Vans are typically used by families or small organizations traveling to events. These vans can be dangerous for many reasons; whether due to commotion in the vehicle interior during a trip, driver inexperience, or poor maintenance, van accidents can be deadly. If you or a loved one has been involved in a van accident, do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation with our office today to discuss your rights.
Common Injuries Caused by Van Accidents
While there can be no denying the impact of an injury or loss of life caused by an accident, we are committed to making the legal process that follows as stress-free as possible. We understand that the trauma of a motor vehicle accident is difficult to shoulder, and are committed to relieving your anxieties of a legal battle. We fight for our clients and their rights to recovery. Injuries commonly sustained as a result of van accidents can be:
- Broken bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Deep wounds
- Internal bleeding
- Cuts and bruises
What to Do if Involved in a Van Accident
The first thing to do if involved in a van accident is get to safety as soon as possible in order to minimize any resulting injury. After ensuring that you are safe, contact local authorities and follow their instructions. If you need medical attention, seek it right away. Be sure to document the scene of the accident if you are able to and it is safe to do so. Make notes of anything you remember before and after the accident happened, and contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Illinois Time Limits on Filing Suit
Illinois sets a time limit of two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. In most cases, this two-year time limit, known as a “statute of limitations,” begins to run on the date of the accident. Sometimes, however, a statute of limitations might run from the date that you discovered you were injured, rather than the date of the event that injured you. This later date is known as a “discovery date.”
For injury claims against a city or county, you have one year to file a lawsuit. The time limit to sue the state is generally two years, but you must file a formal claim within one year in order to sue.
A qualified personal injury attorney can help guide you through this difficult time and alleviate some of the stress.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your van-related auto accident injury case in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Oregon, Loves Park, Byron, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, call or text message us at (815) 391-0089, or e-mail us 24/7/365. We offer in-office consultations, and routinely make visits to clients’ homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes, and other off-site locations to make retaining our services as easy as possible.