In a bustling metropolis like the Chicago metro area, it’s no surprise that hundreds of motor vehicle collisions and accidents occur every day. In fact, the Chicago Tribune reported that in 2014, there were an average of 782 motor vehicle accidents every day in Illinois, with nearly half of those happening in Cook County. In addition, there were nearly one thousand (1000) deaths statewide, with 130 of them happening in Chicago, including 34 pedestrians and 3 bicyclists.  Motor vehicle accidents can happen in a split second – just one moment of driver inattention or delayed reaction to changing roadway conditions. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, contact the car accident lawyer team at the Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, LLC at (630) 318-2606. You may be able to recover for your damages.

Vehicles are dangerous, although it’s easy to forget this fact. After years of driving, many drivers become desensitized to the sheer power of a two-ton vehicle. This leads some drivers to careless habits, like texting and driving, drinking and driving, and driving when tired or under the effects of medications like antihistamines. Many drivers have a much higher opinion of their own driving ability than is justified, and put themselves, their passengers, and other drivers at serious risk.  Every year, unsuspecting drivers and passengers suffer serious or even fatal injuries in motor vehicle accidents. If you or someone that you know has been involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, call the Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, LLC.

Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents that We Handle

At the Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, LLC, we have helped clients with vehicle accident claims in Illinois for many years. We have dealt with all of the major car insurance companies on behalf of our clients, and have helped our clients assert their rights under Illinois law. We have dealt with nearly every type of motor vehicle accident, from minor collisions that exacerbated a client’s existing injuries to multi-car pile-ups on the expressway.

We can help you with you almost any kind of motor vehicle accident, including:

  • Rear-end crashes
  • Intersection accidents
  • Hit and run collisions
  • Tow truck accidents
  • Car versus car accidents
  • Multi-vehicle collisions
  • Side-swipe collisions
  • Car versus truck accidents
  • Texting driver accidents
  • Icy road collisions
  • Wet road collisions
  • School zone accidents
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Bicycle crashes
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Drunk driving collisions
  • High driving collisions
  • Fatal vehicle accidents

In fact, we are confident that if you have been injured by the negligent actions of a driver, we can help you with your motor vehicle accident claim. Below is some information about types of accidents that you may have been involved in.

Tow Truck Collisions

Given the sheer size and weight of tow trucks, when a tow truck strikes a car, or even another truck, the damage caused can be catastrophic.  While tow truck crashes often happen when the tow truck is towing another car, which can reduce the maneuverability of a tow truck substantially, a collision with a tow truck can happen at any time.

In addition, collisions with tow trucks involve hazards that are not present with other types of collisions.  For example, tow trucks can come in various configurations, such as hook & chain trucks, wheel-lift trucks, and flatbed trucks, all of which can provide additional hazards.  In addition, improperly loaded tow trucks, or overloaded tow trucks, can be especially hazardous, as the tow truck may not be able to stop properly.

In many cases, tow truck collisions involve not only the driver of the tow truck, but the tow truck’s employer as well, as the employer has a responsibility to hire safe drivers and maintain the tow truck in a safe condition.

Uber, Lyft, and Ride Sharing Accidents

Uber and Lyft are now a part of everyday life in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, and provides rides to hundreds of Chicagoans everyday.  While ride-sharing services have made life easier for many, ride-sharing drivers, like Uber drivers and Lyft drivers, are involved in accidents every day.  If you have been injured by an Uber driver, a Lyft driver, or any other ride-sharing driver, call the Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, LLC; our attorneys are here to help.

We note that our attorneys are familiar with the technology used by Uber & Lyft to track and compensate their drivers.  Accordingly, if you have been injured, we can provide you a leg up in your bid to be fairly compensated.

Drunk Driving Collisions

Drunk drivers account for nearly 30% of all fatal accidents according to information from the CDC.  In Illinois, a non-commercial driver is considered driving under the influence is her blood alcohol content is 0.08% or higher.  Commercial drivers are held to a higher standard, and are considered intoxicated if their blood alcohol content is 0.04% or higher.  If you have been told that you were involved in an accident with a drunk driver, or you believe that the other driver may have been drunk, our attorneys are experienced at uncovering the truth about whether a driver was drinking or not.  Contact the Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, LLC, and we will help you to maximize your recovery for your drunk driving motor vehicle accident.

