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Negligent, Careless, or Reckless Driving Accidents
When someone owes a duty to another person, and fails in that duty, they are negligent and liable for any resulting injuries. Negligence is the most common manner in which car accidents occur. Get help from a skilled personal injury attorney in Rockford who will protect your rights when you or a loved one is hurt or killed due to a negligent driving accident.
Examples of Negligent Driving
Below are some common negligent driving case scenarios:
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Failing to properly maintain vehicle
- Running red lights and/or stop signs
- Failing to look both ways before crossing
- Sudden braking
- Not looking for pedestrians
- Not using turn signals
- Failing to use headlights at night
- Ignoring yield signs
- Road rage or aggressive driving
Compensation You Deserve
Under Illinois law, if you are involved in a negligent driving accident, you may be entitled to reimbursement of medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, permanent impairment, lost wages, and property damage. If you or a loved one was killed as a result of a negligent driving accident, you may be entitled recovery under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act (740 ILCS 180/1). Consulting an attorney early on in your case is the best way to ensure that your damages have been properly documented so that you receive fair value for your claim. Also, be sure to seek medical treatment right away if you believe that you have been injured, as more often than not, this is a big factor in the outcome of car accident cases.
Illinois Time Limits
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 Today
If you or a loved one has been injured or involved in a negligent driving accident, we are here to help. For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your negligent or reckless driving-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.