The Legal Help You Need After A Serious Car, Truck Or Motorcycle Accident
When another driver is careless or reckless and causes a serious accident, you need to know your rights and when and how to pursue compensation. Medical bills can be much higher than expected, and time lost from your job can mean lost income. The personal injury team at Shifrin Law Group is here to offer client-centric, results-driven guidance and representation. As trial attorneys, we are prepared to take on big insurance and your injury case.
Car Crashes Can Happen To Anyone
Victims of auto accidents, motorcycle accidents and accidents involving a truck are the most common types of personal injury claims. Car accident claims are based on the negligence of the at-fault driver. If the driver involved in the accident was negligent, they can be liable for the costs associated with your personal injury and property damages.
Personal injury damages include:
- Your medical bills
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Lost wages
- Future economic damages
- Pain and suffering
Property damages include vehicle repair costs, value of your car if it’s a total loss, diminished value of your car and the value of personal items lost in the crash such as eyeglasses or computers.
Motorcycle accidents are increasingly common in our country and often result in severe injuries and/or death. Other drivers often do not expect to see a motorcycle, so they “look but do not see them.” A person on a motorcycle is much more vulnerable due to less physical protection than that of an enclosed passenger car. This makes motorcycle riders in accidents more prone to serious injuries and/or death. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury after being involved in a motorcycle crash, it is imperative for your legal representation to be experienced and knowledgeable in this specific area of law.
I’ve Been In An Accident. Now What?
- Call 911: No matter how minor an accident is, you should always call the police and obtain a police report. If you or your passenger are able to, make sure to take photos of the scene and any damage to your vehicle. These can be useful later in discovery.
- After help arrives: When the police arrive, make sure to tell them exactly what happened. If a police report is being made, ask the officer where you can get a copy of the report. Make sure to communicate to emergency responders regarding any injuries you think you might have. It is never a bad idea to play it safe and get checked out medically. If paramedics offer to bring you to the hospital, go with them to ensure you get the proper medical care you need and deserve. If you do not require immediate medical assistance, it’s still a good idea to make an appointment with your primary care physician as soon as possible to ensure there are no other significant medical issues.
- Call a personal injury attorney: It is crucial that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. In the State of Illinois you have a limited time frame (statute of limitations) to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver. Our team is ready to help from the moment you contact us.
- Get answers to your car accident questions.
Illinois Car Accident Statistics
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 312,988 motor vehicle accidents in Illinois during 2019, including 938 fatal crashes. Approximately 20.4% (63,834) of these motor vehicle accidents resulted in injuries. A whopping total of 89,133 persons were injured in a motor vehicle accident in 2019. Approximately 27.1% of the 938 fatal crashes in Illinois involved alcohol.
Economically, the high amount of motor vehicle accidents are devastating. The 2019 accidents in Illinois amounted to $5.9 billion worth of damages, including loss of life, injuries and property damages.
Nearly 160 more people died on Illinois roads last year than in 2019, making 2020 one of the deadliest years for Illinois drivers in 13 years. Officials believe this surge may have been fed by drivers speeding on roads left open by motorists who stayed home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. About 1,166 people died in motor vehicle crashes in Illinois in 2020, a nearly 16% increase over 2019, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Illinois traffic fatalities haven’t been that high since 2007.
Chicago Area Car Accident Statistics
In Cook County alone, there were a total of 159,471 motor vehicle accidents in 2019, including 30,337 involving injuries and 285 fatalities. In Cook County, there were a total of 370 fatalities in 2020. There have been a total of 150 fatalities in 2021 as of June 14, 2021, thus far. This number is likely to increase significantly in the coming months.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, our personal injury legal team can help you get the compensation you deserve. As attorneys who frequently handle personal injury cases, we are committed to aggressively pursuing the compensation you deserve.
Get A Free Auto Crash Consultation With Our Team
If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident, you should file a police report and contact an attorney as soon as possible so a claim or lawsuit can be filed. The claim is the first step toward being compensated for medical expenses, lost wages or other damages resulting from the accident. We are a team of experienced attorneys with the requisite knowledge to help you receive compensation. Call for a free consultation: 312-766-4223 or send us an inquiry email. Our founding attorney speaks fluent Russian, making us capable of serving you in either the English or Russian language.