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Injured In A Car Accident?

Car Accident Lawyer – Chicago, IL

Our Chicago Car Accident Attorneys Can help you!

We understand that people have enough stress regarding their health and financial outlook following a serious car accident. Working with a Chicago car accident lawyer should make your life easier, not more difficult.

Aggressive Legal Help — Because Any Accident Can Change Your Life Forever

Never assume that just because your car collision was “minor” that you may not have serious injuries. Even in cases where there is little car or other property damage, drivers and passengers can still suffer debilitating injuries, including:
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head, neck and shoulder injuries
  • Brain injuries
We have represented people involved in accidents at intersections, weather-related crashes, multicar collisions and hit-and-run crashes as experienced car accident lawyers serving Chicago.

A critical part of your claim will be the medical record we develop to present to the insurance company. Many injuries are not easily detectable, meaning it is important to have thorough medical evidence to support a compensation claim. With our firm working on your claim, you will know that you have a legal team of Chicago car accident attorneys seeking every dollar of compensation you deserve for your injuries.

In 2016, the people of Illinois were involved in over 300,000 car accidents. About 20 percent, or 60,000, of these crashes resulted in a serious injury. And about 1 percent, or 1,000, of them ended in death. Most of these injuries occur in the Chicago area: a mix of nasty winter weather and dense urban traffic make for a dangerous driving environment.

If you were involved in one of these accidents or any other accident, you need a car accident attorney in Illinois. The Law Offices of John S. Eliasik aggressively defend our clients and advocate for their rights in court. Our car accident attorneys are experienced trial professionals who are ready and willing to go the distance necessary to secure the compensation our clients deserve, even if that means going to court. We know the impact of even a small car accident and can help you get the relief you need.

Have you been injured in a motor vehicle accident, or do you know someone who has? We can help. Reach out to us today for a consultation.

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Common causes of car accidents

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Drowsy driving

Distracted driving

Disobeying traffic laws or signals

Speeding

Aggressive driving

Bad weather

Also, here some common indicators of fault:

Not stopping at a stop sign

Backing out and hitting another car

Driving without legally required glasses

Driving without headlights on at night

Driving distracted by texting, being on the phone, eating, etc.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Our car accident attorneys in Chicago works tirelessly on behalf of people who have suffered harm in motor vehicle accidents in Illinois. We know how complicated it can be to work with insurance companies when seeking compensation for your medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Insurers carefully scrutinize injury claims and will look for specific evidence to approve a claim in full. We have experience securing compensation for clients throughout Chicagoland, and we are ready to put our experience to work for you as wel

If you had a car accident that was not your fault

The first thing people do after they get into a car accident that wasn’t their fault is hire an attorney. They almost always hire a local attorney: so if you live in Chicago, you need an attorney in the Chicago area.

An attorney will help the process go much smoother for you and help you get the compensation you deserve. Here’s what our attorneys will do:

  • Understand the accident to find out its cause
  • Make it clear that the person who caused the accident is responsible for the accident
  • Find the best source of compensation from insurance
  • Learn about all of your medical needs and recommend a doctor
  • Count all of your financial and non financial losses

Our attorney’s will get the compensation you need for all of your losses.

This process can be confusing for most people; an attorney will take care of the whole process and make it really easy for you, but an example will clear up how the process works.

(Truck accident? Read this.)

Example

Jim gets in a car accident with Sally when Sally makes a left turn into the front left side of Jim’s vehicle. Jim had a green light and Sally had a green light for yield. The accident is Sally’s fault. Jim gets all of Sally’s contact information and goes to the hospital for serious back injuries. At the hospital Jim racks up $25,000 in medical bills; he goes to an attorney as soon as he gets out of the hospital. The attorney listens to the case and then determines the best source of compensation. Sally works a minimum wage job. But she has an insurance policy worth over $100,000. This is an important note, whether the attorney sues Sally or the insurance company, generally, Sally herself won’t pay the money, her insurance company will.

Jim’s attorney files a claim against Sally’s insurance company. Instead of taking the matter to court, the insurance company agrees to settle the matter for $35,000. If Jim had filed a claim without an attorney, the insurance company may have only given him $25,000 maximum because they would not have taken him as seriously. Jim didn’t pay the attorney anything upfront and only now that Jim gets paid does the attorney get paid: the attorney gets paid a percentage of the settlement amount.

This is a routine process. An insurance company will give a self-represented person less every time. Hire an attorney and the process is easier and you will be compensated with what you deserve.

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How much is a car accident claim worth?

Here are some real car accidents that happened in Illinois and the real amount the plaintiff (the person suing) received.
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Dislocated collarbone from car accident

When: 1992

Where: St. Clair County, Illinois

Facts: The plaintiff was 14 years old and driving with his mom. His mom turned left in front of another car — both with green lights — they collided. The plaintiff’s collarbone was dislocated and cost $1,100 in medical bills. Ultimately, the jury sided with the defendant, because the plaintiff was making the left turn, and the plaintiff got nothing.

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Neck injury

When: 1992

Where: Madison County, Illinois

Facts: The plaintiff was driving and was rear-ended while stopping to turn right onto a small access road. The defendant was speeding. The accident caused neck bone, tissue, and nerve damage and resulted in $3,000 in medical bills and $500 in lost wages. It went before a jury and the jury awarded $6,720 to the plaintiff.

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Death by head injury

When: 1994

Where: Cook County, Illinois

Facts: 28-year-old Hurley was driving down the road when a tractor-trailer pulled out in front of him. Hurley’s car went right under the trailer, tearing the roof from the car. He didn’t survive. His wife brought the lawsuit against the tractor-trailer company. The company settled the matter for $1.4 million.

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