Chicago Auto Accident Attorneys | What Kind Of Lawyer Do I Need

Millions of Americans suffer car crash injuries in crashes every year. Thousands die. Some wrecks are unavoidable, but most crashes could be prevented. They are caused by someone’s careless acts.
 

Injury lawyers help with accidents that happen every day in Chicago and across Illinois – even to the safest drivers. You can’t control what careless motorists do. But you can take control of your life after a crash. The road to recovery starts by contacting an attorney who will protect your rights, seek the compensation you deserve and ultimately help to lift your burdens.The personal injury lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have decades of experience with helping injured victims and their families in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Clients know they can trust us with their case while they focus on getting better.

Car Accident Settlements

Our attorneys strive to ensure our clients are fully compensated for their losses. We have recovered more than $1 billion on behalf of our clients, with 215 verdicts or car accident settlements of $1 million or more. Our results include:

  • $33.2 million verdict Obtained on behalf of a young man who suffered severe injuries in a Lake County accident. It remains the largest jury verdict in Lake County history.
  • $17.9 million verdict Awarded by a Cook County jury to a woman who was injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer. Shortly before the jury returned its verdict, the case settled for $14 million.
  • $10.8 million partial settlement Obtained on behalf of a Lake County man who was permanently disabled after being struck by a car.
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We take pride in the professional, friendly service we provide to every client. We may work quickly and aggressively – but we always take the time to talk with our clients about their case.
To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today. Call or submit our online form. Our consultations are always free, and they carry no obligations.

Why hire an attorney?

Studies have shown that auto accident victims recover more in damages when represented by an attorney than when they attempt to deal with an auto insurance company on their own.

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The reality is that an accident lawyer can provide a variety of services that are aimed at recovering the maximum amount for you and your family after a car accident. These services include:

  • Thoroughly investigating your accident.
  • Consulting with experts from a variety of fields, including accident reconstruction, mechanical engineering, medical care and life-care planning experts.
  • Closely looking at all insurance policies involved in your case.
  • Ensuring all documents are filed in a timely manner.
  • Aggressively negotiating with the auto insurance company.
  • Presenting a persuasive case on your behalf in court.
  • Resolving any health care or other liens attached to your recovery in a manner that ensures you receive the amount you need to pay for all of your medical expenses and move on in life with financial security.

At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we provide free consultations. We do not charge for our legal services unless we obtain a recovery for you. Our firm has a record of success, including 208 cases that have resulted in awards of $1 million or more.

What Will An Attorney Do For Your Motor Vehicle Accident Claim?

At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we believe it is crucial to conduct an immediate, thorough investigation of a car wreck so as to ensure that no evidence is lost or destroyed. It is critical you contact a Chicago car accident attorney immediately about your car accident claim.

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We can collect extensive evidence in your case, including:

  • The police crash report
  • Photos of the accident scene
  • Photos of the damaged vehicles
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Information from the event data recorder (EDR, or “black box”)
  • Cell phone records and other electronic evidence
  • Manufacturer records or recall information
  • Medical records and work records.

We can also consult with highly qualified experts who can help us to determine:

  • Who caused the accident?
  • Who should be held liable?
  • How much you deserve to recover?

Our goal is to compile enough evidence to establish a solid car accident claim and make the best case possible for full and fair compensation. We aggressively negotiate with insurance companies and use a skilled approach to representing our clients in the courtroom.
As we pursue compensation for our crash clients, our attorneys can search through all possible options, including:

  • The at-fault driver’s liability coverage Illinois law requires drivers to carry liability insurance that pays for bodily injury and property damage they cause others.
  • Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage You are required by Illinois law to have this coverage. It covers bodily injury to you, your passengers, members of your household or others authorized to drive your car if the other driver lacks liability coverage
  • Underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage If you purchase UIM insurance above that of the at-fault driver, you may be entitled to compensation from your own UIM policy. This coverage can pay for bodily injury damages. It covers the difference between your UIM limits and the at-fault driver’s coverage.
  • Other insurance coverage We can review your insurance policy to determine if other types of coverage are available in your case, including medical payments, collision and comprehensive coverage.
Illinois Auto Accident Guide

As we stress to each of our clients: Do not speak with the insurance company unless you have first talked with an attorney. You do not want to say or sign anything that will cost you the chance to obtain a just recovery for your losses after a car crash.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we will conduct a comprehensive review of your case to determine the full extent of your losses and the proper value of your motor vehicle accident claim. We can then negotiate directly with the insurance company or go to court on your behalf to obtain a car accident settlement.
We can also carefully resolve any healthcare, workers’ compensation or other liens that may be attached to your recovery after an auto accident.
 

