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rolling meadows car crash injury lawyerGetting into a car accident can be one of the most devastating events in a person’s life. A severe car accident that results in serious injuries has an obvious physical impact on a person’s life, but according to WebMD, it can have long-lasting psychological effects as well. It is not only very severe accidents that can result in trauma, either. Long-term anxiety, fears, and phobias about riding in a motor vehicle can result after any accident in which a passenger experienced sudden and severe fear.

Mental Injuries Are Injuries Too

There have been a number of recent studies suggesting that at least 30 percent of all people involved in non-fatal accidents have some sort of mental health condition up to one year after the accident occurred. These conditions include post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), persistent anxiety, depression, or phobias up to one year after the accident occurs. Such psychological conditions can be not only detrimental to your health, but also to your relationships, your professional life, and your long-term mobility as well.

Pain and Suffering

This is why pain and suffering reimbursement exists, and compensation may be available for people who have been the victim of car crashes—even if they were not injured physically. Yet laying the groundwork to ensure that your claim is handled properly must begin immediately following the accident.

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 arlington heights car crash lawyerEveryone knows that the right thing to do in the event of a car accident is to stop and share contact information with the other drivers involved. Not only is this the ethical thing to do, but it is also required by law. When a motorist is involved in a collision, he or she must stop his or her vehicle. Failure to stop is considered a “hit-and-run,” and leaving the scene of an accident is a crime in the state of Illinois under most circumstances.

If you were involved in a hit-and-run, you might have suffered severe injuries that incurred significant medical costs in addition to your property damage. You may also be unable to work due to your injuries. You may wonder whether or not you can pursue compensation for these losses through a personal injury lawsuit. Successfully obtaining compensation for a hit-and-run accident can be a challenging process, but it is possible.

Your Next Steps

One of the most crucial steps to take after being involved in a hit-and-run accident is to call the police and get a police report. A police report that describes the details of the accident is an essential element in a personal injury claim and an insurance claim. Furthermore, the sooner you contact the police, the more likely it is that the police will be able to catch the person who hit you. Next, gather information about the accident.

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rolling meadows car accident lawyerThe summer travel season runs from Memorial Day in late May to Labor Day in early September. Unfortunately, with summer travel comes dangers on the country’s streets and highways. In fact, the season has been dubbed the “100 Deadliest Days” by the American Automobile Association (AAA) because roadway fatalities tend to increase during the summer. The danger is especially great for teen drivers, with AAA reporting that teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident compared to their adult counterparts.

Any car accident has the potential to be serious and cause injury to yourself or others. An accident with a teenage driver, however, can be particularly dangerous due to a few behaviors that might have led to your crash.

Distracted Driving

One of the most common reasons for car accidents, in general, is distracted driving. The AAA estimates that distractions play a role in around 60 percent of all car crashes, which is much higher than previously thought. There are many different things that could distract a person while they are driving, both inside and outside of the vehicle. Things such as changing the radio, adjusting the temperature controls, directing attention toward another passenger, putting on makeup, eating or drinking, and using your cell phone can all pose as distractions while driving.

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IL accident lawyerA car accident is one of the most disorienting experiences a person can go through. You may find it hard to even think straight, let alone figure out the best course of action in the immediate aftermath, especially if you have been injured. However, the moments following an accident can have important implications for your health and safety, as well as for your chances of recovering compensation through a personal injury claim.

The better prepared you are for the possibility of a car crash, the more likely you may be to handle it in a way that leads to a more favorable outcome. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can be ready to protect yourself in the wake of a serious accident.

Steps to Take After a Car Crash

If you are injured in a car accident, try to keep these suggestions in mind to help you manage the situation:

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IL accident lawyer There are nearly an infinite number of issues that may cause a car accident. Driving under the influence, reckless driving, inattention to the road, and traffic law violations are some of the most common causes of auto accidents. However, in many cases, more than one factor leads to a car accident. For example, one motorist involved in an accident may have been driving over the speed limit while the other driver is texting and driving. You may wonder, “In car accidents involving shared blame, how is the at-fault driver determined? Can I still recover damages even if I am partially at fault for an accident?”

Comparative Negligence Laws in Illinois

The state of Illinois uses what is known as a “modified comparative negligence” model for shared-fault personal injury cases. In Texas law, this is referred to as “contributory fault.” This means that Illinois courts allow injured individuals to seek compensation for their injuries even if they were partially to blame for the injuries. In fact, as long as an injured party was not more than 50 percent at fault for the incident that caused the injuries, he or she can still bring a court action for damages.

In personal injury claims involving shared fault, the damages awarded to the injured person are reduced according to his or her percentage of fault. Determining each party’s degree of fault is a complicated process. Witness testimony, expert witnesses, physical evidence, and other forms of evidence may be used to determine fault.

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