Car accidents are all too frequently caused by drivers who display reckless, careless, or downright dangerous driving habits. Some even flee the scene to avoid consequences. These kinds of drivers can cause serious accidents that lead to catastrophic injury, permanent disability, and even death. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a reckless or negligent driver, you may be eligible for financial compensation from the responsible party. The car accident attorneys at Rubin & Machado’s Chicago office can help you file a claim to recover damages. Please contact our personal injury law firm today to schedule a consultation. Our talented legal team can determine the best way to recover the compensation to which you are justly entitled.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accident causes vary from driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding to hazardous road conditions; one of the most common causes is irresponsible driving. Other causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving (e.g., driving while eating or texting)
- Driving while drowsy
- Mechanical failure/defective auto parts (e.g., defective brakes)
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over one third of all accidents occur at intersections, with 22 percent involving a vehicle turning left.
Why Do I Need a Car Accident Attorney?
Car accident victims are often unfairly compensated for their injuries. Insurance companies are in the business of making money; it’s not in their best interests to pay out large claims to injured victims. Also, most car accident victims are not sure of the worth of their claim, so they may be inclined to accept the first offer they receive from the responsible party’s insurance company. For these reasons, it’s best that injured victims retain legal representation from experienced car accident attorneys who are familiar with filing these types of claims and recovering fair settlements. An experienced attorney can also help you if the insurance company has broken faith and unfairly denied your claim.
Common Injuries from Car Accidents
Injuries from car accidents can range from minor scratches and bruises to traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. Catastrophic injuries require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation – the costs of which can be overwhelming to victims and their families. The car accident attorneys at our firm can help victims and families fight for compensation for hospital bills, lost wages, and other expenses.
Wrongful Death from a Car Accident
Surviving family members of victims killed in a car accident may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their loved one and seek compensation from the party responsible for the accident. Depending on the case, family members may be entitled to receive general damages for the death, in addition to compensation for funeral costs, medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of future wages.
Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, there are several steps you should take to protect yourself. We encourage you to contact the attorneys at Rubin & Machado, serving Chicago and surrounding locations, to schedule a personal consultation.