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Lake Zurich Car Accident Attorneys

Lake County's Leading Car Crash Attorneys

After a major car accident, people who have been hurt often feel stuck in a cycle of pain and confusion. If you were recently in a car accident, you may be dealing with a destroyed car, an inability to work, and maybe even the death of someone you love. Thinking clearly is probably difficult and there may be days when it is hard to even get out of bed. You may wonder whether it is possible to seek justice from the person who caused the accident. Or, since even a successful lawsuit could not bring back a lost loved one, whether you even want to.

It is impossible for most people to get all the information they need to make these decisions by themselves. Fortunately, you do not have to. The Illinois personal injury lawyers with Salvi Law, Inc. know the law and have the experience to look at your case and give you a sense of your options. While you will ultimately be the person who chooses the path ahead of you, you may learn that you want to file a claim against a person responsible for your pain and suffering. With help from a goodhearted lawyer (yes, there is such a thing) who knows what they are doing, you may get a settlement you badly need to help you pay for your injuries.

The Importance of Comparative Negligence in Illinois Car Accident Cases

In Illinois, the idea of "negligence" (which roughly means "irresponsible actions") is important for figuring out how a car accident happened and who is responsible. While car accidents sometimes happen because of one driver's negligence, there can also be two or more drivers whose actions all contribute to a car accident. "Comparative negligence" is the idea that allows more than one driver to share legal responsibility for an accident.

This is important for understanding how car accident lawsuits work because even if you were partly to blame for causing a crash, you might still be able to file a successful claim and get damages for your injuries. If you are less than 50 percent negligent in a crash, you can usually seek damages from the person or persons who were more responsible.

Why You Should Contact a Car Accident Lawyer Before Talking to an Insurance Company

Once you report an accident to your insurance company, they may start building a case against you. Even though you have been paying your insurance company to represent you, the company's first goal is to look out for its own interests. Many people are surprised to find out how hard it is to get the money they need from their own insurance company or the insurance company of the person who caused an accident. Insurance companies will look for ways to reduce the amount of money they have to pay to victims, including:

  • Hiring professional apologizers - Research shows that when a company apologizes for an accident, people are more likely to accept lower settlement offers.
  • Looking for facts that undermine your case - If an insurance company employee can get you to say that your injuries are not that bad, this could be used against you - even if it is not true. 
  • Try to convince you not to seek a claim - An insurance company can make it seem very hard to pursue a claim against them, hoping that they can stop you before you even start. 

Speaking to an attorney first lets you know what information you should give and what things you can safely say, and prevents you from having to negotiate with an insurance company yourself. An attorney can also ensure that you do not accidentally say something that could harm your case.

Contact a Cook County Car Accident Attorney

At Salvi Law, Inc., we have seen the terrible effects of car accidents firsthand. We use this experience to help our clients get any and all money they are owed. Our firm proudly represents those in the Lake Zurich area, as well as Lake County and Cook County. Contact us online or at 847-721-2499 for a free consultation with one of our Illinois personal injury lawyers.

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