A side-impact collision can lead to serious injuries and, in the most serious cases, fatalities. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a side-impact collision that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. To determine your next steps, you need to reach out to a skilled Wheaton or Schaumburg car accident lawyer without delay. At Therman Law Offices, our team can thoroughly evaluate the facts of your case and guide you through the entire legal process. With over 35 years of combined experience, we have helped many Illinois clients resolve their legal claims and can help you as well.Claims Based on Side-Impact Collisions
Side-impact collisions, also commonly known as T-bone accidents or right-angle collisions, are some of the most deadly accidents on the roads. These accidents take place when the front of one vehicle hits the side of another, forming a T. Side-impact accidents often take place at intersections and may have a variety of causes, including drivers failing to yield to other drivers with the right of way, drivers running stop signs, drivers making a careless left turn, drivers speeding through yellow or red traffic lights, or distracted driving. While the severity of these crashes varies, side-impact collisions may cause the vehicles to spin or even roll over.
The reality is that side-impact accidents are more common than you may think. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that side-impact collisions make up approximately 25 percent of all passenger vehicle fatalities throughout the United States each year. According to the United States Office of Health, Safety, and Security, side-impact collisions also are responsible for over 9,000 deaths each year. The only other type of collision that results in more deaths on an annual basis is head-on collisions.
In Illinois, negligence or fault determines who pays for the damages after an accident. Negligence occurs when an injury or death is caused by a person failing to use reasonable care behind the wheel. Reasonable care is defined as the level of care that a reasonably prudent person would have used under the same or similar circumstances. Illinois uses a modified comparative negligence system, under which a plaintiff may still obtain damages as long as their degree of fault does not exceed 49 percent. In other words, if the plaintiff is 50 percent or more at fault for their injuries, they cannot pursue a personal injury case against the other party.
Side-impact accidents can lead to serious neck, back, and spinal cord injuries, which might be extremely costly to treat. For this reason, victims of side-impact collisions may be entitled to a variety of damages, such as medical bills, property damage, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Of course, the specific amount of the damages will vary depending on the nature and extent of the injuries that the victim suffered. In some cases, the money can come through a settlement award, while in other cases, the money can be awarded by a jury after a trial. Our attorneys will make every effort to settle your case as smoothly and favorably as possible, but we are not afraid to advocate for your rights at trial if needed.Get Advice from an Attorney in Schaumburg or Wheaton Following a Serious Crash
Have you or someone you know been injured in a side-impact collision caused by someone else’s negligence? If so, it is important to understand that you have rights. At Therman Law Offices, our attorneys can assist you throughout the legal process and help protect your rights at every step of the way. You can rest assured that we are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for the harm that they cause. We represent people in Wheaton, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates, Streamwood, Elgin, Bartlett, Hanover Park, Bensenville, Wood Dale, Bloomingdale, and Roselle, among other cities. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call us at 312-588-1900 or contact us online.