When you are injured or lose a loved one as the result of a car accident, the financial, physical, and psychological cost is often great. If you or a loved one has sustained injury from a motor vehicle collision, a personal injury attorney could help you recover financial damages.
Our team of Berwyn car accident lawyers at The Kryder Law Group has experience guiding our clients through the legal process of pursuing damages for injuries after an auto collision. Give us a call today for a free consultation.
Establishing Fault for a Car Crash in Berwyn
Upon meeting with you, one of our attorneys will examine the details of your case to determine how the liable party is at fault for your car accident injuries or loss. This will establish the basis for you to recover financial damages.
Illinois is not a no-fault state, and as such, you cannot assume that your expenses will be covered by your or the liable party’s insurer. This means you cannot assume that your insurance policy will cover your medical bills and lost wages.
To recover damages for your auto collision injuries, losses, and other expenses, we must establish that the other driver in your case was responsible for the accident that caused your damages. In cases where a tow truck or commercial vehicle caused your injuries or loved one’s death, the driver’s parent company may also be liable for damages.
One of our Berwyn car accident attorneys can help you present a strong case that supports your claim. It is critical to leave no stone unturned when establishing the fault of another motorist for the accident that deprived you of your health and happiness.
The Laws Are Clear, and We Know Them
Though each personal injury case is unique, Illinois law can be black and white when it comes to establishing who is at fault in a car accident. For example, if your car was rear-ended, it is a near certainty that the driver who caused the initial impact will be at fault for your injuries and liable to pay you damages.
Our Berwyn lawyers know these laws well and can advise you on how they may play a role in your car crash case. One critical law that we make clients aware of are the time limits for reporting your accident and bringing legal action. Illinois statute 625 ILCS 5/11-408 requires motorists involved in a collision to file an accident report with the Department of Transportation within 10 days of the incident. A simple lack of awareness of this statute and others could result in an inability to obtain the financial damages that you deserve and even depend on.
Our attorneys are also keenly aware of Illinois’s many statutes of limitation. These laws put a time cap on your ability to bring a personal injury or wrongful death suit. In personal injury cases, which include vehicle collisions, the window to bring a suit is generally two years from the date of the accident. Wrongful death claims involving car accidents are also generally subject to a two-year window, but there are exceptions to both of these rules that may shorten or lengthen the time you have to bring a motor vehicle collision case.
Let us assist you with these matters as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss your window to recover potential damages.
Comparative Negligence Could Complicate Matters, Especially if You Forego Legal Counsel
Illinois’s comparative negligence law shows us how tricky and complex a Berwyn car wreck case can be. This law states that multiple parties can be at fault for a single car accident, but you can still be eligible to collect damages even if you are up to 50 percent at fault.
Knowing how to prove that you are at fault for as small a percentage of the auto accident as possible is key to maximizing the damages you can collect. We have established tactics for proving that you were not to blame, and one of our Berwyn motor vehicle accident lawyers will work to ensure that the comparative negligence statute does not cause undue harm to your pursuit of the damages to which you are entitled.
We Will Go the Extra Mile
One of our attorneys will meet you in your hospital room if necessary and handle the remainder of the journey to a legal judgment or settlement. We will:
- Review and document any evidence relevant to your case, including police reports, photo and video evidence, and eyewitness accounts
- Examine the scene of the accident to ensure that nothing important to your case is missed
- Speak with your doctors and mental health professionals to understand and quantify the extent of your injuries
- File a claim with the liable party’s insurer
- Initiate legal action towards obtaining any damages you are owed
Potential Damages in Vehicle Collision Claims
All cases vary, but if you have suffered serious injury or the death of a loved one from a collision with another motorist, you may be entitled to damages covering:
- Your medical expenses, past, present, and future
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Damage to your vehicle
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Pain and suffering
- In the case of wrongful death, the loss of companionship, guidance, and financial security referred to collectively as the loss of consortium
Call a Berwyn Car Accident Attorney Today to Get Started
If you or a loved one were injured in a motor vehicle collision, we can help. We will guide you through your legal journey with honest, empathetic representation. Call our team at The Kryder Law Group today for a free consultation with a Berwyn car accident lawyer. We do not get paid unless and until you do.