Chicago Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer
The last thing you should have to worry about when you get into a vehicle is that you may need a motor vehicle accident attorney in Chicago. However, the team at Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP understands that these incidents are not uncommon. We are ready to help if you or a loved one have been harmed due to another driver’s negligence. Our Chicago motor vehicle accident attorneys are ready to investigate every aspect of your case and take on insurance carriers to secure the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP?
In the aftermath of a motor vehicle crash that was caused by another person, turn to the Chicago car accident lawyers at Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP for help with your case.
- We focus on personal injury law and only personal injury law. This level of specialization gives us unique insights into the litigation process that other firms do not have.
- We have more than 100 years of combined legal experience successfully helping clients receive compensation for their injuries.
- We operate on a contingency fee basis — there are no upfront costs, and you pay no legal fees until we secure a favorable settlement or verdict on your behalf. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.
Do You Need An Attorney For These Cases?
Unfortunately, most victims who are injured in a car accident do not have the legal knowledge or resources necessary to obtain maximum compensation for their claims. They are often left going up against aggressive insurance carriers who will do what they can to lower the insurance payout. A skilled Chicago motor vehicle accident attorney will have the resources necessary to:
- Obtain all evidence related to the case, including video and photo surveillance, statements from eyewitnesses, police reports, and more.
- Work with trusted medical professionals to ensure their client is taken care of and that their total losses are properly calculated.
- Handle all communications with every party involved and negotiate to secure a fair settlement on behalf of their client.
Traffic Crash Statistics You Need To Know
When we look at data provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation, we can see that there were nearly 320,000 total traffic accidents across the state during the latest reporting year. Of these incidents, more than 162,000 occurred in Cook County. Chicago and the surrounding areas saw more than 31,000 traffic crash injuries and nearly 250 total crash fatalities during the latest reporting year.
It is important to distinguish between the different types of traffic crashes that occur in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois. Our Chicago motor vehicle accidents attorneys also help clients in the aftermath of the following (all statistics gathered from the DOT’s latest year of available data):
- Commercial truck accidents: 13,071 injuries or fatalities
- Motorcycle accidents: 2,703 injuries or fatalities
- Bus accidents: 4,468 Injuries or fatalities
- Pedestrian accidents: 4,779 injuries or fatalities
- Bicycle accidents: 2,493 injuries or fatalities
At Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP, we handle every type of motor vehicle accident, not just traditional car accidents.
What Are The Common Causes Of Chicago Motor Vehicle Accidents?
There are numerous causes of motor vehicle accidents in and around the Chicago area. At Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP, we regularly help clients who have been injured due to the following behaviors of other drivers:
- Failure to follow traffic laws
- Excessive speeding
- Alcohol-impaired driving
- Distracted driving
However, it is not just other drivers’ behavior that causes car accidents. In many cases, governmental entities (state, county, city) may be responsible the causing a motor vehicle, pedestrian, or bicycle accident. This could include:
- Failure to properly inspect and maintain roadways, bike paths, or crosswalks
- Improperly maintained street signs or traffic lights
- Poorly maintained roadways or obstacles/debris in the roadway
Most Common Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries In Chicago
Injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents range widely in severity. In many cases, traffic accident injuries are relatively minor. However, even minor injuries can result in tremendous medical bills.
Some motor vehicle accidents result in what the Illinois Department of Transportation calls “A-Injuries.” These injuries are considered incapacitating, those that prevent the injured person from walking, driving, or normally continuing the activities they were capable of performing before the injury occurred. This can include:
- Broken limbs
- Severe lacerations
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Skull injuries
- Abdominals injuries
What Is The Time Limit For A Traffic Crash Case?
Each state is responsible for setting time limits on how long victims have to file lawsuits to recover compensation after a car accident caused by another party. These time limits are called the statute of limitations. In Illinois, the statute of limitations for a car accident is two years from the date the incident occurred. If a car accident victim fails to file a claim within this two-year timeframe, they will lose the ability to recover compensation for their losses.
Car accident lawsuits against a city or county government only have a one-year statute of limitations. For lawsuits against the state of Illinois, there is a two-year statute of limitations, but a formal claim must be filed within one year in order to sue.
How Much Compensation Is Available For A Chicago Vehicle Accident?
It is important that victims who have been injured due to another person’s negligence are able to recover compensation for their losses. There is no set amount of compensation awarded in a motor vehicle accident case.
The total amount of compensation a victim receives will depend on various factors related specifically to their claim, including injury severity, whether there is any comparative negligence involved, the amount of pain and suffering, and more. At Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP, our team regularly helps victims recover the following types of compensation:
- Coverage of all accident-related medical bills
- Lost wages and benefits if a victim cannot work
- Recovery of property damage expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages in cases of gross negligence
Contact Us Today
When you need a Chicago motor vehicle accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (312) 781-1977.