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Who Is Liable for Injuries in a Multi-Car Accident in Illinois?

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Even when motorists practice safe driving techniques, crashes are a fact of life. Winter weather conditions can sometimes cause a chain reaction if cars start to slide on icy roadways and cannot stop. In other scenarios, speeding or distracted driving may lead to a collision. While many auto accidents involve just one or two vehicles, multiple-vehicle car accidents do occur. In these instances, it can be difficult to determine who is truly at fault for the crash, which can complicate the recovery process for the victims. Thankfully, injured parties can recover compensation with help from the law and a seasoned personal injury attorney.

Who Is Financially Responsible in a Crash?

In Illinois, innocent victims of a crash have the right to seek compensation from the person (or persons) who caused the accident. This responsible individual is otherwise known as the “at-fault party.” It is also important to know that there can be multiple at-fault parties in a crash. The amount of compensation that each liable party must cover is determined by their percentage of fault in the crash.

How Is Fault Determined?

In some cases, fault in a crash can be easily determined. However, it is typically a complex process. This is why it is critical for victims to respond appropriately after being involved in a collision (do not apologize, contact law enforcement, take photos, talk to witnesses). Investigators, crash recreation specialists, and law enforcement may get involved to help with examining the evidence and figuring out if negligence by another driver or even a vehicle manufacturer played a role in causing the accident.

The process of determining fault can take a great deal of time, especially if there are multiple at-fault parties, so victims should be prepared. You may be able to use your health insurance to cover medical expenses. Disability coverage through your employer may also lessen the financial blow of being unable to work as you recover from your injuries. Use any resources that you have to keep your family afloat as you go through the process of investigating the accident and negotiating a settlement or pursuing a personal injury lawsuit.

During this time, it is best to avoid speaking to any auto insurance companies, including your own. Insurance providers are known for shorting victims of the compensation they are owed. Insurance agencies may use victims’ financial troubles, stressed mental state, and need for relief against them. Instead, allow your lawyer to handle all aspects of your case. They can negotiate in your favor and protect you from being taken advantage of.

Contact an Arlington Heights Personal Injury Lawyer

Multiple-vehicle pile-ups can be frightening, and they can result in life-threatening injuries. If you or someone you care about has been involved in a multi-car accident, contact the experienced law firm of Newland & Newland LLP. Our qualified and compassionate Palatine car accident attorneys will guide you through the process of seeking damages for your pain and suffering. We have the skills and experience needed to effectively protect your rights, and we will fight for full compensation in every case. Schedule your free phone consultation by calling our office today at 847-797-8000.

 

Source:

http://insurance.illinois.gov/AutoInsurance/auto_other_co_claim.pdf

 

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