The complex web of laws related to Illinois automobile accidents makes it vital for victims to retain the services of an experienced attorney who will accurately explain the legal process and guide them through every decision along the way.
DETERMINING FAULT IN A CAR ACCIDENT
After a car accident, the responsible party often attempts to deflect their liability by claiming that the injured party is either completely or partially at fault for the accident. Insurance companies use such allegations about liability to deny claims to injured accident victims.
When situations like these arise, Illinois law uses a system known as “modified comparative fault” to divide the responsibility for damages caused by a car accident. This means that a person can receive damages only if the other party is determined to be more at fault. However, the damages awarded will be lessened by the percentage determined to be their share of liability for the accident. An accident victim who was 30% responsible for the accident will also have their recovery reduced by the same percentage.
After suffering an injury in an accident victims often receive pressure from the insurance company for the responsible driver to settle quickly. While settling quickly and getting money fast may be tempting, an accident victim who does so, and without the protection of an experienced Illinois accident attorney usually settles for too little, and before they understand the full extent of their injuries, the final amount of their medical bills, or the full value of their claim. By obtaining the services of a well-versed attorney, a person places their trust in a legal professional who will advocate for their rights and also, make sure that a fair settlement is reached.
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