Night Driving Accidents
Drivers who fail to adjust to the decreased visibility and potential hazards posed by nighttime driving may cause serious or deadly crashes. The Chicago car accident lawyers at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca help victims of night driving accidents seek proper compensation from drivers and others responsible for causing a crash and the resulting injuries. Following a nighttime collision, we can investigate all of the contributing causes of the accident and seek maximum compensation on behalf of our clients.Demonstrate Legal Fault for Injuries Suffered in a Night Driving Accident
While car accidents may occur at any time of day, nighttime crashes tend to be more common due to a combination of factors, such as lower visibility and the tendency for drivers to suffer from fatigue. After dark, drivers are also more likely to operate their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The reality is that nighttime vehicle accidents may lead to catastrophic, permanent harm, as well as fatal injuries.
By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the parties responsible for causing a night driving accident, individuals may recover compensation for their losses. To secure monetary compensation, victims typically need to prove that the defendant driver has been negligent. Negligence is established by showing that the victim was owed a duty of care and that the duty was breached by the defendant's action or inaction. For example, failing to use headlights probably would be deemed negligent, as would driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The victim must also show that this conduct directly caused the crash and the resulting damages. In some situations, car manufacturers or other parties also may be held liable for harmful conduct that contributed to an accident.
After establishing liability for a night driving accident, victims may be able to recover damages intended to place them in the place in which they would be had the accident not occurred. Missed wages from work due to accident-related injuries, medical expenses, and property damage are typically secured in a successful injury claim following a car accident. Victims may be compensated for loss of earning capacity, if they can demonstrate that the accident affected their ability to work until their natural retirement age.
Non-economic damages, such as emotional distress, may be available to accident victims who successfully prove liability. While this type of harm is challenging to quantify, emotional pain and suffering is common following a car accident. Often, an injured individual experiences a decreased quality of life. In support of their claim for damages, the victim may choose to set forth evidence of their inability to engage in the hobbies and activities that they enjoyed before the accident.
If a nighttime car accident has led to the tragic loss of a loved one, their family or specified individuals may set forth a claim for damages on behalf of the deceased person. In a wrongful death claim, the victim’s family would be required to prove legal fault for the fatal crash. After doing so, damages would be paid for the benefit of the surviving family members.Retain a Chicago Attorney for Your Car Accident Claim
The lawyers at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca are ready to help you assert your right to compensation following a night driving accident. Our experience as motor vehicle collision attorneys has provided insight into the importance of carefully documenting current and future medical needs, lost wages from work, and other financial repercussions from a car accident. Our Chicago lawyers represent individuals as well as families who are fighting for the rights of their loved ones following a devastating accident. We can assist people throughout the state, including residents of Aurora, Champaign, Rockford, Springfield, Quincy, and other communities throughout Cook, Kane, Winnebago, Sangamon, and Adams Counties. To discuss the details of your claim at no cost, contact our office online or by calling (800) 444-1525.