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Millions of Americans are injured in car crashes every year. Thousands die. Some wrecks are unavoidable, but most crashes could be prevented. They are caused by someone’s careless acts.


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  • $33.2 Million Jury Verdict - March 05 2009 LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok...

    $33.2 Million Jury Verdict

    March 05 2009

    LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced they obtained a $33.2 million verdict last night on behalf of a 22-year-old young man, who was injured in a car accident. The trial was heard before the Honorable Christopher Starck who entered judgment on the jury’s verdict in Lake County, Illinois. According to the Jury Verdict Reporter (Law Bulletin Publishing Company), the father and son Salvi legal team—in their first jury trial together – exceeded the previous Lake County verdict record by nearly $10 million.

    On November 19, 2006, William Klairmont, then 18-years-old, was driving intoxicated on Route 43 in Lake Bluff, when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving—crashing into a utility box. The accident paralyzed the vehicle’s passenger, Plaintiff, then 19-years-old, from the chest down. Tests later showed that Klairmont had a blood-alcohol level of 0.146, well above the legal driving limit of 0.08 for adults. The ‘black box’ in Klairmont’s car indicated that seconds before the accident, the vehicle was traveling at 120-miles-per-hour. The trial was only on damages because Klairmont admitted fault. The Plaintiff was not accused of doing anything wrong. During the trial, jurors heard testimony about the Plaintiff’s past and future medical needs, the difficulties of his day-to-day life, and his employability.

    “Fortunately for our client, the vehicle Mr. Klairmont was driving was borrowed by his father’s employer from a second family corporation. Insurance-wise, this should allow our client the opportunity to collect much, if not all, of the verdict,” said Patrick A. Salvi, Sr. and Jim Nyeste, another member of the plaintiff’s legal team.

    In February, the Plaintiff settled with Lauralee Pfeifer of Lake Forest, for her $2.5 million homeowner’s insurance policy limit. Mrs. Pfeifer owned the home at which William Klairmont became intoxicated.

    “The outcome in this case is the recognition by a Lake County jury that our client has suffered a tremendous loss. The jury did the right thing,” said Patrick A. Salvi II. “This verdict will take care of our client’s medical needs for the rest of his life so that he can live as full a life as possible in the face of physical disabilities.”

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In 2010, 927 people died in 858 crashes in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).  An additional 88,937 persons suffered injuries in motor vehicle crashes.

If you or a loved one was injured in a Chicago-area car accident, you have the legal right to hold the at-fault party accountable. For decades, the personal injury attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., have helped victims of serious car crashes obtain money to cover their medical bills, lost earnings, rehabilitation costs, and pain and suffering. We want to help you, too.

Call our Chicago and Waukegan car accident attorneys today at 877-975-7991 or contact us online. We represent clients throughout the Chicagoland area and across Illinois, including residents of Cook and Lake counties. We can provide you with a free, no-obligation initial consultation.

Causes of Chicago Car Accidents

Chicago car accidents can be attributed to a wide variety of causes. The Chicago car accident lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., frequently investigate wrecks with causes that include:

  • Distracted driving – Chicago already has laws banning different types of distracted driving, such as texting while driving or talking on a cell phone behind the wheel. Oak Park officials are currently considering a ban on eating, drinking and applying makeup while driving as well.
  • Driver impairment – More than 350 fatal car crashes in Illinois in 2010 were alcohol-related, according to IDOT. Other forms of impairment include the use of drugs (including illegal substances, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications), fatigue and illness.
  • Defective car parts – Faulty vehicle parts, such as seat belts, accelerator controls, wiring, wheels, tire blowouts and brake failures, can lead to violent and often fatal car crashes.
  • Poor road conditions – Uneven pavement or potholes can cause deadly crashes and life-threatening injuries to motorists. Other threats include foreign obstacles or substances on the road surface. These can cause drivers to swerve suddenly or to overcorrect the vehicle as they try to regain control.
  • Speeding – Driving at speeds exceeding safe conditions based on the weather, road conditions, traffic or the speed of surrounding motorists frequently causes Chicago car crashes.
  • Inadequate road design – Some roads are notorious for being accident “black spots” for many reasons, including alignment, visibility, surface conditions and road markings.

Our Attorneys Help People Hurt In Chicago Car Wrecks

Car accidents lead to all sorts of injuries. Some crashes cause only minor bumps, bruises or soreness. However, other collisions can cause devastating and life-changing damage in just a few seconds.

At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. our car accident attorneys have helped people who have suffered any number of injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – A TBI can result from impact with an object, such as the steering wheel or car dashboard. It can lead to lifelong disabilities.
  • Spinal cord injury – Spinal cord injuries often lead to incapacitating paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia (also called tetraplegia) and hemiplegia.
  • Neck injuries – The highest number of injuries in Chicago-area car wrecks result from rear-end collisions. Neck injuries commonly result from these accidents. The head often whips forward and back in response to the impact. This produces whiplash and other cervical injuries.
  • Broken bones – It is not uncommon for victims of car accidents to suffer broken bones in the arms, legs, knees and wrists. This occurs when they brace for impact with the other vehicle. The fracture may be serious enough to require surgery. It may also require weeks or months to properly heal.
  • Amputation – A body part may be fully severed in the auto crash. Other severe injuries, such as a crushed limb, may require amputation due to tissue damage and heavy bleeding.

How Much Money Will I Get After My Chicago Car Accident?

Studies show that insurance companies pay, on average, almost triple the amount of money in cases where the victim is represented by a car accident lawyer. But every crash has its own set of complexities. How much compensation you receive can be based on a number of factors.

In general, victims of car accidents can receive funds to cover:

  • Medical bills
  • Hospital expenses
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Disfigurement
  • Future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering.

Contact Our Chicago Car Accident Attorneys Today

Proving negligence in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit based on a car crash can be complex. It takes an investment of time, experience and resources. An experienced Chicago car accident lawyer can provide these advantages. Protect yourself and your loved ones by contacting Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case. We represent clients throughout Chicago and Illinois, including those in Cook and Lake counties. Call us today at 877-975-7991 or use our online contact form.





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