Injured in a car accident? You are not alone. Over 5 million people are hurt in car wrecks each year, according to a 2010 report by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). About 35,000 people are killed in car crashes annually.
At Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd., our attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients get the most for their injuries. We fully appreciate that every case is unique, so we work closely with our clients to build a clear case against the negligent driver who caused their injuries.
Car accidents happen for all sorts of reasons. Here are just some of the most common reasons:
After a car accident, an injured person can seek compensation from the person who hurt them. Illinois courts will allow you to seek three types of compensation, where appropriate. These are economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
These are financial harms that you suffered. For instance, they may include:
These are emotional or non-financial losses. They often include things like:
This type of award is rare in Illinois. Courts require you to first prove that the defendant acted with willful and wanton disregard for human life and safety. This is a high threshold to meet. Even in cases of texting and driving and reckless driving, some judges will not allow them. However, in extreme cases, these awards are used to punish wrongdoing and deter others from doing the same thing. Typically, punitive damages are awarded against large corporations that knowingly endanger the public for profits.
Our firm works to protect each client. This all starts with a careful evaluation of the case facts. We look for ways to secure payment. Sometimes defendants are uninsured. We then look to your insurance to see if you have optional uninsured motorist coverage. We also look to see if the defendant has significant assets that we might be able to attach in order to pay for your losses. Here are a few other things we can do to protect you:
If you have been in a car accident in Ogle County, IL, give our firm a call today. The call is free, and you owe us nothing if we can not recover compensation for you.
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