Car Accidents

Car accidents occur every day in Chicago. Individuals and their families are often at a loss as to how to recover after negligent drivers cause injuries and sometimes wrongful death within a family. At Coogan Gallagher, our Chicago car accident lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of car crashes get back on their feet.

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Car Accidents & Injuries In Illinois

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3 million people are injured every year in vehicle crashes. In 2016 alone, there were 1,000 fatal crashes on Illinois roadways. These crashes resulted in 1,078 fatalities—an increase of almost 10 percent from the previous year.

If you have been in an accident, do not delay in seeking legal advice about your rights. Illinois has a ‘general’ two-year limit to filing a lawsuit, but it can be subject to several exceptions. This is one reason why it is vital to know your rights, right away. An experienced car accident lawyer can help.

Common Causes Of Car Crashes

It is no secret that distracted driving is one of the greatest threats on the road, leading to thousands of car accidents every year. If the other driver involved in your accident was engaging in any of these behaviors, they can be held liable for negligence:

  • Distracted driving
  • Talking on the phone or texting
  • Tailgating
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Drinking and driving
  • Speeding, or otherwise not paying attention

Injuries Associated With Auto Accidents

Some of the most common injuries that result from car accidents include:

  • Serious bone & joint injuries
  • Devastating spinal injuries that affect the spinal cord and your nerves
  • Serious and permanent brain damage
  • Soft tissue injuries (muscles, tendons, etc.)
  • “Whiplash-like” injuries to the neck and upper back
  • Wrongful death

It’s important to note that sometimes, severe injuries may not be immediately detectable right after the accident. They might not begin to show symptoms until several days later. It’s important to seek medical attention immediately and contact an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible.

What To Do After An Auto Accident

If you have been in an accident, the first and most important step is to ensure that you take care of yourself and anyone injured. Obtain medical attention as needed and call police for assistance.

If possible, take photos of the scene, your vehicle, injuries, and other vehicles and injuries involved. Take notes on the names and contact information not only of those involved in the accident, but any witnesses and police officers on the scene. Photographs and witness information can be vital to proving your claim.

Do not speak with any insurance companies without first consulting an experienced car accident lawyer. You are not legally required to speak with the other driver’s insurance representatives.  Remember: these representatives do not work for you and do not have your interests in mind. Their job is to minimize the amount of money the insurance company will pay.

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At Coogan Gallagher, each client’s case is unique and important to us. Contact our office today for a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident attorneys. Our attorneys have successfully litigated cases involving a full range of automobile crashes. We can advise you of issues that will arise in your case and work to help you get the compensation you deserve.

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