Car Accident FAQs

What Can I Recover After a Car Accident in Illinois?

A car accident can result in heavy financial losses. According to Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the average costs of crashes during one recent year were:

  • Fatal crashes – $1,479,670
  • “A” injury crashes — $72,580
  • Property damage crashes – $9,280.

(An “A” injury crash is one that results in car crash injuries that prevent a victim from walking, driving or “normally continuing the activities he/she was capable of performing before the injury occurred.”)
The amount that can be recovered in a car accident lawsuit in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois will depend on the case’s unique facts and legal issues, including the availability of insurance coverage. However, the damages typically sought in a car accident lawsuit are:

Vehicle repair or replacementWrecked Cars are expensive to repair. Our car accident lawyers can help.Reimbursement for all necessary repairs to your vehicle or the fair market value for your car if it is declared to be a “total loss”  by the insurance company.
Pain and suffering CompensationCar Accident InjuriesCompensation for all physical and mental suffering that you experience due to being involved in a crash caused by another person.
Payment For Medical BillsAccident Claim for CompensationAll past and future medical costs that arise from the treatment you need due to your accident, including emergency care, surgery, hospitalization, medication, assistive devices and rehabilitation
Emotional distressEmotional Disorder by Crash Anxiety, depression, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other emotional health problems caused by your crash.
Lost Income CompensationLost Wages Compensation All past and future wages that you lose because your injuries prevent you from being able to work and earn a living. Compensation should include all bonuses, commissions, fringe benefits and income you would have earned through self-employment.
Punitive damagesPunitive Damages RecoveryDamages that are intended to punish a party for engaging in especially egregious misconduct such as drunk driving (and to deter that party and others from engaging in similar conduct in the future).

If you lost a loved one in a car accident, you may be able to seek coverage of all medical costs as well as:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost financial support
  • Loss of consortium or loss of companionship.

If your own negligence partially contributed to an auto accident, you may still be able to recover damages. Your recovery would be reduced according to your percentage of fault. If you were 51 percent or more at fault, you would be barred from recovering anything unless the other party was engaged in reckless conduct such as drunk driving.

Car Accident Do’s and Don’ts from our Lawyers

Key steps to take and mistakes to avoid if you have been in a crash in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois.

Car Accident Do's & Don'ts
Download our free pdf on the Do’s and Don’ts of car accidents. Our Chicago auto accident lawyers have put together a quick checklist of items you should and should not do after you have been involved in a vehicle collision.

 Read Our Guide – Six Key Steps After a Car Accident

6 key steps after a car accident

 
Following up the Do’s and Don’ts of car accidents is this downloadable pdf on the 6 key steps to take after a car accident. If you have been in a car wreck before then you know how stressful and chaotic it can be. Follow these steps to insure you are properly covered after you have been in an accident.

Illinois Motor Vehicle Accident Facts

You are not alone when it comes to getting into a car accident. Many others face the same challenges as you after a crash.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reports that 296,049 auto accidents occurred in our state in one recent year, or a rate of 811 crashes per day. Those crashes caused:

  • 61,084 injuries
  • 845 deaths.

The following car accident facts break it down by county. The majority of those crashes – 69 percent – occurred in Cook County and its five bordering counties. As these stats show, driving can be especially dangerous in Chicago and surrounding areas, which may be due in part to the high volume of traffic, heavy road construction and large number of pedestrians and bicyclists who share the road with vehicles in our region:
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The key is to take charge after an auto accident. You must act right away to protect your legal rights and increase your chances of obtaining a full recovery for the physical, mental and financial harm you have suffered. Like many others who have been impacted by a crash, you can move on in life with a sense of security.

