Getting a Chicago car accident attorney

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One person died in this three-car crash. (KATU News photo)

 

Chicago is a city crawling up with an enormous number of working people. In people’s words it’s a city of international trade, corporate deals and big shiny commercial skyscrapers. Streets of Chicago stay busy from dawn to dusk with cars, pedestrians and public transports. Till 2014 Chicago had the following vehicle statistics:

  • 80% people owns personal
  • Everyday 95% of the total population uses private or public transportation to get to places
  • Daily traffic counts are around 800,000 vehicles

So it’s a big city with big numbers of vehicle driven each day. And Chicago is considered to be the third largest transportation hub in the world. But with a large number of anything, risks come along with it. And it’s not different for a city like Chicago to have a car accident now and then. If you want to see the real deal then have a look at the Chicago’s car accident reports from the last few years:

 

Chicago Road Accident Statistics

  1. More than 70% car crashes occur at the urbanized areas.
  2. Every year around 4000 people walking in the roads gets injured by car accidents.
  3. Around 20000 people get fatally injured every year.
  4. Almost 70% fatalities involve passenger cars.

These numbers may not be as large as other cities. But this number shows that a lot of people are getting badly injured due to car crashes. The Chicago City Police Department is trying their best to reduce these numbers. The court also issued some laws to encourage the drivers to drive safe which are as following:

 

  1. US$250-US$800 penalty for driving without licenses, expired insurances, not wearing seatbelt etc. minor infractions.
  2. Cash penalty plus prison time for involvement is major crashes.
  3. Up to two years of jail just for fleeing accident scenes, involvement in that crime will be charged along with it.
  4. Cancelation of driver’s license from years to up to life time for involving in car accidents.

 

To avoid these consequences you must follow some key rules if you do face an accident:

After an Accident:

  1. Do call 911.
  2. Do help the others.
  3. Aid the emergency team when they arrive.
  4. Get a Chicago car accident attorney if legal support is required.

And,

  1. Do not hit and run.
  2. Do not flee the scene of accident.
  3. Do not provide false statements.
  4. Do not hide any evidences.

 

Chicago Car Accident Attorney

    So if you do get involved in a car accident case, you should call an attorney without hesitation. Whether you are responsible or not, only an attorney can help you if you get charged.

After an accident the first thing you need is medical care. So your attorney will go through the law process while you can get some rest. Your lawyer will collect info, file a lawsuit and defend you all the way possible. So an attorney is your only hope if you get charged, especially a car accident attorney in Chicago.

 

Did you know what can be the most important fact after an unpleasant event? No it’s not money, its patience. Be patient and let your lawyer handle it. Because hiring an attorney always increase the chance of winning a case 5 times more than usual. So don’t wait, let the law help. And always drive safe, just not to fell in a situation like that in the first place.

By: Austin Engelward

5 Comments
  1. David Miller

    December 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    In a wrongful death action, the jury determines the size of the damages award after hearing the evidence. The jury’s determination is not the final word, however, and the size of the award may be adjusted upward or downward by the court for a variety of reasons. For example, if the decedent routinely squandered his income, this might reduce the family’s recovery. Similarly, the courts will reduce a jury’s award if the decedent had poor earnings, even though he was young, had great potential, and supported several children. At the same time, a jury may award lost earnings despite the decedent’s having been unemployed, if he had worked in the past and if the plaintiff presented evidence of the decedent’s average earnings while employed. If the plaintiff fails to present such evidence of the decedent’s average earnings, the court may set aside the jury’s damage award and order a new trial.

  2. Michael T.

    December 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Let me add about Punitive damages, which are awarded in cases of serious or malicious wrongdoing to punish the wrongdoer, or deter others from behaving similarly. In most states, a plaintiff may not recover punitive damages in a wrongful death action. There are some states, however, that have specific statutes that permit the recovery of punitive damages. In states that do not explicitly allow or disallow punitive damages in wrongful death actions, courts have held punitive damages permissible. An attorney will be able to advise you as to whether your state allows punitive damages.

  3. Richardson Harris

    December 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    In addition to damages for wrongful death, the distributees may be able to recover damages for personal injury to the decedent. These are called “survival actions,” since the personal injury action survives the person who suffered the injury. The decedent’s personal representative can bring such an action together with the wrongful death action, for the benefit of the decedent’s estate.

  4. Patricia Thomas

    December 4, 2013 at 10:10 am

    If a loved one has dies after an accident or injury caused by the negligence or misconduct of another individual, company or entity, I suggest you to be entitled to bring a legal action for wrongful death against those responsible. Especially in light of time deadlines for filing such a lawsuit, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible, to discuss your legal rights and your potential case.

  5. Harvey S.

    December 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Let me remind you that, plaintiffs are able to present expert testimony of economists to establish the value of the decedent to his family. Until recently, this testimony was not admissible when a housewife died, but that rule has changed. When the decedent is a housewife who was not employed outside the home, the financial impact on the survivors will not involve a loss of income, but increased expenditures to continue the services she was providing or would have provided if she had lived. Because jurors may not be knowledgeable regarding the monetary value of a housewife’s services, experts may aid the jury in this evaluation.

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