Chicago Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
It is well-known that traffic accidents are the most common cause of personal injury and wrongful death claims. Collisions occur daily across the nation and are most frequent in metropolitan areas with high-density traffic, like Chicago. Sadly, the primary cause of traffic accidents in these areas is human error and negligence, making them 100% preventable.
At Angelini, Ori + Abate, we deal with the tragic results of traffic collisions every day. We’ve seen firsthand what these incidents can cost victims in terms of their physical, emotional, and financial well-being. That is why we take every legal measure to seek justice through financial compensation for the losses and damages following an injury, or when a family has endured the shock and devastation of losing a loved in a fatal accident.
Our award-winning legal team can provide the tenacious representation you need if you or a loved one has been injured in a negligence-based motor vehicle accident in Chicago. Our proven trial lawyers know how to put you in the best legal position for a negotiated settlement or litigation with the opposition; the other side usually includes insurance companies reluctant to give you compensation consistent with the full effects of your injuries.
Auto, Bus & Trucking Accidents
The impact of a serious accident can result in staggering medical expenses, lost income, and financial hardship for both you and your family, not to mention the emotional and physical trauma that may ensue in the weeks and months following the accident.
Serious injuries include but are not limited to:
- Whiplash and torn ligaments
- Fractured and broken bones
- Internal injuries / organ damage
- Lost limbs
- Lost eyesight or hearing
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Neck, back, hip, and knee injury
- Scarring and disfigurement
In all traffic accidents, you will generally work with large insurance companies that are well-versed in tactics designed to avoid or limit their liability. While they may appear to be helpful, their priority is to pay you as little as possible to maintain their profitability. That is why it is commonly known that accident victims who have legal representation obtain better results than those who try to go it alone.
When to Get a Lawyer
It’s best to hire a lawyer as soon as possible after a car accident. There are a couple crucial reasons for this.
First, your lawyer will most likely start your case by gathering important evidence about your accident, such as finding witnesses or security camera footage. The more time that passes, the more difficult this step will be. Acting quickly allows your lawyer to find and preserve evidence such as traffic camera footage and eyewitness accounts. It also allows you to recall more accurate, vivid memories of what occurred and how, which helps in recreating the accident scene.
Second, you have a limited window of time in which to file a personal injury claim, so it’s important to act quickly. This law is called the statute of limitations, and it is imposed on a state level. In Illinois, the statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurred. This two-year period does have exceptions that can both lengthen and shorten your filing window depending on the specifics of your case, which is why it is important to speak to a lawyer about your accident as soon as possible.
Accidents involving trains, planes, and boats are among the most dangerous and deadly not only because of the number of people at risk but because of their dynamics. The risk of acute injury and death is extremely high when you are traveling at sea, in the air, or by train.
Train, aviation, and boating accidents are complex. They can involve large corporations and their well-funded insurers are anxious to limit their liability and avoid reputational harm. These companies often have large legal staffs devoted to protecting against claims of negligence. Fighting these companies requires proven legal skills, knowledge, and resources, such as you will find at Angelini, Ori + Abate.
Aviation accidents can involve both passengers and crew on commercial flights, as well as private planes and helicopters. Accidents are commonly due to equipment/mechanical failures, such as engine or other component part failures. These may be attributed to manufacturing defects or poor maintenance. They may also be caused by error on the part of pilots, air traffic controllers, or others.
These are complex cases that require intensive investigation and research. Aviation specialists and other experts are commonly needed to determine the cause of the accident and millions of dollars may be at stake where multiple injuries or deaths have occurred.
Train accidents may involve many forms of negligence, and large corporate entities putting huge resources into avoiding liability. Errors on the part of train engineers, train and equipment manufacturers, or the railroad company are frequent causes.
Negligence may be in the form of poor maintenance of the trains, tracks, or train platforms and stations, non-operating crossing signal warnings, poorly lit trains, negligent security, and more. Whether as a passenger or railroad worker, if you were injured in a train accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, loss of income, and other financial relief based on your relationship with the railroad company.
Boat operators are expected to take reasonable precautions to avoid accidents and injuries for their passengers. While some accidents are caused by outside sources, such as severe weather, many are due to the negligence of individuals or equipment manufacturers.
Negligence-based boating accidents can involve:
- Operators failing to pay attention
- Improper lookout, which means failing to maintain awareness of the potential risks of danger from other boaters, jet skiers, radio communications or other hazard
- Poorly trained or inexperienced operators
- Equipment failure
- Violations of navigational rules
If any type of negligence caused you injury in a boating accident, you may be able to hold the at-fault party accountable for your damages. For a free case analysis, connect with us online or at (312) 313-8881.
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Traffic collisions between cars are common and can end horrifically. Traffic collisions between the occupants of enclosed vehicles and motorcyclists or bicyclists can be even worse, mainly for the bicycle or motorcycle riders. These individuals have no steel case surrounding their bodies while on the road, putting them at higher risk of serious or catastrophic injuries or death. When struck by a vehicle or thrown to the pavement, or having their bike fall on them, it’s unlikely that they will walk away unharmed.
Motorcycle & Bicycle Injury Claims
Human error on the part of motorists is a common cause for motorcycle and bicycle accidents. Because of their difference in size and weight, motorcycles and bicycles are often less visible to other drivers on the road, especially in harsh weather. They may be blocked by traffic, trees, or roadside signs. Motorists often cite the fact that they “didn’t see” the rider when involved in an accident. This means that defensive driving is necessary for riders sharing the road with other motor vehicles.
Common causes of motorcycle and bicycle accidents:
- Drunk and/or drugged driving
- Motorists making left-hand turns in front of an oncoming biker
- Motorists opening car doors in the path of an oncoming biker
- Motorists failing to check blind spots when making lane changes or turns
- Swerving across lanes
- Perilous road conditions, including rain, snow, fog, obstacles on the pavement, potholes, traffic signs blocked by trees, and more
- Manufacturing defects
- Failure to follow other traffic laws, such as rolling through stop signs, running red lights, and more
- Motorists driving in bike lanes
- Motorcyclists engaging in lane-splitting
In some cases, you may be at partial fault for an accident. Illinois practices “comparative fault.” This means you can still recover compensation, but it will be reduced by your percentage of fault. However, recovery is not permitted if your proportion of fault is deemed to exceed 50%.
Our Chicago Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers Fight for Maximum Compensation
When filing an accident claim, the opposing insurance company will often assert that you were the cause of the accident as a tactic to deny you the compensation you rightfully deserve. That is why you need the services of an experienced personal injury team that knows how insurers work.
At Angelini, Ori + Abate, our goal is to help you obtain maximum compensation for damages such as your past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, lost earning capacity, property damage, and emotional distress. We can help you fight the insurance company and/or take your case to court if necessary. We are committed to helping you get the justice you need and deserve so you can move on with your life.