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Damages can be recovered after personal injury

No one plans on becoming involved in a car accident or enduring property damage or personal injury. But those Illinois residents who have been in one know recovering, emotionally, physically and financially, after a crash can be a long and painful process. While some accident victims recover from their injuries, some are left with physical or emotional scars for years to come.

What damages can be recovered after a fatal car accident?

An accident impacts not only the people involved the crash, but also their loved ones. Whether one was fortunate enough to survive the crash or has left family members who are coming to terms with their loss, car accidents leave emotional and financial scars. Though it is not possible to quantify the loss a Texas resident has suffered, compensation received through a lawsuit may alleviate the financial burden associated with the accident.

Hit-and-run crash causes one fatality in Illinois

Losing someone in an unexpected car accident is tragic enough, but when the accident victim is a young child, it can be especially traumatizing for parents and loved ones who have to bury their children. The loss of a young life brings with it the loss of the promise of the future and the aspirations parents had for their children. Instead of deciding which college a teenager goes to, loved ones have to decide how to finance a funeral.

Distractions on the road can be deadly for all drivers

Though driving is one of the most common behaviors people across the country engage in on a daily basis, it is also one of the most dangerous ones. As technology evolves, driving has become safer but there are still a number of factors that exist to make the roadways unsafe for everyone on the road. Distracted driving is one of those factors and a crash caused by a distracted driver is one that could be avoided entirely if the driver had been paying attention to the road.

Fatal motorcycle accident results in one death

One of the common causes of motorcycle accidents is when a vehicle they are trying to overtake does not notice them and ends up striking them as a result. For example, a vehicle turning right does not notice the motorcycle in their blind spot and hits them as a result. This is similar to what officials claim happened in a recent crash in Illinois involving a motor vehicle and a motorcycle.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit for injuries after a crash?

Time is of the essence when it comes to filing a personal injury case against a negligent driver who has caused someone physical injuries and property damage in a car accident, as discussed in last week's post. Not only is this because witness recollections can get murky and tire tracks fade away, it is also because the legal statute of limitations runs out, preventing someone from exercising their legal right.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit for injuries after a crash?

Accident victims have a lot on their plate after they have been involved in a crash. The emotional toll is heavy enough, not to add the financial one. While one is trying to come to terms with their experience and trauma, they are also likely to be dealing with medical bills and might even be losing out on wages due to time off from work because of the injury. Holding the negligent driver accountable for their role in causing the car accident is probably the last thing on an Illinois accident victim's mind, but it should be at the forefront because not acting in a timely manner can extinguish the legal right to sue.

Can an amusing trend cause a deadly auto accident?

Turn on the radio and Chicago residents are likely to hear Drake's song 'In My Feelings' blaring from most channels. The song has spurred a social media movement-- people have begun taking videos of them jumping out of their vehicles in traffic while dancing to the song just to post them online. As one can imagine, jumping out of a moving vehicle can have serious repercussions for everyone on the road, not just for the jumper.

Can I recover compensation if I am also at fault in my crash?

Saying someone is "at fault" for causing a car accident might be easy to do in normal circumstances, but when it comes to allocating fault in a lawsuit surrounding a car accident, the term has serious legal consequences. If fault is proven, then the reckless driver becomes responsible for financially compensating the accident victim for the damages suffered.

The link between personal injury lawsuits and depositions

When a car accident is caused by someone else's negligence, one way by which accident victims may address the financial burden associated with it is by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. However, to be successful in such a trial, preparation is crucial and having as much information as possible is one way to be ready for court.

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