Illinois had 0.96 traffic deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2018, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS’s data shows that Illinois’ urban accidents were almost double what the number of rural accidents were in that same year. If your loved one died in a motor vehicle accident, then you should consider bringing legal action in pursuit of various awards.
Call our team at The Kryder Law Group, LLC today to learn more about the options you may have to pursue compensation. This consultation is completely free and can help you figure out if an Elgin fatal car accident lawyer can help you with your case.
We Will Determine How Your Loved One’s Accident Occurred
If your loved one was the victim of a fatal motor vehicle collision in Elgin or a nearby location, you and any other family members impacted by their death may have a case for compensation. This will depend on several factors, one of which is whether the driver who caused the accident acted in a negligent manner. We will prove the liable party is at-fault.
Negligence on Elgin’s Roadways Can Kill
Roadways across the nation vary in terms of danger—largely due to differences in traffic, speed limits, weather conditions, and other varying factors. One fact that does not change from roadway to roadway is that negligence on the road can kill.
Some forms of motorist negligence are:
- Failing to adjust driving practices in dangerous weather (in wet, snowy, icy, or dark driving conditions, a driver must reduce their speed, increase the distance between the car in front of them, and take additional precautions)
- Driving over the posted speed limit
- Tailgating—which is dangerous regardless of the road conditions
- Failing to obey road signs, traffic lights, and other laws of the road
- Turning into oncoming traffic in a way that causes other cars to brake or swerve to avoid a collision
- Driving while drunk or under the influence of one or more drugs
- Driving under the influence of prescribed medication (if it causes drowsiness or other effects that are not conducive to driving)
- Changing lanes abruptly
Distraction is difficult to avoid for most—especially in a time when cell phones remain glued to many drivers’ hands—but avoiding such distraction is a legal requirement for all drivers. Some forms of distracted driving are:
- Using a cell phone to text, make a call, monitor social media, engage with apps, etc.
- Adjusting the vehicle’s entertainment system
- Taking eyes from the road to engage with others inside or outside of the car
- Eating while driving
- Drinking a beverage while driving
In most states, distracted driving can be any action that requires you to take one or more hands from the wheel, eyes from the road, or even your mind off of driving. If the person who caused your loved one’s accident did any of these things, they may be found negligent.
Call our attorneys at The Kryder Law Group, LLC today for a free consultation where we will answer your questions and (should you choose) begin your fatal car accident case today.
A Fatal Collision Attorney Can Help You in Many Ways
Losing a loved one is extremely difficult, and you should take this time to focus on healing and spending time with family. Our team will handle the legal process of pursuing compensation while you focus on what is most important.
You can expect that a lawyer will:
- Take all of the necessary steps to fully understand the circumstances of your loved one’s accident
- Conduct a private investigation into the accident, which may uncover facts that make clear that the defendant in your wrongful death case acted in a negligent manner
- Collect all previously available evidence relevant to the accident; such as police reports, video of the accident, crash scene photographs, witness testimony, and any other available documentation
- File your case in court as soon as possible
- Ensure that the defendant is alerted to the lawsuit
- Speak with counsel for the defendant about any settlements that they would offer
- Advise you through settlement negotiations
- If necessary, argue your case to a jury at trial
- Defend your rights, as well as your loved one’s legacy
Our lawyers’ goal will be to recover compensation for the losses your family sustained because of your loved one’s fatal car crash.
Possible Compensation in a Fatal Accident Claim
If your case results in a settlement or favorable judgement, you may be able to collect financial coverage for:
- Future income that your loved one was likely to have earned
- Medical expenses the deceased incurred because of the car accident
- Pain and suffering
- The loss of comfort and companionship
- The loss of parental guidance and consortium
- Funeral costs
We can speak with you about what other forms of compensation you may be eligible to pursue.
Consider an Elgin Fatal Car Accident Attorney at The Kryder Law Group, LLC Today
Our Elgin fatal car accident lawyers will serve as your legal advocates and do all that we can to secure a judgement or settlement that reflects your significant loss. Call our team today for a free consultation.
The statute of limitations for bringing a wrongful death claim in Illinois is generally two years from the date that the death occurred under 740 ILCS 180/1. There are exceptions to this statute, so call us today regardless of how much time has passed since your loved one died. Still, it is important to call us as soon as possible. The sooner you call, the quicker your case can get under way. The Kryder Law Group, LLC team is waiting to take your call.