If you are injured in a car accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. A car accident can change your life, potentially rendering you unable to work again or saddling you with thousands of dollars in medical bills and other expenses.
Automobile accidents are frequently caused by driver negligence. However, they can also be caused by vehicle malfunction, poor roadway maintenance, and even unavoidable hazards like adverse weather conditions and wildlife in the roadway. When the cause of an accident could have been avoided if reasonable care had been taken to prevent it, the party whose job was to take reasonable care to prevent the accident was negligent and thus, liable for the victim’s damages. A few examples of negligence that can cause car accidents include:
A car accident can cause a victim to suffer minor injuries, like bruises and whiplash, or major injuries, like broken bones and severe burns. No matter how minor your injuries appear to be, always seek medical attention as soon as possible after being involved in a car accident. A prompt diagnosis and appropriate medical treatment can make a difference in your recovery time.
A few examples of injuries that can result from a car accident include:
These injuries can have long-term complications, such as paralysis or traumatic brain injury. In some cases, victims die at the scene of a car accident or in the weeks that follow due to their injuries.
Through a personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for the following damages:
This final category of damages covers all intangible expenses that can follow an injury, such as the need for support services while recovering.
Your personal injury claim must show that your injury, and therefor your damages, were due to another party’s negligence. In Illinois, it is possible to recover damages through a personal injury claim as long as you were less than 50 percent at fault for the accident. If you were at fault, though, the total amount of compensation you can recover is reduced according to your percentage of the fault. For example, if you seek $100,000 in compensation but are found to be 30 percent at fault, you may only recover up to $70,000.
When you are facing steep expenses after a car accident, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and even discouraged. Do not allow these feelings to keep you from exercising your rights. You have the right to seek compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim, even if you were partially at fault for the accident. To learn more about your rights and the personal injury claim process, contact our team of automobile accident attorneys at Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Massino, & Pollack, P.C. today to set up your initial consultation with a member of our team.
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