Posts Categorized: Auto Accident Attorney

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 »

Compensation in Alcohol-Related Rockford Car Crashes

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The decades-long crackdown against drunk drivers has basically failed to reduce the number of alcohol-related collisions in Illinois. Today, alcohol is a factor in almost a third of the fatal vehicle crashes in Rockford. In the 1980s, when DUI laws were weak and poorly enforced, the percentage was about the same. Utah recently took this… Read more »

Two Quick Rockford Car Crash Dos and Don’ts

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Accident victims sometimes feel as though things are spiraling out of control. Attorneys help victims put their lives back together after serious car crashes. But before that happens, victims must help themselves. Most law enforcement officers say that the first few hours after a crime often dictate the course of the investigation. If mistakes are… Read more »

The Three Types of Negligence In Auto Accident Claims

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Some form of human error causes over 90 percent of the car crashes in Rockford. Sometimes, this error is a wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time lapse, and the collision was truly “accidental.” Examples include sudden wind gusts and lightning strikes. But in almost all cases, car crashes involve some kind of negligence. Legally, negligence is either a lack of… Read more »

Electronic Evidence in Car Crash Cases

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Witness statements, accident reports, medical records, and the victim/plaintiff’s testimony are all highly effective in Winnebago County vehicle collision claims. This evidence is readily available and easy to use. Moreover, since the burden of proof is low in civil court, a little evidence goes a long way. But there is normally a direct relationship between… Read more »

Winning Distracted Driving Cases in Rockford

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Distracted drivers cause about a fifth of the fatal car crashes in Rockford. Illinois has one of the broadest distracted driving laws in the country. It prohibits a wide range of behaviors that are permissible in nearby states. But even if the law does not apply, it’s still possible to obtain compensation in these cases…. Read more »

Breaking Down the Contributory Negligence Defense

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In some ways, a negligence case is a lot like a college football game. The offense may have the most innovative play since “Cactus” Jack Neumeier developed the spread offense in 1970. But if the defense is in the right place at the right time, it is all for naught. Similarly, a personal injury attorney… Read more »