Accidents are common in densely-populated metropolitan areas like Chicago, Illinois. If you’ve been in an auto accident of any kind, you need an experienced car accident lawyer at your side. Common causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted Driving
- Drunk Driving
- Rollover Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Cycling Accidents
The professional car accident lawyers at Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD., have extensive experience handling accidents involving vehicles. We investigate every possible contributing cause of your accident to ensure you receive full compensation for your damages.
SIGNS YOU MAY NEED A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
Although no two auto accident cases are the same, the following signs are almost universal indicators that you should consider seeking help from a lawyer.
- You Sustained Lingering Injuries
Taking legal action after minor injuries may not be worth the time and effort. However, if you are facing long-term or even permanent injuries that affect your ability to work, your mental and emotional well-being or your quality of life, you may later come to regret not taking action after the accident. Since Illinois observes a statute of limitation for car accident claims, it’s better to speak with an attorney about your options early, rather than waiting until it’s too late.
- Your Out-of-Pocket Expenses Are Significant
When medical expenses and other costs associated with an accident are relatively minor, hiring an attorney and filing a personal injury lawsuit may not make sense financially. However, when you are facing steep medical bills and other potential expenses such as wages lost due to missed work or future lost earning potential, you deserve to find out whether you’re entitled to compensation.
- The Other Driver Won’t Admit Fault
If the other driver and his or her insurance company refuse to admit fault, you will only win compensation by proving in court that the other driver really was at fault. This will be much easier to do with the help of an attorney who is familiar with the relevant laws and has experience presenting evidence in a courtroom setting.
HOW WE CAN HELP
If you sustained injuries in an auto accident and have lost significant time from work, household duties or school, it’s especially important to secure the services of a professional lawyer. Injuries, lost wages and insurance and disability claims can significantly complicate a case. Our expert auto accident attorneys will help you:
- Complete the lengthy paperwork from doctors, insurance companies and SSI/SSDI (disability) that often accompanies car accident claims
- Communicate with insurance companies
- Locate witnesses/investigate the accident scene
- We Handle The Details WHILE YOU RECOVER
Our car accident lawyers have the skill and experience required to critically evaluate all of the facts involved in the cause of your accident. We take over the investigation of your case so you can concentrate on recovery. We’ll help you find the appropriate medical specialist to treat your injuries and we’ll make arrangements to delay payment of your medical costs until your case is resolved through settlement or trial.
In addition to helping you address your medical needs and expenses, we will assist you with other issues that often surround a car accident, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Funeral costs
HOW YOU CAN HELP MOVE YOUR CASE FORWARD
The best way to ensure you have a strong case is to immediately begin gathering all relevant paperwork related to the accident. Here are a few things you’ll need, to file a car accident claim:
- Police reports
- Auto insurance claims
- Medical billing statements
- Any other important letters/documents directly related to your case
The facts about how, when and why the incident occurred tend to become blurred, especially if you’ve been hurt. Odds are, that if you’ve been injured and/or your car has been damaged in some way, there will be medical and auto repair bills to pay. For this reason, those moments immediately following the crash are a critical time to document as many of the details as possible so you can recoup as much of your losses as possible with the help of an auto accident lawyer.
Auto Accident Report Information
Auto accident reports can never contain too much information. So often, drivers remember to ask the other party or parties for their insurance information but forget simple details like phone numbers and license plate numbers. It’s recommended that you always dial 911 to call the police to the scene even for minor fender benders. A police officer will be equipped with the proper forms and fill out the details so nothing important is left out.
Auto accident reports always contain contact information with names, addresses and phone numbers of all drivers involved in the accident as well as each driver’s auto insurance company and policy information. Talking with drivers, passengers and witnesses will also provide details of the event from different perspectives, to add to the documentation.
All of this information is important to attorneys when fighting for client settlements. If you were injured or not thinking clearly enough after the accident to collect all the appropriate information, then you, your lawyer and your insurance company representative will always have the police report to refer back to.
By gathering this information ahead of time, our experienced auto accident lawyers can get to the heart of your case quickly and make an informed decision about how to proceed.
HIRING THE RIGHT CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
Since there are so many different attorneys to choose from, it’s often hard to determine who is right for the job. The following suggestions can hopefully aid you in your search.
