We can help you understand your rights and give you guidance on what to do next.
Our personal injury law firm works in all aspects of injuries that could have been prevented. Our personal injury law firm has been trusted to fight for our clients in over 30 of 102 counties in Illinois.
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Anytime you have an injury that could have been prevented you can call us to see if you have a case, how strong it is, and what you should do next. Hiring a personal injury lawyer is your best first step. We are a NO FEE law firm, you won’t pay anything unless we win.
Here are some immediate steps to take if you get into an accident in Mount Carroll. It doesn’t matter if it’s a car accident, injury on someone’s property, medical malpractice, etc. If you are reading this after an accident and need immediate help, call us.
In Carrol County the most likely responding law enforcement agencies to a car crash in your area would be:
For any insurance claim or personal injury claim, we’ll need a copy of the police report. You can get a copy of the report using the same contact information above. Likewise, if you contact our office and would like us to help you with your claim we have access to the report database for Carroll County. You won’t need to get the report if you work with us.
If you choose to file a claim alone you will need a copy of the police report so you can submit it to the insurance company. If you choose to do this and the insurance company comes back with a really low offer, or are being aggressive you can still contact us and we can help. Generally, when a lawyer gets involved the insurance company is much easier to work with.
Our car accident lawyers can help in tremendous ways. Not only will we guide you on what rights you have and what you can do next we can also:
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The most common type of personal injury claim is from motor vehicle accidents. This is not surprising since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that one traffic accident occurs in the United States every ten seconds, Carrol County is no different. Accidents can happen in only a few short moments, but can have long-lasting effects on your life.
Car accidents and personal injury are similar in legal nature. There are separate laws that govern each type of personal injury case. To have your best chance at winning a case you can consult with a personal injury lawyer who frequently works that type of case in your home area. We commonly work on car accident cases in Carrol County. We also frequently work:
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 1,097 individuals died in vehicle accidents in 2017. In 2016, 1,017 individuals were killed in car accidents across Illinois. Cook County had the largest number of crashes, fatalities, and serious injuries of any county in the state, with 211 fatalities and 27,075 recorded injuries, 3,223 of which were rated significant. During the same year, more than 40,000 individuals were murdered in automobile accidents across the United States. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates, motor vehicle accidents cost $871 billion in damages each year.
While there is no disputing the devastating impact of an accident-related injury or death, we are devoted to making the legal procedure as stress-free as possible. We recognize that the tragedy of a car accident is tough to bear, and we are devoted to easing your concerns about a legal struggle. We fight for our client’s rights every day.
Some life-changing injuries include:
Regardless of the scope of your injury, we can help you. We understand that no accident is the same, and will treat you with respect and individualized attention from your consultation and beyond.
According to the Illinois Secretary of State, all Illinois drivers are required by law to hold liability insurance coverage of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. Despite these restrictions, according to Insurance Research Council data, more than 13% of drivers on Illinois roads and highways travel without liability insurance.
Read more on our Uninsured Motorist Page, you’ll likely have to make a claim with your own insurance company.
Recognizing the prevalence of uninsured drivers, most vehicle insurance companies provide uninsured motorist coverage (often referred to as UM coverage). In certain cases, after establishing that the at-fault motorist lacked insurance at the time of the accident, a claim may be filed to the injured party’s insurance company, which basically stands in the place of the individual who caused the accident.
While the logistics of presenting a claim to your auto insurance company for an accident that you did not cause may seem strange, you are entitled to the same types of damages that you would have had the offending driver had insurance.
On a similar note, when a driver who causes an accident has insufficient liability coverage to compensate an injured party for their injuries — either an underinsured motorist claim or UIM claim — may be made with the insured party’s auto insurer.
While we can never tell a client how much a case is worth, we can assess the value of a case by how much medical treatment someone had to suffer, and then discuss with the client how the injury impacted their day-to-day life.
After discussing with you what a realistic figure could be we send a demand letter to the offender’s insurance company asking for the financial recovery amount. If they agree to pay the specified amount this is called a “Settlement”. If they refuse to pay we would prepare a lawsuit.
If the insurance company refuses to pay an adequate amount we will then escalate the claim to a lawsuit, file it with our county circuit clerk’s office, have the defendant/tortfeasor served, and set the case ultimately for a trial.
There is a chance the lawsuit can be settled out of court, but if an agreement cannot be made the lawsuit will have to be settled in a court of law.
A personal injury lawsuit in Illinois must be filed within two years in the state’s civil court system. This two-year time restriction, known as a “statute of limitations,” begins to run in most circumstances on the day of the accident. However, in other cases, the statute of limitations may begin to expire from the day you learned you were wounded rather than the date of the incident that harmed you. This subsequent date is referred to as a “discovery date.”
Call or text us privately at (815) 964-8303 or contact us here for an honest, and free, consultation regarding your Mount Carroll, Lanark, or Carroll County, personal injury case.
Remember, our service is completely free of charge unless we obtain a recovery on your behalf. Allow our attorneys to guide you or a loved one through the legal aspects of your case and fight for your financial recovery while you focus on your physical recovery.