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DuPage County personal injury attorney car accident

The year is not even half over and there have already been 137 fatal crashes in Illinois. Car accidents resulting in serious injury or death are not uncommon in Illinois – especially in populous areas like Cook County and DuPage County. Distracted driving, drunk driving, and other forms of negligent driving are often to blame for these accidents. However, the party who is liable for a car crash is not always another driver. In fact, sometimes the liable party is a municipality or government entity.  

Car Accidents Caused by Poorly Designed Roads

We trust that the government will design and construct roads that reduce the risk of car accidents. After all, this is what our taxes help pay for. Mistakes in the design, construction, or maintenance of roads can cause or contribute to crashes. Inadequate road markings, unsafe shoulders, unreasonably complicated intersections, or dangerous exit ramps may all be examples of poor road design. Insufficient or conflicting road signs and traffic signals may increase the chances of an accident at an intersection. Roadside hazards, hidden obstructions, and unmarked construction zones may also be the fault of a government entity.

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Park Ridge personal injury attorney truck accident

A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When a truck collides with another vehicle or a pedestrian, the results are often catastrophic. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a truck crash, you may be interested in pursuing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. An injury claim may allow you to hold the liable party accountable for the truck collision and recover compensation for your damages. However, in order to build a credible claim, you will need to show evidence of the defendant’s negligence, the connection between your injuries and the defendant’s actions, as well as your damages.

Basic Components of a Successful Truck Accident Claim

Most truck accidents occur because a party acted negligently or carelessly. Legal responsibility for the accident may lie with the truck driver, the trucking company, the designer of a defective truck part, or a number of other parties.

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DuPage County personal injury attorney

When another party’s negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing causes someone to be injured, the negligent party may be liable for damages. This means that the injured person is entitled to compensation for the losses they sustained. Financial compensation may be available for the actual expenses incurred by the injury as well as the non-financial losses like pain and suffering. The amount of compensation available in a personal injury claim varies significantly from case to case, but the same basic factors are typically used to determine the compensation awarded.  

The Severity of Your Injuries Will Impact the Value of Your Case

As anyone who has ever received a hospital bill can attest, the cost of medical treatment in the United States can be astronomical. Even seemingly minor injuries such as a laceration or a small fracture can incur steep medical bills. Compensation for past medical bills as well as future medical expenses may be available in a personal injury claim. If your injuries require multiple surgeries, ongoing rehabilitative care such as physical therapy, and other costly treatment, this will increase the potential value of your claim.

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