Many people spend hours on the road each day, whether it be commuting to work or running errands. Unfortunately, every time we enter the roadway, we are placing our safety - and our lives - in the hands of other drivers who may be impaired, reckless, or distracted. When serious car and motorcycle accidents occur, the victims often face the cost of mounting medical bills, property damage, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Our Chicago car and motorcycle accident lawyers understand how devastating auto accidents can be, and our attorneys are dedicated to helping victims receive the maximum compensation they are entitled to under the law.
Learn more about motorcycle and car accidents in Chicago and its surrounding area from our motorcycle and car accident lawyers, below.
About Auto Accidents in Chicago
Car accidents occur every day in and around Chicago, but many people do not know what to do if they are involved in an accident themselves. There are several steps victims of car accidents can take to ensure that they have a strong case, including:
- Document the name and address of the other driver(s), passengers, and witnesses to the accident. It is also helpful to get the names of the insurance companies and policy numbers.
- Note damages to the vehicles, how the accident occurred, and where the accident took place. It is also important to document injuries and take note of whether or not any of the drivers were under the influence.
- Perhaps most importantly, victims of car accidents should NEVER admit fault, even if they think they are responsible.
Victims of car accidents in Chicago or its surrounding area should contact the law firm of Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish immediately after their accident. Retaining an attorney as soon as possible will help to ensure the validity of your claim. Our Chicago car accident lawyers can advise you of your rights and responsibilities, and help you build a solid case. Contact Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish today.
Car Accident FAQs
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding car accidents. If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Chicago car accident attorneys of Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish. We will be happy to answer your questions and concerns.
Q: How many people are injured or killed in car accidents a year?
A: Car accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injury and death each year in Chicago and throughout the United States. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 42,196 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2001, and motor vehicle crashes were the 8th-leading cause of death in the United States among all ages that year. Broken down by age, auto accidents were the leading causes of death for 2-year-olds and then every age from 4 through 33.
Q: What is uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage?
A: Uninsured motorist coverage protects you if you are involved in a auto accident with a driver who doesn't have any insurance to pay for your injuries. Underinsured motorist coverage protects you if the other driver does not have enough insurance to pay for your injuries. In Illinois, drivers are required to have some uninsured motorist coverage, and insurance companies are required to offer a similar amount of underinsured motorist coverage. If you are involved in an accident with an underinsured or uninsured motorist, our Chicago car accident attorneys can help you protect your rights.
Q: Do auto accident victims need to hire a lawyer to receive compensation?
A: No, you do not need to hire our Chicago auto accident attorneys to receive compensation; however, without representation from an experienced lawyer, you may be offered less than what your car accident claim is worth. Our lawyers can:
- Help preserve evidence and interview witnesses
- Ensure you receive medical care
- Help you document your injuries
- Ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled