Hundreds of thousands of people are injured in car accidents each year resulting from the negligence of others. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every 10 seconds someone in the U.S. is involved in a car accident. Every year, over thousands of vehicle accidents happen in Illinois, resulting in over a 1,000 deaths and injuries.
These injuries can have dramatic effects on a victim’s life. We strive to deliver the largest settlements and verdicts possible for our clients who have suffered an injury from a car accident. Many claims must be made within a short period of time, otherwise the injured person will be forever prevented from seeking compensation.
Chicago Car Accident Injury Cases
Drunk Driving—Every half-hour, someone dies in an alcohol-related car crash. In a lawsuit arising from a drunk driving accident, both the intoxicated driver and the bar or social host who allowed the driver to drink to excess may be responsible for injuries and damages. Because we are aware of the many laws governing legal responsibility, we can help you identify who might be held responsible for your injuries, including people or businesses you might not have considered.
A driver also may not be at fault if a mechanic fails to repair a car and an accident results. In such a case, the mechanic and the garage may be liable for the injuries due to negligence.
Chicago Motor Accident Injury Cases
Other Injuries—Sometimes accidents are caused by automotive defects rather than by another driver. In such a case, an automobile manufacturer or supplier may be liable under products liability law. A products liability case is a lawsuit brought against the seller or maker of a defective product that hurt a consumer or user. Badly maintained roads or malfunctioning traffic signals can also cause accidents. In cases such as these, government entities may be liable for injuries. These defendants are shielded by additional laws, so sound legal advice is crucial in these cases.
If you have been in an automobile accident, you need a personal injury attorney with experience, dedication, and resources to help you fight for your rights. Generally speaking, drivers must use “reasonable care under the circumstances.” The failure to use reasonable care is considered negligence under the law. A negligent driver who causes an accident may have to pay compensation to victims of the accident who were injured through the driver’s negligence. The injured party (plaintiff) must show that the other driver (defendant) was negligent, that the negligence caused the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
To make your case, we look specifically look at whether the defendant:
- Drove under the influence
- Disobeyed traffic rules
- Failed to signal
- Drove above or below the speed limit
- Disregarded driving conditions
- Drove on the wrong side of the road
- Drove recklessly
- Behaved in other negligent ways
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident in Chicago, Illinois or anywhere in the Chicagoland area, contact Barry R. Rabovsky today for a free consultation. Let a respected Illinois injury attorney with experience, dedication, and resources fight for your rights.