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Wrong Way Car Accidents
Helping Clients Recover After a Dangerous Car Crash
Driving in the Chicago area is intimidating enough without having to worry about one-way streets. If a driver is not familiar with a certain part of the Windy City, it is all too easy to make a wrong turn and drive the wrong way down a one-way road or highway. When a driver is impaired or not paying adequate attention, the chances of this type of mistake substantially increase. Wrong way drivers can cause devastating crashes and all motorists and passengers involved can suffer life-changing injuries as a result.
Car accidents happen in many ways and when you least expect it. Anytime you are on the road, you are at risk of suffering injuries in a wrong way crash. The law firm of Abels & Annes helps accident victims who suffered preventable injuries because of another driver’s negligence. We handle your legal claim so you can focus on your treatment and recovery from your injuries. If you would like to discuss your rights after any type of collision, please call 312-924-7575 or contact our office today.
Causes of Wrong Way Accidents
Drivers may find themselves heading the wrong way down a street for a variety of reasons. Drivers who are unfamiliar with a certain neighborhood may not be aware that a certain street is one-way and turn onto it without seeing a one-way sign. Many wrong way drivers are simply not paying adequate attention or may not be able to fully focus on the road. Some major causes of wrong-way driving include the following:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
Some drivers may purposely drive the wrong way if they are trying to take a shortcut. In these situations, a driver may purposely choose to violate traffic laws to save time and cut corners.
No matter why a driver ended up moving the wrong way, doing so is incredibly dangerous. Wrong-way accidents are often head-on collisions with double the forces involved in a collision with a stationary object, a stopped vehicle, or a vehicle moving in the same direction. The impact can be devastating, making head-on collisions some of the most deadly of all motor vehicle accidents. There is no excuse for a distracted, impaired, or otherwise negligent driver who causes a head-on collision by driving the wrong direction down a street. If you suffered injuries in a wrong way collision, you need legal representation you can trust as soon as possible.
Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable
Victims of negligence on the road should not have to incur serious financial and noneconomic losses because another driver made dangerous choices. Instead, the negligent driver who was going the wrong way should be held responsible all the resulting injuries and losses. Your specific losses will depend on the type of injury you suffered, the severity of the injury, and how the injury affected your life. Even seemingly minor injuries can result in surprising costs. Some common losses in serious car accident cases include:
- Costs of medical treatment
- Estimated costs of expected future treatment
- Lost wages
- Estimated lost earnings in the future
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injuries and impairments
If you have been injured in an accident, you do not want to risk losing the compensation you deserve by trying to handle a claim on your own or waiting too long to call a lawyer for help. Without the right law firm handling your case, you may not be able to obtain the amount of compensation you deserve—and need—to recover from your injuries and move forward with your life.
Handling Every Step of Injury Claims
The first step toward recovering compensation for injuries incurred in a car accident is to file a claim with the insurance company of the negligent driver. You may think that the insurance process will be a simple one because an insurer is supposed to cover the losses of accident victims. However, in reality, auto insurance companies are seeking to collect premiums while keeping payouts low so they can increase their profits. This means that even if you have a valid claim, it can be challenging to receive the payment you deserve.
An insurance adjuster may have tactics to try to limit your settlement offer, which may include:
- Claim you were partially or totally liable for the crash
- Challenge whether your injuries were as severe as you claim
- Dispute whether all medical treatment or missed work was necessary
- Question whether all of your injuries actually resulted from the crash in question
- Claim that you failed to provide adequate documentation
- Make a lowball settlement offer when you need to pay medical bills
- Needlessly delay or wrongfully deny your claim
Most initial insurance settlement offers are much less than a claimant deserves. However, many claimants unknowingly accept the first offer, not realizing they have other options. Lowball offers always require the victim to sign a waiver and release, which prevents them from filing any additional claims down the line or from taking the matter to civil court. We have seen too many people lose out on important compensation - to which they were entitled by law - because they did not have the right car accident lawyer representing them during negotiations with an insurer.
Our attorneys will review every settlement offer and determine whether it is fair. We know how to negotiate to obtain a higher amount whenever possible. We also can advise you when it may be time to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party to reach a settlement through litigation. Car accident litigation can be more complex than you may imagine, and it is critical to have a law firm with applicable experience in court, especially if you have suffered catastrophic injuries.
Overall, getting hit by a wrong way driver can be terrifying, as can the financial and noneconomic losses that accompany your injuries. If you were hit by a wrong way driver, you should not hesitate to exercise your legal rights.
Consult with a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer for Free Today
At the Chicago law firm of Abels & Annes, P.C., we have handled many types of car accident cases involving a variety of collisions. We are committed to representing the rights of seriously injured accident victims and their families. To schedule your free initial case evaluation with a member of our team, please call 312-924-7575 or contact us online today.