Helping You Move Forward After Car Crashes, Truck Accidents And More
Car, truck and motorcycle accidents happen every day and cause serious injuries, property damage and even fatalities. Whenever you get behind the wheel, you are at risk of serious injury or death. In many cases, this has nothing to do with your own behavior, but rather, the carelessness of other drivers.
Why Should I Hire A Personal Injury Attorney?
The moments, hours and days following an accident are often filled with uncertainty as you begin to adjust to life with your injury. By hiring a skilled attorney, you will have a dedicated team to help investigate the accident, compile important and helpful documents, and work hard to ensure that all-important deadlines are met. When someone else’s negligence harms, injures or bereaves you, you should not have to suffer the consequences alone.
What Types Of Motor Vehicle Accidents Do You Handle?
When two or more passenger vehicles are involved in a collision, we call this a car accident. Common causes of car accidents include:
- Drinking and driving
- Distracted driving
- Texting and cellphone use
- Aggressive driving or road rage
- Unsafe lane changes
- Failing to yield
Sometimes, accidents involve one passenger vehicle and another type of vehicle. Because these accidents are less common, we usually classify them according to the other type of vehicles involved.
Truck accidents occur when one or more commercial trucks collide with another vehicle. Truck accidents have a higher fatality rate than other MVAs due to the size and weight of the vehicles involved. Additionally, shipping companies can be just as at-fault for accidents as truck drivers. Truck accidents can involve many of the same factors as car accidents, as well as:
- Drowsy drivers
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) violations
- Failure to properly load or maintain trucks
Even if passenger vehicles are not involved, an accident that involves a truck is usually called a truck accident. Bicyclists and pedestrians are also susceptible to truck accidents.
Per mile traveled, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than motorists in passenger vehicles. When a car or truck collides with a motorcycle, we call these collisions motorcycle accidents. Many motorcyclists are hit when drivers forget to check their blind spots or make improper turns or lane changes. Intersection accidents are also common for motorcyclists. Without the protection of a vehicle, motorcyclists are more susceptible to serious injury and death.
When a car, truck or motorcycle strikes someone outside of their vehicle, we consider the crash a pedestrian accident. Pedestrian accidents are more common in urban areas and typically result in fractures and other serious injuries. Like motorcyclists, pedestrians do not have many of the protections offered by a vehicle and thus run a higher risk of being killed.
If a driver strikes a bicyclist, we call the accident a bicycle accident. Many times, drivers forget to share the road with bicyclists and cause serious accidents. A bicycle accident can also refer to two bicyclists colliding on a trail.
How Is Liability Determined After An Accident?
After any kind of motor vehicle accident, make sure to check yourself and any passengers for injuries first. If someone is seriously hurt, call 911 and wait for help to arrive. Do not, under any circumstances, leave the scene of an accident.
No matter how minor a crash may seem, you should contact local authorities. If there are no serious injuries, you can call the nearest police station or highway patrol and gather evidence while you wait. Take pictures of the damage to the vehicles and the scene of the collision, and document any injuries you may have. If possible, exchange contact information with the other driver and check to see if anyone witnessed the crash. Once the police arrive, tell them what happened. Avoid speculation and speak in terms of fact.
Request a copy of your police report – this will be a valuable tool for determining liability.
Once you have seen your doctor, received a copy of the police report and compiled any information you have about the accident, contact our attorneys. Even if you don’t want to pursue legal action, our lawyers can help you deal with insurance companies so that you get a fair settlement.
If I am partially at fault in a car accident, can I still obtain compensation?
All states handle this issue differently. Illinois and Indiana are both “comparative fault” states in auto accident cases. Comparative fault means that a plaintiff’s compensation will be reduced by the amount he or she is deemed to have contributed to the accident. This means that even if you were partially at fault, you can still obtain compensation.
These are difficult determinations to make, requiring the experience and knowledge of a trusted team of attorneys.
Contact The Personal Injury Attorneys At Pavich Law Group, P.C., Today
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, you deserve justice and compensation. Our firm can help you get a fair settlement, and we are prepared to take your case to trial if the at-fault parties and their insurance companies do not cooperate.
With over 100 years of combined legal experience, we are familiar with defense tactics and can build you an effective, creative and personally oriented case. When you choose our firm, you will get to work one-on-one with our talented team of attorneys, and you will receive the highest quality legal service available.
We look forward to helping you get your life back after a motor vehicle accident!