Car accidents are a common sight to see when traveling on Illinois roadways. According to the 2018 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics report from the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 319,146 crashes involving motor vehicles statewide that year, resulting in 94,164 injuries. Being involved in an auto accident can be frightening and overwhelming. If you or a loved one was hurt in a car accident caused by another person's negligence, you may be eligible to seek fair compensation for your injuries.
At Larson Law Group LLC, I am dedicated to offering experienced legal guidance and aggressive representation to car accident victims and their families. I can review and investigate the details of your situation and explore your available legal options to pursue damages. As a knowledgeable Illinois personal injury attorney, I will fight to protect your rights and help you pursue fair compensation to cover for your injuries, damage, or loss.
My firm — Larson Law Group LLC — proudly serves clients in La Grange, Illinois, and the surrounding cities of Chicago, Brookfield, Western Springs, Lyons, and McCook.
Illinois is an “at-fault” state. Under Illinois law, the driver determined to be responsible for the car accident (the at-fault party) will be held financially liable for injuries, vehicle damage, and other losses sustained by the victims in the accident. If you're injured in an Illinois auto accident, you can proceed by:
Filing a claim with your own insurance company
Filing a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance provider
Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver in court
Motor vehicle drivers in Illinois are required to carry liability insurance with a minimum coverage of:
$25,000 for bodily injury or death per person in a single accident
$50,000 for bodily injury or death to two or more persons in a single accident
$20,000 for property damage in a single accident
Here are some Illinois state laws addressing liability in personal injury claims:
According to the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure (735 ILCS 5/13-202), actions for damages for an injury to a person must be commenced within two years of the date of the accident.
Illinois follows a "modified comparative negligence" system, with a 51% bar. According to this rule, an injured person will be barred from recovering damages if they are found to have been mostly (51% or more) at fault for the accident.
Overall, your total compensation will be reduced by your degree of fault. For example, if the court awards $40,000 in total damages against the at-fault party, but you were found to have been 20% responsible for the accident, your compensation will be reduced by 20% ($8,000), and you will only receive 80% of the $40,000 ($32,000).
Wrongful death is defined as a preventable death that was caused by someone else's negligence, carelessness, or wrongful actions. The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to hold the responsible party accountable for avoidable death and compensate the decedent's surviving loved ones. In Illinois, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is two years from the date of death.
Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, the surviving spouse and children of the deceased person are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages. In an event that there are no surviving spouses or children, other relatives, including the decedent's siblings or parents, may file the lawsuit.
Getting injured in a traffic collision can be catastrophic and cause devastating, long-term effects on your physical, emotional, and financial health. Thankfully, you don't need to face these challenges all alone. If you were hurt in a car accident, it is important that you retain an experienced personal injury attorney to have someone protect your rights and help you pursue fair compensation.
At Larson Law Group LLC, I have the resources and skills to help you hold those responsible for your injuries and damages accountable. As your attorney, I can:
Evaluate the facts surrounding your situation
Conduct a thorough, private investigation
Gather all relevant information, including evidence and documentation
Work to prove fault and establish liability
Determine the full magnitude of your injuries and losses and estimate case-value
Handle all communications and help negotiate a fair settlement with insurers
File a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, if necessary
I will fight diligently to protect your rights and your best interests. Having me on your side can enhance your chances of achieving the best available outcome in your personal injury case.
If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, you can take action. Contact my firm — Larson Law Group LLC — to schedule a free consultation. I am ready to protect your rights and help you seek financial compensation for your losses. I proudly serve clients in La Grange, Chicago, Brookfield, Western Springs, Lyons, and McCook, Illinois — so call today for help!