A husband and wife who were both injured in a crash have filed an accident lawsuit in St. Clair County. According to the Madison-St. Clair Record, the couple sustained serious personal injuries when another driver rear-ended them while their vehicle was stopped at an intersection. An Illinois car accident lawyer filed the complaint on their behalf, asking for over $100,000 in damages to compensate the victims for lost wages and medical bills.
According to the report, the accident was a result of the defendant driver’s failure to stop at the intersection or obey the red light. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers frequently read about and represent clients in similar cases. In Illinois, any driver operating a car, truck, bicycle or any other type of vehicle must use reasonable care when operating their vehicle and strictly follow all signs, lights, and road markings accordingly. Lawsuits are often filed in cases where drivers run stoplights or stop signs, or travel in the wrong direction. This can happen for many reasons, but often it’s a result of:
• Distracted driving • Drowsy driving • Text-messaging or talking on the phone • Intoxication
No matter the circumstances, anytime a driver fails to operate his or her vehicle with reasonable care and another person is injured or killed, the negligent party should be ordered to compensate the victim for damages.
Some car accidents may result in property damage. However, we typically handle cases where someone has suffered significant injury, disability or death in a crash. Along with the injury itself, these accidents can have long-term consequences on the victim and his or her family. For instance, if someone is seriously injured, they must undergo a significant amount of medical care and treatment. Doctor visits, medications, hospital stays, therapy and so forth can quickly add up, leaving the victim or family with thousands of dollars in medical bills. A car accident victim’s recovery can take months or years, and even then the victim may be faced with permanent disabilities. Additionally, when someone is severely injured, they might not be able to work or earn wages. Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits cannot change what happened, but they can help victims receive compensation while holding wrongdoers responsible.
We encourage drivers to always pay attention to signals and signs to protect the safety of other people they share the road with. Our Chicago car accident attorneys have represented a number of victims throughout Illinois in car accident cases and may be able to help you receive fair compensation if you have been injured because of another driver’s mistakes, or if you lost a loved one in a car accident. Contact us to discuss your potential case and how we can help you. Lawsuits not only compensate victims, but also motivate drivers to use reasonable care to avoid being sued.
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