The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reports that there were 285,477 reportable traffic crashes during 2013. Accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other kinds of motor vehicles often involve tremendous forces that have the potential to cause serious physical injury. As a result, people who have been involved in accidents often incur significant medical expenses and lose income due to being unable to work for an extended period of time. The lawyers of Fisk & Monteleone LTD. are committed to helping people hurt in car accidents recover for these and other kinds of losses they may experience.
Multiple Vehicles Can Raise Issues Regarding Causation And Partial Fault
Accidents can often involve three or more vehicles, often complicating issues of liability. Under the general principles of Illinois personal injury law, an injured party must be able to establish that the accident in which they were injured was caused by someone else’s negligence. In many cases, multiple car accidents raise significant issues regarding causation, especially in situations where one driver’s actions initiate a chain reaction scenario causing injury.
For example, suppose there are two cars sitting at a stoplight, one directly in front of the other, and a third car hits the car in the rear. If the second car hits the first car, the driver of the third car can often be held liable for any damages sustained by the driver of the vehicle in the lead. In cases where the driver of the second car was also negligent, however, the driver of the first vehicle may also be able to recover from that driver as well. In cases like this, liability is often apportioned among the parties involved.
A Car Accident Attorney Can Have A Significant Impact On The Outcome Of Your Case
Car accident cases involving multiple vehicles can often require significant investigation and legal analysis. When you retain an attorney, he or she will thoroughly analyze the facts of your case and determine from whom, if anyone, you may be able to recover. In addition, investigating a car accident case can often require significant resources, and your attorney will pay any upfront costs associated with establishing your case. Some of the kinds of evidence that may be gathered when seeking compensation for a car accident include the following:
- Police reports;
- Witness statements;
- Expert witness testimony;
- Surveillance footage;
- Medical records;
- Vehicle maintenance records;
- Onboard computer data; and
- Cell phone records.
Contact A Rockford Car Accident Attorney Today To Schedule A Free Consultation
Anyone who has been injured in a car accident in Rockford, Illinois or the surrounding areas should contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The experienced auto accident attorneys of Fisk & Monteleone LTD. are skilled litigators who are dedicated to representing the legal rights of people injured by the negligence of others. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 815-516-0822. People who would prefer to send us an email can do so through our online contact form available here.