Car Accidents on Vacation
Motor vehicle collisions on vacation may not only disrupt the ideal trip but also leave permanent, life-altering injuries. At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, we help people, including out-of-state drivers, who have been hurt while visiting the Chicago area. If you or someone close to you has been involved in a highway accident or another collision while on vacation, the Chicago car accident lawyers at our AV-rated firm can help you pursue a legal claim for compensation. Specific issues central to car accidents on vacation include insurance coverage, state laws, and whether personal jurisdiction exists over the parties involved in the crash. Our firm is skilled in helping clients through the emotional, often devastating period after a car accident on vacation. We can collect evidence, prove fault for the accident, and assert victims’ rights to full compensation.Assert Your Right to Compensation After a Car Accident on Vacation
Accident victims have legal rights, whether they are on vacation or working at the time of their injuries. When another driver’s negligent conduct causes you or someone in your family harm, you can protect yourself by filing an injury claim. Through a legal claim, the victim or their representative asserts their entitlement to compensation for all accident-related costs. Typically, injury claims are filed in the state where the accident occurred. Our lawyers can help by investigating, negotiating, and when necessary, litigating on behalf of people hurt by others.
Since the accident location plays a role in determining the state law to apply, understanding who is legally at fault is essential to a victim’s recovery. Negligence is often the underlying legal claim asserted against a driver following an accident. By showing that the driver was negligent, or breached a duty of care and directly caused the crash, victims may recover monetary damages.
Demonstrating the fault of another driver requires assessing the cause of the accident. While car accidents on vacation can occur in a variety of circumstances, driver error accounts for the majority of collisions. Witnesses can help assess the cause of the collision, as can the police. The fault of the driver may be due to speeding or their choice to drive while under the influence of alcohol, or even a decision to flee the scene, as in a hit-and-run accident.
After showing that the other driver was at fault for the accident, victims usually can recover monetary compensation. The types of damages typically available in an injury claim include economic and non-economic costs and losses. For example, economic harm includes hospital bills, medical therapy, and missed wages from work. Documenting the costs carefully helps to ensure that all of the damages related to the accident are recovered.
Non-economic damages are also important to recover, since people harmed while on vacation face the pain and emotional harm that accompany an accident. Often, after returning home, victims will face an inability to return to their former lifestyle. In some situations, such as when a reckless driver has caused an accident, victims may recover punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.Retain a Dedicated Car Accident Attorney in Chicago or Beyond
After you have suffered the devastation of a car accident on vacation, a personal injury lawyer at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca can help. While we appreciate that dealing with the aftermath of a crash is not the ideal way to spend time on holiday, we also know that recovering due compensation for harm suffered in a collision is important to victims and their families. Our AV-rated firm provides experienced, dedicated representation regarding legal claims following a motor vehicle collision. We serve people who have been injured in and around Chicago, Champaign, Aurora, Quincy, Rockford, and other areas of Winnebago, Cook, Kane, Adams, and Sangamon Counties. To learn more about your legal rights and how to pursue compensation, call (800) 444-1525 or reach our firm online to schedule a free consultation.