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Auto & Trucking Accidents in Chicago, IL

Injuries arising from automobile collisions are an unfortunate reality of our busy lives.  Our experience for securing fair and full compensation for the victims of accidents has led us to firmly believe in the importance of the following:

  • Timely investigation
  • Analyzing the Potential Theories
  • Developing a Comprehensive Plan For the Medical Care

Timely investigation

It is absolutely imperative to start an early investigation into the facts of the crash, obtain information as to all persons and entities involved, secure and memorialize witness information, preserve evidence from the vehicles and scene (for example, vehicle data recorders or surveillance video). Our team approach involves our attorneys, our paralegals, our investigator, and where appropriate reconstruction experts to secure as soon as possible the information from the scene, the evidence before spoiliation and the statementizing of witnesses. Delay in aggressive investigating the event is detrimental  to success.

Analyzing the potential theories

The success of any litigation is strategizing what legal theories will most effectively result in recovering full and fair compensation. Often, whether someone has been inured by the fault of another overlooks whether the wrongdoer has sufficient assets and insurance to pay for the injuries caused. This requires knowing the applicable legal theories that provide relief. It requires knowledge of statutes and laws applicable to the operations of a motor vehicle such as the Federal Highway Department of Transportation regulations, the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code and the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). It also requires recognizing insurance coverages such as excess and umbrella policies, underinsured and uninsured motorist coverages and statutory obligations mandating coverage such as applicable to car rentals. And, it is necessary to recognize responsibilities of other persons who were not driving the motor vehicle but should be held accountable. We have a wealth of knowledge on such issues to have a full, overall scheme that allows for a complete and adequate recovery.

Developing a comprehensive plan for the medical care

If you are the victim of an automobile crash, then you may be able to recover compensation from the driver at fault. You must understand your rights, and most importantly, get the medical attention necessary for a full recovery. Recovery is dependent upon such factors as your medical expenses, your future medical expenses, lost income due to your inability to return to work as a result of your injuries, disabilities, loss of enjoyment of life, caretaking issues, disfigurement, pain and suffering experienced and likely to be experienced in the future. It is important to make sure that you recover fully for those elements applicable to your injuries and thus when the matter is either tried or settled, there is comfort that you have secured full compensation.

Contact the experienced Chicago legal team at Schiff Gorman

If you believe to have a claim for automobile negligence, call us today.

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