Accidents on the Rise
Automobile accidents are on the rise, unfortunately, in the state of Illinois as well as in Chicago. As of New Year’s Eve 2014, there were 973 crash fatalities in 2013 compared to 956 fatalities in 2012, a nearly 2% increase.
Personal injuries resulting from car accidents cause a great deal of physical, emotional, and financial damage. Car accidents specifically are often caused by someone else’s negligence. Laws exist to protect those injured in such accidents. Neck pain and back pain can severely affect your quality life and overall happiness. While you may not be experiencing pain or see visible injuries right after your car accident, symptoms may not surface for a week or more after the car accident that they were involved in.
Timeframe to File a Lawsuit
Illinois, like most other states, has laws that limit the timeframe in which you may file a lawsuit. The periods vary based on the specifics of the accident, and type of lawsuit filed. You have between 2 and 5 years to file a claim, or pursue a formal law suit. While these rules only apply to filing a lawsuit and not to filing a claim with either party’s insurance company, you should still keep these deadlines in the front of your mind.
If you have the option to seek out repayment of damages or suffering due to an accident, you’ll need to consult with a licensed Illinois Attorney as soon as possible. It is in your best interest to act quickly after you have been injured, and work with an experienced attorney to properly chronicle your case.
In Illinois, you can recover damages against a party who is determined to be at fault. What that means, essentially is that you will receive compensation, however your compensation is impacted by the liability percentage of your involvement within the case. The final decision of who is at fault typically comes after lengthy discussions with an insurance claim adjuster, or to advocate your case in front of a judge or jury.
If you feel like you have a case to present in regards to an automobile accident, we welcome your call. Our team of experienced attorneys will answer your questions, and invite you to our office. Please don’t hesitate, if you have been injured or are caring for a loved one effected by an injury contact our firm immediately.