Illinois Auto Accident Overview

Representing Those Injured in Auto Accidents

The Chicago attorneys of the Phillips Law Offices have been obtaining justice and compensation for clients injured in automobile accidents for more than 65 years.

Illinois auto accident overview

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), someone in the United States is involved in a car accident every 10 seconds. In fact, on average, there are approximately 35,000 automobile accident-related fatalities in the United States each year.

The precise cause of an auto accident is not always immediately apparent. It could be the fault of one or both drivers. It could also be the fault of the state or city responsible for keeping the roads safe. It could even be the fault of the manufacturer of the vehicle or the safety equipment.

Our Illinois car accident lawyers can help you pursue compensation for your injuries

If you suffer injury in an auto accident due to the negligence of someone else, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, it is imperative that you first prove the defendant was negligent, that the negligence is what caused the accident, and that the accident is what caused your injuries. Only then can you bring a lawsuit in order to recover expenses such as property damage, medical costs, economic damages, and emotional and physical pain and suffering.

Because of the complex litigation involved in bringing a lawsuit, you should speak to an experienced Chicago automobile accident lawyer at Phillips Law Offices to receive the compensation you deserve.

What to do if you are in an Illinois car accident

Most states require that, by law, you not leave the scene of an accident without first stopping to see whether there are damages or injuries. You can face criminal prosecution in Chicago for leaving the scene of an auto accident. That is why you need to do the following:

  • Call the police and report the accident.
  • Seek medical attention.
  • Gather the contact information of the other driver, along with insurance information.
  • Take photos of the accident with your cell phone, if possible.
  • Get the names and contact information of all witnesses.
  • Take notes of the events that took place.
  • Call your insurance company.
  • Contact an Illinois car accident lawyer to discuss your case.

Automobile accident statistics

The following statistics underscore the tragedy of automobile accidents in the United States:

  • 40,000 deaths result from auto accidents annually.
  • Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 34.
  • Male drivers are 77 percent more likely to die in a car accident than women.
  • Male drivers 16 to 23 are four times more likely to be involved in a fatal vehicle accident than the average driver.
  • Motorcycle riders are 32 percent more likely to suffer fatal accidents compared to passenger vehicles

If you were involved in an automobile accident, it is important to contact a skilled Illinois auto accident lawyer to understand whether you have any legal options for the damages you suffered.

Serving injured individuals and families in Illinois for more than 65 years

For experienced, aggressive legal advocates, contact the Illinois auto accident law firm of the Phillips Law Offices for a free consultation. Call us today at (312) 470-6765 or contact us online. We serve the injured and their families throughout Illinois.