If you’ve been in an accident involving injury in Rockford, Illinois, or a surrounding community due to another vehicle failing to stop at a stop sign, you should know the following, as this can establish liability against the other driver if they committed a variation of the offense listed below:
Under 625 ILCS 5/11-1204, a motorist must stop his or her vehicle before entering an intersection. Failure to do so may not only cause a crash, but also cause life-changing injuries to parties involved in a motor vehicle accident. Primarily because of high speeds, these accidents can occur if someone is distracted or otherwise doesn’t see a stop sign when they enter the intersection. Commonly referred to as “side-swipe” or “t-bone” accidents, injuries can include whiplash and neck and shoulder injuries. In more severe circumstances, they can result in roll over accidents or fatal accidents from a collision.
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.
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