Icy Roads Accident

Icy roads in the Chicago area are an ever-present threat during the winter months.  Hitting a patch of ice can cause a driver to lose control of her vehicle, and get into an accident with another driver.  If you or someone that you know has been injured due to a motor vehicle accident in icy conditions, then contact the Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, LLC.  We are knowledgeable about icy condition accidents, and can help you maximize your recovery.

Damages Available for Motor Vehicle Accident Cases in Illinois

A motor vehicle settlement or award cannot erase the physical and emotional harm that you suffered, but it can go a long way toward securing your financial future.  In Illinois, motor vehicle accident victims can recover for a number of different damages that are broadly separated into two categories: special damages and general damages. Special damages are economic damages, or those the defendant actually caused. These include:

  • Past and future medical expenses: Ambulance fees, the cost of hospital stays, scans, x-rays, MRIs, medications, treatments, surgeries, and therapies relating to the accident.  If you require lifelong medical care, such as a live-in nurse, the courts will award an amount to cover such costs.
  • Lost wages:  If you missed work because of your injuries, the courts will compensate you for your lost income.  If you are unable to work into the future, the amount of such compensation can be substantial.
  • Property damage:  Property damage covers harm to your possessions, such as your vehicle, or even your house.  The court will order an amount to repair or replace your damaged items, according to reasonable price estimates or testimony from expert witnesses.

General damages include losses that are “non-economic” in nature.  This includes damages such as:

  • Physical pain:  Broken bones, nerve injuries, cuts, scrapes, and other injuries can be extremely painful.  Using medical documentation and testimony from your friends and family and potentially expert witnesses, the court can assign a value to the physical pain that you suffered and include it as part of an award.
  • Emotional suffering / Mental anguish: In some cases, emotional injuries can be recovered as well. Emotional injuries are typically proved up by medical records and the testimony of expert witnesses, such as psychiatrists and therapists.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life:  In some cases, motor vehicle accidents leave plaintiffs as changed persons, with permanent injuries.  In such cases, the victim may have lost the ability to enjoy activities that were her favorites before the crash.  The court can award damages to compensate for such losses.
  • Lost or Diminished Capacity to Earn:  In cases where a victim has permanent injuries, she likely cannot earn as much as she could have prior to the injuries.  The court can add the present value of the expected future income to the plaintiff’s award to compensate her for these losses

Illinois presently has no cap on the amount of general or special damages that motor vehicle accident victims can receive.  Accordingly, if you or someone that you know has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, Illinois does not set any barriers between you and just compensation other than those inherent in the court system.

Fatalities in Illinois Due to Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to the graph above from the Illinois Department of Transportation, you can see vehicle fatalities from 2014 through 2018 – around 1000 people die every year in Illinois due to motor vehicle accidents.

Illinois Motor Vehicle Accident Laws

The motor vehicle accident claim process works differently in every state, and there are even differences between how claims work in the Chicago area and other parts of the state.  In Illinois, if you are in a motor vehicle accident you must file a car accident report if the incident causes death or bodily injury, or results in more than $1,500 in property damage.  The report must be filed with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) no later than 10 days after the accident.  If you call the Sheriff’s department, they will generally prepare and file the car accident report.

In addition, here are a few more things to know about motor vehicle accident laws in Illinois:

  • Car Insurance Requirements:  Every vehicle operator in Illinois must carry car insurance.  The minimum requirements for non-commercial drivers is $25,000 of bodily injury per person per accident, with a $50,000 per accident minimum and $20,000 in property damage coverage.
  • Fault System: Illinois is a “fault” car accident state, meaning that insurance companies will determine fault and liability after a crash before they will agree to pay any bills.  The insurance for the at-fault driver will be responsible for injuries and property damage that results from the crash.
  • Modified Comparative Fault:  Illinois follows a modified comparative negligence law, which means that an injured party can still recover damages even if she is partially responsible for the crash.  However, if the courts find that the plaintiff is 50% or more at fault, she cannot recover anything.
  • Statute of Limitations:  For most motor vehicle accidents, you can file a claim within two years of the crash occurring.

We Can Help!

Attorneys at the Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, LLC have extensive experience dealing with motor vehicle accidents. Our attorneys have helped numerous clients obtain recover for motor vehicle accidents. In addition, we have litigated motor vehicle accidents throughout the state of Illinois.  Reach out to us today and we will quickly set up a time for you to speak with an attorney.