Auto accidents are widespread in the United States, causing remarkable dollar amounts in damage as well as serious injuries and even death, and Illinois unfortunately ranks among the top 10 U.S. states for fatal auto accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, we at Agruss Law Firm are here for you every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected and you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact our attorneys today for a free consultation.
Most auto accidents result from a driver’s poor judgment or decision-making, also known as “negligence.” Here are the most common driver errors:
Disregard for other vehicles – Many accidents result from a driver’s failure to check his/her blind spot or identify vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians who have the right-of-way in a given situation. These are particularly common at night and in poor weather conditions.
Distracted driving – Distractions to drivers have always existed, but not to the extent that smartphones and similar devices have taken it today. Distraction by electronic devices while driving now results in serious and even fatal auto accidents on a daily basis and is a contributing factor in more auto accidents than ever before, and we strongly encourage all drivers to put their phones and other devices away when behind the wheel.
Intoxicated driving – Intoxicated driving remains a problem, and drunk driving now results in as much as one-third of all auto-related deaths. These are very serious and preventable accidents and intoxicated drivers must be held accountable for the damages that result from their negligence.
Speeding – Speeding and reckless driving correlate strongly to injuries sustained in car accidents, and it remains a common factor in accidents overall. It’s important for drivers to understand that speeding is ultimately ineffective for getting them to their destinations quicker, as violating speed-limits may only result in one or two minutes saved at most and is not worth the increased risk of an accident.
To successfully hold that at-fault party accountable for your accident and injuries under the law, you must establish “negligence,” which is legally defined as “a situation when someone owes a duty to another person and fails in that duty, therefore becoming liable for any resulting injuries.” The first element is duty: the defendant – typically another driver, or potentially a business or government entity in some cases – must have owed a legal duty of care to the victim, which applies to the duty to drive safely and with reasonable caution on the road so as not to pose a danger to others. The second element is “breach,” meaning the defendant must have failed to uphold his/her legal duty of care, such as by distracted, reckless, or intoxicated driving.
The third element is “causation,” meaning that the defendant’s breached duty of care must have been the direct proximate cause of the accident and your injuries which would not have occurred otherwise. Finally, the fourth element is “damages,” which represents the damages, expenses, and losses you’ve sustained directly due to the accident. This may include vehicle damage, medical expenses when injuries were sustained, lost wages if you were forced to miss work, and pain and suffering.
Whether your accident resulted only in minor vehicular damage or a life-threatening injury, you deserve justice and full compensation for your injuries and losses. Some injuries sustained in auto accidents may have long-term or even permanent complications and a long road to recovery, requiring significant time out of work and possibly being unable to return to the same job you held before the accident. In any case, your attorney will ensure that your compensation covers not only present expenses and losses, but also those of the future, if applicable.
Unfortunately, insurance companies aim to pay out as little as possible for accident claims – often relying on the “three Ds” of “deny, delay, and defend” – and sometimes succeed by offering an insufficient settlement that only seems high on paper. Accident victims may be offered such a settlement soon after the accident, and will obviously be tempted to accept it, but the reason it’s offered so soon is because it won’t actually be enough to cover your expenses and losses, and the insurer wants you to accept it so that you’ll be barred from ever earning further compensation for the same accident. It seems cruel, but it’s done simply in the name of profit.
Our attorneys work to ensure that this does not happen to you. With an experienced personal injury attorney on your side, you can fight to receive full compensation for the damages you’ve sustained, from vehicular damage to present and future medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
We at Agruss Law Firm are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, especially when you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, contact Agruss Law Firm today for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based personal injury law firm, and helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people and not the powerful, we will file your claim and take care of the insurance company, the bills, and the lost income. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, our personal injury lawyers are not paid attorney fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.