Posts Categorized: Auto Accident Attorney

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 »

From Gumshoe To GPS: Collecting Evidence in Car Crash Cases

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In Illinois civil court, victim/plaintiffs must establish liability by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). Assume that two stacks of paper are side by side. If someone adds just one sheet of paper to the stack on the left, it is higher than the stack on the right. That’s a picture of… Read more »

Maximum Payouts in Rockford Accident Cases

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Illinois has one of the lowest auto insurance minimum coverage requirements in the country. Many drivers only carry between $25,000 and $50,000 of personal injury insurance. In many situations, the hospital bill alone could be more than $100,000 from a serious injury collision. This insurance gap is especially critical in catastrophic injury situations. If the… Read more »

The Five Types of Driving Impairment in Rockford

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Human error causes over 90 percent of the car crashes in Northern Illinois. Sometimes, this error involves a driving mistake, like a failure to look both ways. Generally, these collisions are “fender-benders” that cause property damage but not serious injury. However, many other vehicle collisions involve negligence. That could be a lack of ordinary care… Read more »

Types of Evidence in Rockford Car Crash Cases

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Evidence in an Illinois vehicle collision case is a lot like the pieces of a large jigsaw puzzle. Without the pieces, it is impossible for the jury to put the picture together. The more evidence (pieces) the jury has, the more likely they are to award fair compensation. Of course, no matter how many puzzle… Read more »