Kane County Auto Accident Lawyer

Auto accidents can be devastating. Unfortunately, they occur regularly here in Kane County and throughout the state of Illinois. That said, if you’ve been wrongfully injured in one, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a dedicated Kane County auto accident lawyer from O’Brien Law, LLC today so we can get started working on your case.

Auto Accident Lawyer | Representing Accident Victims in Illinois

Were you injured in an accident caused by another driver’s negligence? If so, you’re most likely looking to be compensated for the physical, financial, and emotional damages you’ve incurred. Fortunately, if you’re reading this, you’ve come to the right place. Reach out to a skilled Geneva, Illinois personal injury lawyer from our legal team today.

Auto Accidents We Handle

Here at O’Brien Law, LLC we handle a wide range of auto accident cases on behalf of our wrongfully injured clients, including the following:

Steps to Take After an Auto Accident

Car accidents can easily rattle a person, putting them in a state of shock. However, if you have a plan in place, you can make the best of the moments before you receive medical care to help maximize your chances of winning a personal injury claim in the future. After an accident, as long as you are physically capable, ensure you do the following:

  • Call 911. This ensures both local law enforcement and an ambulance will shortly arrive at the scene to document the incident and treat any injuries you may have.
  • As you wait for the ambulance to arrive, calmly and respectfully take pictures of the scene of the accident and ask the driver for their insurance information.
  • Next, ask any witnesses for their contact information so they may corroborate your story in the future.
  • After receiving medical treatment at the hospital, ask your physician for all documentation relating to your injuries’ origin and extent. You may use this information to further prove your personal injury claim.
  • Contact a seasoned Kane County auto accident lawyer who can obtain and assemble evidence on your behalf to prove your personal injury claim.

Modified Comparative Negligence in Illinois

The state of Illinois observes modified comparative negligence when it comes to auto accident claims. This legal concept allows for a nuanced assessment of fault and subsequent compensation. Essentially, it operates on the premise that damages in an auto accident are not always due to the actions of a single party. In Illinois, if you’re involved in an auto accident, your ability to recover damages hinges on your degree of fault.

Notably, the state follows the 51% rule: if you are found to be 51% or more at fault, you’re barred from receiving compensation. However, if your fault is determined to be 50% or less, your compensation is adjusted accordingly. For instance, if you’re deemed 30% responsible for the accident, your recoverable damages will be reduced by that percentage. For this reason, it’s imperative that you hire a skilled auto accident lawyer who can effectively argue your case and fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.

Statute of Limitations

In the state of Illinois, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is, typically two years. This means that accident victims will have two years from the date of their injury to file a personal injury claim. However, you should note that certain circumstances can shorten or extend the statute of limitations. For example, if you were injured in an auto accident involving public transit, such as a public bus, you’ll likely only have one year from the date of the incident to file a Notice of Claim. For this reason, it’s always best to file your claim sooner, rather than later.

What to Bring to Your Initial Consultation

Many clients are nervous about their first meeting with an attorney. We are here to put you at ease and assure you that no matter your situation, we are ready to fight for your rights. That being said, to maximize the productivity of our initial consultation, we ask you to bring the following documents/evidence with you, if at all possible:

  • Pictures/videos of the accident: Regardless of whether you were in an auto accident, a slip-and-fall accident, or otherwise, it is always best to take pictures or videos of the scene of the accident. Additionally, if you were injured in a car crash, our firm can work to subpoena any security camera footage that may have captured the accident on film.
  • Any correspondence with the negligent motorist or their insurance company: If the other party or their insurance company contacts you in any way, you must document the correspondence and let us know. This information can be used to win you the compensation you need.
  • Your insurance policy: Our firm can assess your policy to take note of what your insurance does and does not cover.
  • Witness contact information: As stated earlier in this guide, you should always ask witnesses for their contact information. This can include emails, business cards, or phone numbers. Witness testimony is among the most valuable types of evidence.
  • Police reports and medical documents: Both police reports and medical bills/documents serve as official documentation that can help identify the cause of your accident, as well as the extent/total cost of your injuries.

Though all this information is incredibly useful, you should also keep in mind that every accident and every personal injury claim is different. In some cases, your attorney may determine that additional information or evidence is necessary for proving your claim. If this happens, you can rest easy knowing that our firm will leave no stone unturned.

No matter the type of auto accident you were in, we can help. Through the years, our firm has handled hundreds of cases dealing with car accidents, mass transit accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, and more. The bottom line–if you’ve been wrongly injured, you know where to turn–O’Brien Law, LLC.

Contact a Geneva, Illinois Auto Accident Lawyer

Don’t face the uphill battle for compensation after an auto accident on your own. Speak with a skilled Kane County auto accident lawyer from O’Brien Law, LLC for the competent guidance you need. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.

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