled vehicle off the road and onto the shoulder or into a nearby parking lot.
Lower your expectations of other drivers
Be cautious of distracted drivers, especially those who text or eat while driving. Don’t engage angry drivers who exhibit signs of road rage. It’s better to let angry drivers pass by than to engage in aggressive and dangerous driving.
Despite your best efforts, you may still suffer injuries in a car crash. A car accident lawyer in Chicago from our firm can investigate the cause of your accident, identify the liable party, and help you recover damages.
See how a Chicago car accident attorney can help with your case
The Kryder Law Group, LLC, in Chicago has succeeded in resolving many car accident cases that other law firms found challenging. Our car accident lawyers are here to fight for your rights. We will go above and beyond to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your personal injuries.
Call our team today for a free consultation: (312) 223-1700. Remember, there is no financial risk when you enlist our lawyers’ help.