Many Illinois residents spend a significant portion of their lives in the car. Whether commuting to work, chauffeuring the kids, or traveling for pleasure, car travel is a necessary part of the day. A car accident can occur at any time and when one least expects it, injuring the driver and passengers. Unfortunately, serious accidents can result in catastrophic injuries to victims. The cost of medical treatments, lost wages, and the potential of being permanently impacted physically, emotionally, and financially can be overwhelming. In such cases, victims should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident occurs. Damon Young is a Peoria car accident lawyer with experience in these matters. He also represents clients in Bloomington and throughout Central Illinois. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Aggressive Peoria attorney assisting auto accident victims
People are required to obey traffic laws once they get behind the wheel of a car. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If the other driver breached their duty of driving safely thereby causing an accident, an Illinois resident may recover damages from the responsible party. Common examples of violations that cause car accidents include:
- Reckless driving
- Following too close and causing a rear-end collision
- Running a stop sign or traffic light
- Driving while intoxicated
Shortly after an accident occurs, the victim may be contacted by the defendant’s insurance carrier. After counsel is retained, they will notify the insurance company that you are represented by an attorney and handle the communications with the adjuster from that point forward. Once a victim’s damages can be accurately measured, a settlement demand will be sent to the insurer along with evidence of the defendant’s liability. Evidence may include police reports, witness statements, expert opinions, and more. If a settlement is not reachable, your attorney will proceed to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires. Cases that are not settled will conclude with a trial by jury. The jurors will decide the issue of liability and damages. This is a complicated process and it is important to retain counsel experienced in handling such matters.
Under Illinois law, those injured in a car crash can potentially recover for their injuries even if they were partially at fault. This is because Illinois has adopted a “modified comparative fault” standard. As long as the victim is not more than fifty percent responsible for the accident, then Illinois law will allow an injured party to be compensated. The victim’s damages may be reduced proportionately by their level of responsibility. The comparative fault theory can be complicated and may result in significantly reduced damages. Experienced personal injury counsel can help present an effective case on your behalf.
Damon Young is a Peoria personal injury lawyer with experience in car crash cases. He will conduct a free consultation to understand your side of the story and explain what to expect during the legal process. Damon will meet you at the hospital or your home if your injuries prevent you from traveling. Once retained, he will notify the defendants’ insurance companies that he is representing you in the case and handle the communication with them going forward. It is important to remember that the insurance adjusters may try to pressure victims into accepting hasty settlement offers. Damon is experienced in negotiating with insurance companies and will advise you on settlement terms. He will retain expert witnesses to establish liability and estimate the damages to which you may be entitled. He will aggressively negotiate settlement terms on your behalf and, if necessary, vigorously represent you at trial. Throughout the process, Damon will communicate case updates with you so that you stay informed every step of the way. Contact us online or by telephone as soon as possible after the accident to speak with a lawyer.
Illinois attorney providing quality service to the victims of car wrecks
Damon understands that if you have been injured in an accident, you have been through enough. He takes a hands-on approach to protecting victims’ rights. Damon is dedicated to vigorously representing his clients throughout settlement negotiations and at trial, if necessary. Our office is committed to providing the highest level of customer service to our clients. We maintain regular attorney-client communication with clients throughout the case. We strive to promptly answer client inquiries. Contact our office today to speak with an attorney.
In addition to Peoria, our firm also serves clients in the Illinois cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington.