It is important to recognize that auto accidents can happen almost anywhere, and even a low-speed, rear-end collision can result in a serious whiplash injury. In many cases, car accident injuries are more severe, and sometimes injuries can be permanently debilitating and even fatal. According to a fact sheet from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 914 fatal crashes occurred in Illinois in 2015, and there were 998 fatalities. The IIHS reports that a majority of fatal collisions occur in urban areas, but they can also take place on rural roads.
While we cannot necessarily plan for the aftermath of a car accident, we can take steps to prevent them by driving carefully and following the rules of the road. When another driver’s negligence causes a severe accident and personal injuries, it is important to hold that driver accountable. An aggressive Oak Park car accident lawyer can help.
When you are thinking about filing a car accident lawsuit, it is important to know how the statute of limitations works. The statute of limitations is a time period in which an injury victim must file a lawsuit or else lose the right to seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim. Under Illinois law, there is a two-year statute of limitations in personal injury lawsuits. Personal injury law is a broad area of the law that includes car accident claims, and as such, car accident victims must abide by this statute of limitations.
What does this mean in practice? In short, in most cases you must file your lawsuit within two years from the date of your injury (which is also the date of the accident). An auto accident lawyer in Oak Park can get started on your case today.
At Arami Law, we help car accident victims who have suffered a wide variety of personal injuries, such as:
One of the more common types of car accident injuries is a particular type of neck injury known as “whiplash.” According to a fact sheet from the Mayo Clinic, whiplash is caused by a “forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip.” The fact sheet explains that “whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end auto accident.” Frequent symptoms of whiplash include pain in the neck, a stiff neck, and/or headaches, but it can take hours and sometimes even days for these symptoms to appear. As such, it is extremely important to seek medical attention immediately after you are involved in a car accident.
Even if you think you might have been partially at fault for the accident in which you sustained your injuries, Illinois law still may permit you to recover damages. An experienced car accident lawyer in Oak Park can discuss Illinois’s modified comparative negligence rule with you and can help you to get started on filing your car accident lawsuit. Contact Arami Law to learn more about the services we provide.
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