Types of Accidents in Chicago and Illinois

The types of car accidents that we most commonly encounter when working with injured victims and their families in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois include:

Uber & Lyft AccidentsAll of these services involve drivers who use their own cars to transport passengers. In this sense, the drivers with these ride-hailing companies are just like any other drivers you may encounter. Ridersharing drivers can engage in the types of careless and reckless conduct that causes accidents
Drunk DrivingWoman drinking on carIDOT reports that roughly one-third (30.4 percent) of the state’s fatal crashes during a recent year involved alcohol. In some circumstances, the establishment or social host who provided alcohol to the person who caused the crash can be held accountable.
Distracted DrivingDistracted Driving AccidentWhen a person tries to multi-task behind the wheel, it can lead to a crash. Talking on a phone and texting while driving are common examples. Distracted driving also includes interacting with other passengers, eating and drinking, putting on makeup or any other activity that takes one’s attention away from driving.
Speeding AccidentSpeeding Car DriveSpeeding factors into roughly one-third of Illinois auto accidents, IDOT reports. A driver can cause a crash when he or she drives above the posted speed limit or goes too fast for weather and road conditions.
Vehicle DefectsDefective Automobile Part Many car accidents are not caused by driver error but rather by a defective automobile or automotive part such as brakes, tires, or steering. In some cases, a crash victim’s injuries are made worse by a defective safety feature such as an airbag or seatbelt.
Highway Construction AccidentsHighway Construction Site AccidentEven slight misplacement of equipment or road markers in a highway construction zone can create a hazard that endangers the safety of motorists and workers alike. A government agency or its contractors may ultimately be held responsible for.
Head-on CollisionsHead on Cars CollisionA driver can cause devastating harm by using poor judgment and attempting to pass a vehicle on a two-lane road or by drifting across the center line due to impairment caused by distraction, alcohol or fatigue.
Truck AccidentTruck Overturned on a Road Commercial truck drivers often cause crashes due to speeding, fatigue, distraction or impairment. Many crashes involving large tractor-trailers (or semis) can be traced to mechanical defects. These crashes can result in severe and often fatal injuries due to the size and weight difference between trucks and passenger cars.
Motorcycle AccidentsGirl with a friend on a Motorcycle Careless mistakes by car drivers and motorcycle riders alike can lead to deadly accidents, including following too closely or trying to share the same lane. IDOT reports that motorcycle crashes accounted for 16 percent of the state’s traffic fatalities during a recent year.
Pedestrian AccidentHit Pedestrian Crossing or Walking StreetsA driver failing to keep a proper lookout, rushing to beat a red light or turning with an obstructed view are common causes of crashes that occur at intersections in Chicago and other areas of Illinois.
Traffic AccidentsCrashed Car A driver can cause devastating harm by using poor judgment and attempting to pass a vehicle on a two-lane road or by drifting across the center line due to impairment caused by distraction, alcohol or fatigue.
Teen Driving AccidentsTeen Driving the car Distracted driving is a particular concern when it comes to young, inexperienced drivers. A recently published AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study found that distraction played a role in 58 percent of teen crashes, including 76 percent of rear-end accidents.
Side Impact AccidentAngle Car Crashes or T-bone CollisionsThese are also known as angle crashes or T-bone collisions. They commonly occur at intersections. They can produce severe injuries due to the lack of protection most cars provide on the sides.
Drowsy Driving Accidentsman sleeping in carFatigue can have an impairing effect on a driver that is on par with alcohol or drugs. In fact, one recently published study estimated that fatigue plays a role in 6-10 percent of all motor vehicle accidents.
Rear End AccidentsRear End AccidentsIDOT statistics show that these are the most common type of car accident in our state. In a recent year, there were 84,000 rear-end collisions in Illinois. They often are caused by a driver “tailgating” a car in front or failing to pay attention as he or she approaches a red light or stop sign at an intersection.
Drugged Driving AccidentsPrescription Drugs while drivingA recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) roadside survey revealed a significant increase in the number of drivers who use illegal and prescription drugs while driving.
Reckless Driving Reckless Driving Speeding, running a red light, tailgating, weaving in-and-out of traffic, refusing to yield the right of way – these are all forms of reckless driving (also called “aggressive driving”) that puts others in danger.

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