Posts Categorized: Auto Accident Attorney

Liability for Cell Phone-Related Crashes in Illinois

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Mobile device usage causes about 1.6 million car crashes a year. Most people agree that using a phone while driving is dangerous, yet most drivers admit they sometimes, or even regularly, engage in such behavior. Because of the danger and driver tendencies, Illinois has one of the broadest cell phone bans in the country. However,… Read more »

What You Need to Know About Vehicle Collisions and Serious Burns

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Many car crashes, especially large vehicle collisions, cause third- or fourth-degree burns. Third-degree burns destroy the skin, and fourth-degree burns sear bones. These injuries are not just difficult to surgically correct, they also require months or years of physical therapy. As a result, the average burn injury car crash hospital bill is more than $1.6… Read more »

The Three Types of Negligence in a Rockford Auto Accident

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Each year, car crashes kill or seriously injure millions of Americans. Most of these incidents are not accidents. Negligence, or a lack of care, usually causes car crashes in Rockford. That negligence could be a lack of ordinary care. Illinois law imposes a duty of reasonable care on most drivers. These individuals must drive defensively…. Read more »

Electronic Evidence in a Rockford Car Crash Case

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In Illinois vehicle collision claims, victim/plaintiffs must establish negligence by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). That’s the lowest standard of evidence in the Prairie State. Even still, traditional evidence sources may be insufficient. For example, the victim’s own testimony may be enough to establish liability. But quite often, car crashes happen… Read more »

Five Car Crash Dos and Don’ts

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Auto accidents happen a lot and most of them are not minor “fender bender” wrecks that snarl rush hour traffic. In fact, car crashes kill or seriously injure millions of Americans every year. Despite the statistics, many people never think they will be involved in a collision. Such injuries cause significant economic losses, like medical… Read more »

Breaking Down Rockford Hit and Run Claims

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Statistics vary significantly by jurisdictions, but typically, around half of hit-and-run drivers are caught and successfully prosecuted in criminal court. The percentage may be higher in civil court, mostly because of the lower standard of proof. In criminal court, prosecutors must establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, which means a witness must place the defendant… Read more »

What is Vicarious Liability in a Car Accident Case and Why Does It Matter?

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Establishing liability, or legal responsibility for a collision, is the most important component of a car crash claim. But many times, the fight for fair compensation does not end at this point.   Most people are judgement-proof. In many cases, if the tortfeasor (negligent driver) has insufficient insurance coverage, the judgement might as well be… Read more »

Five Types of Driving Impairment in Rockford

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Every year, car crashes seriously injure millions of people. Some form of negligence causes most of these crashes. That negligence could be a lack of ordinary care or a violation of a safety statute, like running a stop light. Most of these crashes also involve one of the five types of driving impairment, per the… Read more »

The Three Types of Distracted Driving in Rockford

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All drivers multitask. They monitor the traffic in front of them, behind them and beside them while they also monitor vehicle speed and other internal performance gauges. If drivers add additional tasks, they quickly become overloaded. It’s is no wonder distracted drivers seriously injure close to half a million Americans per year in vehicle collisions…. Read more »

Working with the Insurance Company After a Car Crash

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If liability is undisputed, Illinois law requires auto insurance companies to settle claims within 30 days. The settlement offer must be reasonable. The insurance company cannot tender a “low-ball” offer which does not amount to fair compensation. In minor property damage claims, like dents and scratches, early settlements are pretty common. The insurance company wants… Read more »