Common Injuries in Car Accidents
Dedicated Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyers Assisting Victims in Chicago
At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, we help individuals who have been hurt by careless drivers in a wide range of situations. When a driver fails to use reasonable care and pay attention to the road, or engages in reckless conduct, they may be held legally accountable for a resulting accident in a civil lawsuit. Our Chicago car accident attorneys are prepared to seek compensation on your behalf. By bringing a personal injury claim under Illinois law, you may enforce your right to recovery. Throughout the entire legal process, our skilled attorneys can provide knowledgeable guidance and explain your rights and obligations.
Common Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Car accident injuries vary depending on the severity of the crash and the particular nature of any individual affected by the crash. Generally, there are two types of injuries caused by car crashes: impact injuries and penetrating injuries. Impact injuries occur when a body party hits the interior of the vehicle, such as a knee hitting the dashboard upon impact. Penetrating injuries are external, such as cuts and scrapes.
Soft tissue injuries refer to damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Connective tissue within the body may stretch in sudden movements, such as the sudden impact of a head being jerked forward or sideways upon impact. A “whiplash” injury to the upper back and neck, for example, is a type of soft tissue injury. Whiplash injuries may result from both low-speed and high-speed collisions.
Head injuries are among the most serious car accident injuries because they may result in lasting cognitive issues. Severe collision impacts may lead to closed head injuries that require long-lasting or even permanent medical care. Additionally, people who suffer a traumatic brain injury may not be aware immediately of the severity of their injury.
People who are hurt by the negligent conduct of others have a right to pursue a legal claim. By filing an injury claim against an at-fault driver after a car crash, a victim or their family is seeking to hold that driver legally accountable. Following car crashes, victims may allege that the defendant driver had been negligent, which means that they failed to act as a reasonable person would have acted under similar circumstances. This duty of care extends to all drivers, whether they are operating a car, motorcycle, or commercial truck. A car crash victim who alleges negligence in a personal injury lawsuit must show that the other person owed them a duty of care, breached this duty, and caused the accident. The victim must also demonstrate the damages that they incurred, including medical documentation of their injuries, the quantifiable costs related to their care, missed wages from work due to the accident, and other costs. Additionally, damages related to emotional pain and suffering and other non-economic damages may be recovered.
Discuss Your Car Accident Case with a Chicago Attorney
Injured individuals and families should receive the financial compensation that they deserve following a motor vehicle collision. The Chicago car accident lawyers at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca have helped victims throughout Illinois pursue settlements and judgments that address their ongoing costs following a crash. For decades, we have represented injured individuals and held negligent drivers accountable for their conduct in Champaign, Aurora, Springfield, Rockford, Quincy, and other communities throughout Kane, Cook, Sangamon, Winnebago, and Adams Counties. Discuss your case with an experienced motor vehicle collision attorney today. We can be reached by phone at 312-724-5846 or online for a free consultation.