Accident Reconstruction Specialists
Schaumburg and Wheaton Lawyers Advocating for Auto Crash Victims
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. Establishing fault in car accident cases can be complicated, but in each case we do everything in our power to present the strongest possible evidence on behalf of our clients. At Therman Law Offices, our seasoned Schaumburg and Wheaton car accident attorneys work closely with accident reconstruction specialists to put the pieces together following a collision and maximize your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve.
What is Accident Reconstruction and Who Qualifies as an Expert?
Accident reconstruction refers to the process of recreating the scene of an accident with the help of an expert witness. Through this process, an automobile accident reconstruction specialist will try to determine the most probable reason for an accident. It is important to note that before an automobile accident reconstruction expert can testify in court, his or her qualifications must be established. The expert must have proper skill, experience, training, and education to provide an opinion as an expert. These experts use many different kinds of information to draw conclusions about the accident. These sources can include witnesses, the damaged vehicles, footage of traffic signal violations, police reports, and any other information that could help determine how the accident occurred.
At trial, qualified accident reconstruction experts have been permitted to testify regarding factual observations made over the course of the investigation. In some cases, a court will allow a reconstruction expert to testify about the results of an experiment so long as the experiment was conducted under substantially the same circumstances as the accident, and it helps in revealing something important about the wreck. A professional and experienced accident reconstruction specialist can be a valuable tool in establishing the facts that lead up to the accident. This tool can help you build a stronger case and develop more persuasive evidence to support your claims.
Establishing Fault Through Negligence
In Illinois, the person responsible for causing a crash is responsible for compensating the people hurt in that accident. The vast majority of car crashes are caused by negligence. Negligence takes place when a driver causes an injury by failing to use the level of care that an ordinarily prudent person would have used under the same or similar circumstances. To prevail on a negligence claim, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff to establish the following elements by a preponderance of the evidence: i) the plaintiff was owed a duty of care by the defendant; ii) the defendant breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff; and iii) the defendant’s breach was a direct cause of the accident and the plaintiff’s harm. An experienced accident lawyer can assess whether your claim will be able to fulfill these elements.
It is not uncommon for multiple parties to be partially at fault for a single crash. In such cases, Illinois follows the doctrine of modified comparative negligence under which each party must pay compensation in proportion to his or her percentage of fault. There is one exception to this rule. If a plaintiff is more than 50 percent or more at fault for the accident, he or she is barred from recovering any damages. Put another way, a party who is 50 percent or more at fault for a crash cannot recover any compensation whatsoever.
Skilled Car Accident Lawyers Serving Wheaton and Schaumburg
If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Accident reconstruction specialists can be critical to establishing liability after an auto collision. At Therman Law Offices, our diligent Wheaton and Schaumburg accident attorneys will work to build a strong case on your behalf so you can move on with your life. We understand that this is a stressful time, which is why we will handle your case with the utmost compassion. We take on clients from communities including Schaumburg, Wheaton, Mt. Prospect, Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, Streamwood, Elgin, Bartlett, Hanover Park, Bensenville, Wood Dale, Bloomingdale, and Roselle. Call us today at 312-588-1900 or contact us online.