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Kane County personal injury lawyerNavigating life after a serious car accident can feel overwhelming. You might have a to-do list that seems endless. You might be trying to figure out how to get the time you need off from work to recover. There is a constant stream of follow-up medical appointments for you to keep track of. On top of that, the insurance company will not stop calling when all you want to do is rest and heal. The whole time, you are in pain and not up to doing the daily activities you are used to doing. Many car crash victims must rely on others to help around the house or with childcare duties.

During this chaotic and tiring time, it can be extremely easy to accidentally make a mistake that could impact your ability to make a full financial recovery from the driver who caused your accident. Enlisting an attorney to handle your claim can be very helpful for a number of reasons. 

What Common Mistakes Could Affect My Claim?

There are a few very common types of mistakes that car crash victims make. Unfortunately, a misstep could ultimately reduce the amount you can recover from the responsible driver. Your best option is to call an attorney almost immediately after the crash. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you avoid potential pitfalls that could hurt your case. In general, you should not: 

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Kane County airline injury attorneysWhile there are many people who are so afraid of flying that they often need medication to calm down enough to get on a plane, the truth is commercial airlines are one of the safest ways of traveling. However, although statistically the odds of dying in an airplane crash are so small they cannot even be calculated, there is a legitimate concern regarding the potential of serious personal injuries a person can suffer before, during, and after their flight.

Overhead Bins

According to several airline safety sources, more than 4,500 passengers are injured each year because of luggage and other items falling from overhead bins. Because most airlines now charge for any checked-in luggage, many passengers pack as much as they possibly can in their carry-on bags, so these items are usually fairly heavy. If one or more of these bags lands on top of a passenger opening a bin, they can suffer some serious injuries, such as concussions or even fractured bones.

Food Carts

There is also the risk of injury during a flight from rolling food carts. This can happen if the passenger is sitting by ramming their shoulders, legs, or feet while it rolls down the aisle or a cart can hit a passenger walking by due to how narrow plane aisles are.

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IL injury lawyerAny accident involving a commercial truck can be life-changing for all parties involved. If you or a loved one were seriously hurt, pursuing a personal injury lawsuit may be in one’s best interest. Any time spent in the hospital or days missed at work are damages you should be compensated for. Additional types of damages in these cases can range widely, and determining who is liable can be difficult. This is why hiring an experienced truck accident attorney is essential.

Types of Damages an Injured Person May Receive

In truck accidents, the number of involved parties tends to increase, as do the complexities of a personal injury claim. Property damage, medical expenses, and loss of income due to time off of work are the most common forms of compensation being sought by crash victims. You may have the right to further compensation, such as:

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IL injury lawyerSevere and fatal truck crashes can happen in the blink of an eye. Few videos demonstrate the immediate chaos of a semi-truck crash better than a recent video of a fatal Illinois truck accident. The video shows the semi-truck careen into oncoming traffic before bursting into flames. Sadly, the October 5, 2021 accident left the 34-year-old truck driver with fatal injuries. Paramedics pronounced the driver dead at the accident scene. Truck crashes like these are not uncommon in Illinois and victims are often left with gruesome injuries that require long-term medical treatment.

Truck Accident Liability Is Not Always Clear

Crashes involving large commercial trucks can be caused by any number of factors. Sometimes the truck itself is the underlying cause of the accident. Trucks that have not been properly serviced may contain weaknesses that make an accident inevitable. Manufacturing or design defects in the truck’s tires, steering mechanism, brakes, or other truck parts can also cause preventable truck crashes.

The truck driver, or more likely, the driver’s employer, may be liable for truck crashes called by driver negligence. Fatigued driving, distracted driving, and intoxicated driving may all contribute to a truck collision. In some truck crashes, several different parties share responsibility for the accident. Determining who is legally responsible for a truck crash and gathering evidence of that party’s negligence is a huge component of building a strong truck accident claim.

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sugar grove injury lawyerSuffering injuries from an accident can have a devastating impact on your livelihood. Whether the accident involves a car crash, a slip and fall, or another incident, unexpected injuries can have profound financial and non-financial consequences. Pursuing a personal injury claim greatly focuses on negligence and holding the at-fault party accountable. However, when both involved parties share the responsibility, the case can become complex. Illinois follows a legal doctrine called comparative negligence in shared-fault accidents. The laws regarding comparative negligence should be thoroughly considered when pursuing a personal injury claim in Illinois.

Understanding Comparative Negligence

One of the most conflicting tasks after a traffic accident is determining who was responsible for the crash. In some cases, the fault is very obvious, however, when it is not as apparent, it can complicate the accident further. The concept of comparative fault, or comparative negligence, comes into play when both parties involved share the responsibility for the accident, specifically when people or property is damaged as a result.

Some states apply pure comparative negligence, however, Illinois has adopted a new standard for recovering damages after an accident, referred to as modified comparative negligence. Modified comparative negligence is the most popular approach to establishing fault after an accident and determining recoverable damages. This legal doctrine states that a party will not receive compensation if they are found to be equally negligent or more negligent for the resulting injuries or property damage than the other liable parties. If the injured party is less than 50 percent responsible for the injuries, the recoverable amount is reduced by the degree of the receiving party’s negligence. 

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