- Find An Experienced Attorney
First, when you are in need of legal help, it’s important to find someone who is conversant in the type of case you are fighting. In this instance, you are in search of an experienced auto accident attorney. This type of attorney will have experience working with personal injury victims like you. Although any attorney can fight your case, experienced help will provide you with a better probable outcome.
- Look for a Proven Track Record of Success
Next, make sure the lawyer you’re interested in working with has a proven track record of success. If they win the majority of their cases, then there’s a good chance they will win yours, too. If they do not have the best track record, then it might be better to keep looking for another attorney.
- Schedule a Consultation
Once you find the ideal lawyer, then it might be a good idea to schedule a consultation. Most of the time, attorneys will meet with you for free to discuss your case. During this meeting, you’ll be able to review what happened during the accident.
Our auto accident lawyers can help you understand what type of compensation you deserve in terms of the law. They can also answer any questions you might have about your case. This is a great way to make a final decision about hiring the right accident lawyer.
Entrust your case to the seasoned car accident lawyers at Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD.—contact us today for a free consultation. We serve the entire Chicago area, including Arlington Heights, Bensenville, Cicero, Joliet, Maywood, Rosemont, Orland Park, Schaumburg, Streamwood and Villa Park.
ADDITIONAL HELPFUL INFORMATION
5 FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT CAR ACCIDENTS
Despite the number of substantial improvements in vehicles and safety initiatives, a high number of Americans are still injured in accidents every year. There are a few ways in which accidents could have been prevented by taking some safety precautions. Here are 5 car accidents facts that you probably weren’t aware of:
- Drivers Still Text While Driving
Despite the fact that statistics have shown that texting while driving is extremely dangerous, people continue to do it. At any moment throughout the country, there are as many as half a million people texting while driving.
- Half Of Traffic Victims Are Not Drivers
Half of the people injured in accidents are not the drivers or occupants. A high number of victims are innocent people.
- Teens Have The Highest Crash Rates
One of the more disturbing car accident facts. Motor vehicle crashes make up almost 33% of all teen fatalities. This could be due to the fact that almost 60% of teens admit that they talk on the phone or text while driving.
- Car Accidents Are Expensive
Traffic accidents cost over $200 billion per year. This comes out to an average of $820 for every person in the country.
- Seat Belts Save Lives
This may be one of the more common car accident facts, but between 2008-2013, seat belts saved the lives of over 70,000 people. Every year there are hundreds of people who could have avoided death by simply wearing their seat belts.
WHAT KIND OF SETTLEMENT SHOULD I EXPECT TO RECEIVE AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT?
There’s no distinct formula for an average auto accident settlement because no auto accident case is precisely like another. Even if conditions of a crash are recreated exactly, recovery of parties involved could lead to the award of damages distinct from otherwise similar scenarios.
So there are a few rules of thumb you can use to figure what you may be able to recover in an auto accident settlement.
The Rule of Thumb
Many attorneys have a rule of thumb accounting for medical bills. That rule of thumb is the assumption of a settlement which recovers three times the cost of medical expenses. If you’ve got coverage beyond liability or you’re the injured party, the insurance company will cover medical bills and vehicular repair.
However, the court does determine pain and suffering through a judge examining the injury which has been diagnosed, what treatment was involved, the duration of treatment, if there are pre-existing conditions, whether the crash was severe or minor and if income loss has been sustained during recovery.
Choose a Firm With a Proven Track Record
For the average auto accident settlement, what you really need is cogent legal representation that maximizes recovery. A good way to determine whether or not a legal firm can do this is through an examination of their track record.
Another rule of thumb to define a decent firm is approximately a million dollars in recovery per one hundred clients. If you divide that out, it comes to an average of about $20,000 in recovery per client.
Yet actual recovery averages on an individual basis are likely to be higher. Simply because no legal firm can win every case. This means if they’re averaging a million dollars per hundred clients, individual clients have likely been able to recover more, because that figure factors in clients who the judge didn’t favor.
If you can find a firm with these numbers, you can expect that a successful ruling could potentially return you $20,000 or more, depending on your case.
A Consistently Successful Firm
Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD. has been in operation since 1996 and has successfully represented over 20,000 clients, recovering more than fifty million dollars. Specializing in honesty and customer service is just a cherry on the cake, as the numbers speak for themselves.