Millions of Americans suffer car crash injuries in 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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The personal injury lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have decades of experience with helping crash victims and their families in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Clients know they can trust us with their case while they focus on getting better.
Our attorneys strive to ensure our clients are fully compensated for their losses. We have recovered more than $1 billion on behalf of our clients, with 215 verdicts or car accident settlements of $1 million or more. Our results include:
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Studies have shown that auto accident victims recover more in damages when represented by an attorney than when they attempt to deal with an auto insurance company on their own.
The reality is that a lawyer can provide a variety of services that are aimed at recovering the maximum amount for you and your family after a car accident. These services include:
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we provide free consultations. We do not charge for our legal services unless we obtain a recovery for you. Our firm has a record of success, including 208 cases that have resulted in awards of $1 million or more.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we believe it is crucial to conduct an immediate, thorough investigation of a car wreck so as to ensure that no evidence is lost or destroyed. It is critical you contact a Chicago accident attorney immediately about your car accident claim.
We can collect extensive evidence in your case, including:
We can also consult with highly qualified experts who can help us to determine:
Our goal is to compile enough evidence to establish a solid car accident claim and make the best case possible for full and fair compensation. We aggressively negotiate with insurance companies and use a skilled approach to representing our clients in the courtroom.
As we pursue compensation for our crash clients, our attorneys can search through all possible options, including:
As we stress to each of our clients: Do not speak with the insurance company unless you have first talked with an attorney. You do not want to say or sign anything that will cost you the chance to obtain a just recovery for your losses after a car crash.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we will conduct a comprehensive review of your case to determine the full extent of your losses and the proper value of your motor vehicle accident claim. We can then negotiate directly with the insurance company or go to court on your behalf to obtain a car accident settlement.
We can also carefully resolve any healthcare, workers’ compensation or other liens that may be attached to your recovery after an auto accident.
A car accident can result in heavy financial losses. According to Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the average costs of crashes during one recent year were:
(An “A” injury crash is one that results in car crash injuries that prevent a victim from walking, driving or “normally continuing the activities he/she was capable of performing before the injury occurred.”)
The amount that can be recovered in a car accident lawsuit in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois will depend on the case’s unique facts and legal issues, including the availability of insurance coverage. However, the damages typically sought in a car accident lawsuit are:
If you lost a loved one in a car accident, you may be able to seek coverage of all medical costs as well as:
If your own negligence partially contributed to an auto accident, you may still be able to recover damages. Your recovery would be reduced according to your percentage of fault. If you were 51 percent or more at fault, you would be barred from recovering anything unless the other party was engaged in reckless conduct such as drunk driving.
Key steps to take and mistakes to avoid if you have been in a crash in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois.
Following up the Do’s and Don’ts of car accidents is this downloadable pdf on the 6 key steps to take after a car accident. If you have been in a car wreck before then you know how stressful and chaotic it can be. Follow these steps to insure you are properly covered after you have been in an accident.
You are not alone when it comes to getting into a car accident. Many others face the same challenges as you after a crash.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reports that 296,049 auto accidents occurred in our state in one recent year, or a rate of 811 crashes per day. Those crashes caused:
The following car accident facts break it down by county. The majority of those crashes – 69 percent – occurred in Cook County and its five bordering counties. As these stats show, driving can be especially dangerous in Chicago and surrounding areas, which may be due in part to the high volume of traffic, heavy road construction and large number of pedestrians and bicyclists who share the road with vehicles in our region:
The key is to take charge after an auto accident. You must act right away to protect your legal rights and increase your chances of obtaining a full recovery for the physical, mental and financial harm you have suffered. Like many others who have been impacted by a crash, you can move on in life with a sense of security.
The types of car accidents that we most commonly encounter when working with crash victims and their families in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois include:
IDOT reports that roughly one-third (30.4 percent) of the state’s fatal crashes during a recent year involved alcohol. In some circumstances, the establishment or social host who provided alcohol to the person who caused the crash can be held accountable. Read more on Drunk Driving.
When a person tries to multi-task behind the wheel, it can lead to a crash. Talking on a phone and texting while driving are common examples. Distracted driving also includes interacting with other passengers, eating and drinking, putting on makeup or any other activity that takes one’s attention away from driving. Read more on Distracted Driving
Speeding factors into roughly one-third of Illinois auto accidents, IDOT reports. A driver can cause a crash when he or she drives above the posted speed limit or goes too fast for weather and road conditions. Read more on speeding.
Even slight misplacement of equipment or road markers in a highway construction zone can create a hazard that endangers the safety of motorists and workers alike. A government agency or its contractors may ultimately be held responsible for. Read more about highway construction accidents.
A driver can cause devastating harm by using poor judgment and attempting to pass a vehicle on a two-lane road or by drifting across the center line due to impairment caused by distraction, alcohol or fatigue. Click to learn more about head-on collisions.
Commercial truck drivers often cause crashes due to speeding, fatigue, distraction or impairment. Many crashes involving large tractor-trailers (or semis) can be traced to mechanical defects. These crashes can result in severe and often fatal injuries due to the size and weight difference between trucks and passenger cars. More about truck accidents.
Careless mistakes by car drivers and motorcycle riders alike can lead to deadly accidents, including following too closely or trying to share the same lane. IDOT reports that motorcycle crashes accounted for 16 percent of the state’s traffic fatalities during a recent year. More about motorcycle accidents.
A driver failing to keep a proper lookout, rushing to beat a red light or turning with an obstructed view are common causes of crashes that occur at intersections in Chicago and other areas of Illinois. More about Pedestrian Accidents.
A driver can cause devastating harm by using poor judgment and attempting to pass a vehicle on a two-lane road or by drifting across the center line due to impairment caused by distraction, alcohol or fatigue. Click for more.
Distracted driving is a particular concern when it comes to young, inexperienced drivers. A recently published AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study found that distraction played a role in 58 percent of teen crashes, including 76 percent of rear-end accidents. Learn more about Teen Driving Accidents.
These are also known as angle crashes or T-bone collisions. They commonly occur at intersections. They can produce severe injuries due to the lack of protection most cars provide on the sides. More on side impact accidents.
Fatigue can have an impairing effect on a driver that is on par with alcohol or drugs. In fact, one recently published study estimated that fatigue plays a role in 6-10 percent of all motor vehicle accidents. Learn more about Drowsy Driving Dangers.
IDOT statistics show that these are the most common type of car accident in our state. In a recent year, there were 84,000 rear-end collisions in Illinois. They often are caused by a driver “tailgating” a car in front or failing to pay attention as he or she approaches a red light or stop sign at an intersection. Click for more on rear end accidents.
A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) roadside survey revealed a significant increase in the number of drivers who use illegal and prescription drugs while driving. Learn more about driving while on drugs.
Speeding, running a red light, tailgating, weaving in-and-out of traffic, refusing to yield the right of way – these are all forms of reckless driving (also called “aggressive driving”) that puts others in danger. Read more on reckless driving.