Southern Illinois Car Accident Attorneys
Each year, millions of Americans are seriously injured, and thousands more killed, in car accidents across the nation. While these crashes can sometimes be attributed to bad weather or other unfortunate circumstances, far too many of them are caused by the negligence of other drivers. If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be able to hold the responsible party legally liable for the harm you have suffered. At the Prince Law Firm, our Carbondale car accident lawyers have over 20 years of experience protecting the rights of victims of negligence. Let us help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Serious Car Accident Injuries are Common in Illinois
There are nearly 9 million licensed drivers in the state of Illinois. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average American driver logs over 13,000 miles on the road every year.
The most recent crash data statistics compiled by the Illinois Department of Transportation show that there were 281,788 motor vehicle accidents in Illinois in 2011. Thankfully, about 70% of these involved only property damage. However, in the same year, Illinois car crashes caused over 84,000 injuries, with nearly 12,000 of those being severe injuries such as fractures and lacerations, as well as skull, chest, and abdominal injuries. Further, 835 of these crashes resulted in 918 fatalities.
If you are injured, or a close family member is killed or seriously injured in a car accident, the results can be devastating. The consequences of a serious vehicle collision may include not only expensive emergency care, complicated surgery, or an extended hospital stay, but can have even further-reaching impacts for victims both physically and financially. A serious injury can impact your ability to attend work, or even to perform your job, perhaps permanently. It can impact your ability to perform normal activities and chores such as driving, walking, or eating. It may require long-term rehabilitative therapy, permanent use of medical supplies or equipment, or even long-term or permanent care, particularly if the injury involves damage to the brain or spine.
Many Car Accidents Are the Result of Negligence
Tragically, a tremendous proportion of serious car accidents are needless in that they are caused not by unforeseeable circumstances, but instead caused by someone’s carelessness. When that happens, a careless driver can be held legally liable. Under Illinois law, a defendant may be held liable for negligence if a plaintiff proves the existence of four elements: duty; breach of duty; causation; and damages.
In the context of car accidents, all drivers have a legal duty to other users of the road to drive safely, which includes following all traffic laws and rules. Unfortunately, many drivers ignore these rules by driving while intoxicated, speeding, texting, or running stoplights. When these infractions cause an accident that results in injury or property damage, the driver can be held financially liable for all the damages he or she causes, including:
- Medical expenses;
- Compensation for time lost from work;
- Property repair or replacement;
- Pain and suffering;
- Permanent disfigurement, disability, or loss of enjoyment of life;
- Loss of income potential; or
- Other applicable damages.
These damages and harms are typically compensated from the careless driver’s insurance company. Because the availability and amount of insurance coverage is so important to obtaining proper compensation for your loss, Prince Law Firm will spend the time and resources necessary to establish any and all potential insurance coverage possible.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident, the Prince Law Firm Can Help
If you have been injured in an accident or have lost a loved one due to a car crash, contact the qualified, experienced Southern Illinois personal injury attorneys at the Prince Law Firm to obtain a free, no obligation case consultation to find out if you may have a valid case for damages. Call us at (618) 997-2111 or use our online form to set up your personal consultation. We proudly represent clients in many local communities, including Carbondale, Murphysboro, Herrin, Marion, Harrisburg, and Benton. Because we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not pay any legal fees unless and until we obtain damages on your behalf.