Category Archives: Personal Injury

Illinois injury lawyerIf you are involved in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should not be liable. You have the right to collect compensation for your property damage, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

In the event you were not wearing your seatbelt at the time of the crash, you may be wondering whether you can still recover fair and full compensation. Let’s take a closer look at Illinois seatbelt laws and how they can affect your car accident case.

Illinois Seatbelt Laws

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Illinois injury lawyerIf you have been injured in a car accident and would like to seek compensation for your damages, the other party’s insurance company will likely ask you whether you suffer from any pre-existing conditions. Even though you cannot receive compensation for a condition that existed prior to the accident, you may be able to collect it if you can prove the accident made your condition worse.

What Is a Pre-Existing Condition?

Pre-existing conditions can be physical or mental. Some examples of the most common pre-existing conditions are high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia, herniated discs, back injuries, and depression. Often times, the trauma of car accidents aggravates these conditions.

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Illinois injury lawyerContrary to popular belief, it is necessary to file a police report after a minor car accident. In the event that you decide to seek compensation for your damages, a police report can help your case and increase your chances of collecting fair and full compensation. A police report can also protect your rights if you are deemed the at-fault driver. Let us dive deeper into what a police report is and why filing one after any type of car accident is important.

What Is a Police Report?

A police report is unbiased and provides an objective view of the various factors of a car accident. You can expect a police report to contain information such as the location and time the accident occurred, the damages and injuries that it caused, statements that identify witness information, statements of drivers that show their perspective of the accident, weather conditions and other environmental information from the time of the crash.

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Illinois accident attorneySpeeding is dangerous and one of the most common causes of car accidents. The speed at impact is what determines the severity of car accidents and the injuries and property damages that come with them. Let’s dive deeper into the role of speed in car accident damages.

How Speed Affects Car Accidents

The purpose of speed limits is to ensure that the roads are safe for both drivers and pedestrians. If you would like to do your part in keeping the roads safe, the easiest way to do so is by following the speed limits while you are behind the wheel.

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Illinois injury attorneyIn most cases, the at-fault driver is liable for damages after an accident. However, sometimes, the victim of an accident can hold the owner of the vehicle liable for their damages even if they were not driving when the accident occurred. Here are three examples of situations where you can be liable for damages if someone else was driving your vehicle.

1. The Driver Is Considered Your Agent

If you ask your friend to use your vehicle to buy your groceries, pick up your dry cleaning, or do something for you and they get into an accident that injures others, you may be held liable. The agency theory in Illinois states that in order for you to be held liable, it must be proven that you own the vehicle and allowed someone else to drive it and the person driving it was doing something you ordered them to do at the time of the accident.

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