Car accidents are unsettling, and when a person is injured in a car accident the person often does not know what things are important to consider when it comes to filing a lawsuit to seek compensation. While the majority of people are rarely involved in car accidents, experienced car accident attorneys handle car accident lawsuits on a daily basis, and are knowledgeable as to how a lawsuit arising out of a car accident should be handled and what compensation the injured party may be able to recover. If you suffered harm in a car accident, it is critical to know what questions to ask an attorney to assess whether another party should be held responsible for your harm and the potential value of your case.
The first and most important thing to ask an attorney is how long you have to pursue damages. While it is prudent to speak with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident, if you do not, it is critical to know when the time will run on your opportunity to file a lawsuit. For example, in Illinois a party seeking compensation for personal injury must typically file a lawsuit within two years of the date of harm, however there are exceptions with shorter one year statute dates. Next, you should ask the attorney who may be liable for your harm. While in many car accident cases one of the drivers involved in the accident causes the accident, in some cases, the accident may be caused by an unsafe vehicle or a roadway that was improperly designed or maintained, or a combination of factors. Thus, there may be multiple parties responsible for causing the accident.
You should then ask the attorney if there are any hurdles to your recovery of compensation. Factors such as your own liability and the loss of evidence may make it more difficult to recover damages, and it is important to have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of your case. You should also ask the attorney what damages you may be able to recover if you are successfully able to prove liability. If you were injured in a car accident, you may be able to recover the cost of any treatment for your injuries, the cost of repairing the damage to your vehicle, and damages for loss of earnings. You may be awarded compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced due to the accident as well. Last, you should ask the attorney what to expect in terms of the timeline for the resolution of your case. The attorney should explain the procedural manner in which a case is handled, and explain each step of the litigation process.
Meet with a Knowledgeable Car Accident Attorney to Discuss Your Case
Car accidents can cause substantial injuries and financial harm and disrupt the lives of the people involved in the accident. If you sustained harm in a car accident, you should meet with a knowledgeable car accident attorney to discuss your case. The skillful car accident attorneys of Abels & Annes, P.C. can answer any questions you have regarding who may be liable for your harm and what compensation you may be able to recover and will guide you through each step of the litigation process. You can contact us at (312) 924-7575 or via the online form to schedule a meeting to discuss your case.