Alcohol can impair the ability of a driver to safely operate his car. According to the Illinois 2020 DUI Fact Book, there were 291 alcohol-related fatal car accidents and 26,386 people were arrested for DUI (driving under the influence). If you or a member of your family was injured in a car accident because the at-fault driver was intoxicated, you are entitled to financial compensation.
A Chicago drunk driving accident lawyer can show you how to recover the cost of your injuries, your short-term and long-term required medical treatments, and other expenses that stem from your injuries. Your lawyer can also help you recoup the cost of repairing or replacing your car.
You do not have to seek the financial recovery you deserve on your own. Contact a member of the personal injury team at The Kryder Law Group, LLC by calling (312) 223-1700. Find out how we can help you prove the cause, effect, and cost of the car accident which caused your injuries.
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Assign a Monetary Value to Your Economic and Non-Economic Damages
If you or a loved one was injured in a drunk driving accident in Chicago, you may have incurred both economic and non-economic financial losses. 735 ILCS 5/2-1115.2 allows you to recover the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future loss of income
- Compensation to repair your damaged car
- Compensation to replace your totaled car
- Physical pain and suffering
- Physical disability and disfigurement
Calculating the economic expenses of a car accident usually involves adding receipts and bills to reach a total. That makes it important not to accept a speedy settlement offer. Instead, you should wait for receipts and bills to arrive that demonstrate the full financial impact of the accident.
On your own, it can be more difficult to assign an accurate value to your non-economic expenses. Your lawyer can help you define the value of pain and suffering and mental and emotional distress, for instance.
Your lawyer can also help you use your medical reports and doctor’s notes and recommendations to assess the value of the medical care and the time away from work your injuries might require in the future. The at-fault driver should be financially responsible for paying the full range of these projected expenses.
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There Is a Time Limit on How Long You Have to Pursue a Lawsuit
While you do have the right to financial compensation from the at-fault driver in a drunk driving accident in Chicago, you only have a few years to sue for it. According to 735 ILCS 5/13-202, you generally have two years from the date of the collision to file a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver who caused your accident.
If you do not comply with this Illinois law, you risk not being able to file your lawsuit at all. Failure to comply with the timeline could mean that the at-fault driver will not have to compensate you for the financial damage of the accident they caused. It also means that the full financial impact of the accident falls on you.
You can avoid paying the expenses and losses of an accident another driver caused. Contact our personal injury team. Your Chicago drunk driving accident lawyer will make sure that your claim is filed on time.
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Share a Copy of Your Official Crash Report With Your Lawyer
Anytime that you are involved in a car accident, you should immediately report it to local police. According to 625 ILCS 5/11-406, a crash report is mandatory if anyone in either car was injured, anyone died, or significant damage was readily apparent.
Your official crash report is important because it can support your compensation claim and can provide your lawyer with the following information:
- Accident date, time, and location of the crash
- Road and weather conditions on the day of the crash
- Contact information for the at-fault driver
- Contact information for the at-fault driver’s insurance company
- Witness statements (and those witness’ contact information)
- Investigative notes and diagrams
Your crash report captures details of the accident in which you were involved and can help your lawyer prove the cause of the accident. It can also help your lawyer hold the at-fault party financially responsible.
When you are ready to seek financial compensation with a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit, contact The Kryder Law Group, LLC by calling (312) 223-1700 immediately.
Start Building a Personal Injury Case File
Start building a comprehensive case file by obtaining copies of your medical records and bills. Your case file should also contain copies of your employment records or income to document your income loss. Include copies of your vehicle repair or replacement estimates, as well.
You can also include pictures of your injuries and vehicle damage. Discuss the other documents and evidence your case might require with the lawyer who represents your personal injury claim.
You are entitled to financial recovery from the damage of a drunk driving accident. The documents, pictures, and reports in your case file can help your lawyer prove your claim.
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You Can Recover From a Drunk Driving Accident
If you or a family member was injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver in Chicago, you have the basis for a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit for financial recovery. Find out how a Chicago drunk driving accident lawyer can help you recoup the cost of your injuries and their related expenses. Contact the personal injury team at The Kryder Law Group, LLC by calling (312) 223-1700 today.