Highway accidents may cause catastrophic injuries, due to the high volume of vehicles traveling at high speeds. Chicago is a hub of a large network of highways, including seven major interstates that cross through the city. If you or a loved one was hurt in a highway accident, the Chicago car accident lawyers at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca can pursue compensation from a responsible party, seeking to hold careless drivers and others accountable for the resulting harm. We represent clients through all of the phases of litigation and have helped injured individuals and families throughout Illinois.Assert Your Right to Recovery Following a Highway Accident
Investigating all of the potential causes of a highway accident, whether it occurred on Interstate 90, 94, or 57, is critical to a successful claim for compensation. After suffering injuries in a highway accident, victims pursuing a claim against the at-fault driver must prove their fault. The other driver may have been negligent, failing to use reasonable care while operating their vehicle. A successful negligence claim requires showing that the other driver breached a duty of care and that this breach caused the resulting accident and the victim’s injuries.
Speeding or driving while distracted in conversation or by a cell phone are examples of negligent conduct. When these breaches of the duty of care cause a highway accident, the victim may be able to recover damages incurred in the crash. In some situations, a showing of extreme recklessness on behalf of the defendant driver may subject them to punitive damages as a form of punishment for egregious behavior.
Damages are designed to compensate victims for their harm. Since highway accidents may result in serious injuries, victims often have future costs involving medical care and reduced earning capacity. When an accident victim cannot return to their former position at work or misses work due to injuries, these are expenses that may be recovered. Proving the true extent of the injuries is a significant aspect of a personal injury claim, and medical experts may offer opinions and testimony to help demonstrate the impact of the accident.
Victims who suffer a decreased quality of life or depression and anxiety may be able to secure these damages after proving liability in a highway accident case. Injured individuals who are unable to participate in activities that they enjoyed before the crash may show that this loss has affected their quality of life. Additionally, in some circumstances, they may continue to suffer trauma from the accident.
Highway motor vehicle accidents may lead to fatalities, and in this situation, the victim’s family members may pursue compensation for their losses through a wrongful death claim. As the plaintiffs, they must show that as a result of the defendant’s negligence, they have suffered monetary damages from the loss of their loved one. The compensation available in a wrongful death claim often includes medical costs, funeral expenses, and lost income that the victim would have earned had they survived and pursued their career until retirement. Additionally, a successful plaintiff in a wrongful death claim may recover compensation for the value of lost services that the victim formerly provided to them.Retain a Dedicated Chicago Lawyer for Your Highway Accident Claim
The skilled Chicago attorneys at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca work with each client to pursue legal action designed to hold a careless driver legally responsible for causing injuries. Securing compensation may help to ease the stress that often accompanies serious motor vehicle accidents. We help people throughout the state, including victims in Springfield, Rockford, Aurora, Champaign, Quincy, and other areas of Sangamon, Adams, Winnebago, Kane, and Cook Counties. Contact us online to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision lawyer or call (800) 444-1525.