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How Can I Seek Compensation for a Hit-and-Run Accident in Illinois?

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IL accident lawyerAlthough nobody expects to be involved in a car accident when they get into their vehicle, crashes can occur for many reasons. In some cases, inclement weather and a negligent driver who is going too fast may cause a collision with one or more vehicles. Illinois drivers need to pay attention in order to avoid becoming a statistic. The Chicago-area roadways include Interstates 294 and 90, which are busy with residents traveling in and out of the city. Traffic is typically heavy, although with COVID-19 restrictions in place, many area residents are working from home. However, the state has seen an increase in motor vehicle fatalities due to reckless driving behaviors. In certain situations, a driver may leave the scene of an accident in an attempt to avoid a traffic violation. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you pursue damages if you or your loved one is the victim of a hit-and-run accident.

Dealing with the Aftermath of a Hit-and-Run

It is important for anyone involved in an automobile accident to remain at the scene until first responders arrive. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) will assess injuries and provide immediate medical attention to any passengers who are hurt. Police can make an official report of the crash, which is necessary for insurance purposes.

Failure to stop after an accident, help anyone who is injured, and exchange contact information with other drivers is illegal in Illinois. An experienced attorney can work with you to find information that may help in identifying the driver who fled the scene. This may include the following items:

  • Nearby security camera footage
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Police reports
  • Video or photographs taken at the scene

In cases where the at-fault driver is nowhere to be found or cannot be properly identified, your own auto insurance policy may include uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. Insurance companies are known for offering low payouts, but an experienced attorney can negotiate higher settlements to help pay for lost wages, hospital or doctor bills, as well as auto repairs or the cost of a rental car while your vehicle is being fixed.

In certain situations, if you do not receive adequate compensation from your insurance provider following your accident, then your personal injury lawyer can file a lawsuit against the insurance company.

Contact a Des Plaines Personal Injury Attorney

A car accident can cause devastating consequences. If the driver who caused the crash flees the scene, victims can be unsure of how to proceed. The Quinn Law Group, LLC will fight to protect your rights and advocate for your best interests every step of the way. Our competent Park Ridge car accident lawyers will provide personalized care and attention to detail for your case, including holding negligent parties liable. Prior to practicing law, Attorney Patrick Quinn worked as a legal representative for insurance companies, so he understands the process of seeking compensation for damages. To schedule your free consultation, call our office today at 847-232-7180.

 

Sources:

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K11-402

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K11-401

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K11-406

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