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 eighth-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 an 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