Selecting The Best Car Accident Lawyer Bloomington IL Will Make A Big Difference In Your Case
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If you need a car accident lawyer in the Bloomington-Normal area, you will be in good hands at Koth Gregory & Nieminski. We believe our firm is the very best at getting injury victims the compensation they deserve in McLean County for the following reasons:
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Car accidents are by far the most common type of personal injury claim. Approximately 300,000 car accidents occur in Illinois each year. Given the high volume of car accidents, the auto insurance companies are usually not willing to offer a fair settlement for an injury claim until the injured person (1) provides evidence that the other driver was at fault, (2) shows the extent of their injuries, and (3) hires a lawyer with a proven track record of success in the local community.
WHEN SHOULD YOU HIRE A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER BLOOMINGTON IL?
The sooner the better. Waiting can cause several problems.
Some people mistakenly attempt to pursue a car accident claim on their own against the insurance companies who do this all day every day. If the insurance company can find any reason to avoid liability or underpay for the injuries, they will seize the opportunity. Even the most sophisticated person is outmatched. Successfully pursuing a personal injury claim for a car accident in Bloomington-Normal IL requires a local injury lawyer with a reputation for high settlements and favorable jury trial decisions in court.
Non-lawyers, non-injury lawyers, less experienced injury lawyers, and out-of-town lawyers all run into the same problem. The insurance company doesn’t timely communicate or offer a fair settlement because the insurance company doesn’t take them seriously.
The car insurance companies only cooperate with the law firms that win in court. The reason is incentive. If the car insurance company believes they will lose at trial, then they are much more willing to offer a fair settlement to avoid paying a lawyer to defend them in a losing case.
Consistently winning car accident jury trials in McLean County involves a significant amount of time, resources, energy, wisdom, and charisma. Many lawyers are not willing to go to trial for their clients because they lack one or more of these things. Unfortunately, many clients don’t know this when they hire their attorney. But guess who does know… the insurance companies.
TYPES OF MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT CASES
There are several different types of motor vehicle accidents. While many aspects of the personal injury claim will be the same regardless of the type of accident, there are a few important distinctions. For standard car accidents, continue reading. However, if your accident could be classified into one of these other categories, please click the appropriate link to learn more.
1. Wrongful Death
2. Semi-Truck Accidents
3. Motorcycle Accidents
4. Pedestrian Accidents
5. Bicycle Accidents
6. Rideshare Accidents
7. Standard Car Accidents (no death, semi-truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, bicycle, Uber, or Lyft involved).
PROVING THE OTHER DRIVER WAS AT-FAULT
The driver of every vehicle has a responsibility to fellow drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, etc. and that responsibility is referred to as the legal duty to exercise reasonable care.
A driver acts negligently when he or she does something unreasonable. Nearly any breach of the rules of the road such as speeding, not paying attention, failing to use a turn signal, etc. can be considered unreasonable. Your car accident lawyer Bloomington IL can explain to you how the actions of the other driver will likely be perceived by the judge and jury from a legal perspective.
Sometimes the other driver admits to causing the accident or the car crash report from the police is clear. However, if fault is contested, you need an experienced car accident lawyer Bloomington IL to establish the other party’s negligence. This can be done by interviewing and deposing witnesses who saw the accident, obtaining video of the accident from cameras in the area that might have captured it, or using a reconstructionist as an expert witness to demonstrate how the accident occurred.
If you were hurt in a car accident, we encourage you to talk to an experienced car accident lawyer Bloomington IL at Koth Gregory & Nieminski. The lawyers at KGN have been helping injury victims get the compensation they deserve since 1990 so we tell our clients to just focus on getting better and let us handle the insurance companies.
Proving the extent of a person’s injuries from a car accident involves obtaining the medical records, deposing the medical professionals who provided treatment, and sometimes finding other surgeons and specialists to be an expert witness. Koth Gregory & Nieminski has close relationships with several chiropractors and surgeons in Central IL that can help you get the medical attention you need and are easy to work with in litigation.
HOW MUCH COMPENSATION ARE THE INJURIES WORTH?
Severe and permanent injuries can be worth hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars. The compensation is not necessarily just for medical bills. It can also be for pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement, permanent disability, loss of wages, loss of consortium, and emotional distress. Thus, even less severe injuries that heal can still receive significant compensation.
One factor that can impact settlement negotiations is whether the at-fault driver has adequate insurance. If the at-fault driver does not have coverage or has inadequate coverage for the injuries, then your case may involve filing an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim against your own auto insurance company. An experienced car accident lawyer Bloomington IL can help.
The worse the resulting injuries are, the greater the compensation should be, and the more important it is to hire a car accident lawyer Bloomington IL. Injury victims deserve to be adequately compensated when someone else’s negligent behavior causes them harm. We know that severe injuries can make it difficult to drive to our office so we can come to your home if that is more convenient for you. We can also conduct meetings via zoom and over the phone.
TYPES OF INJURIES
The most common car accident injury is whiplash. The muscles in a person’s neck are not designed to withstand the sudden forces that occur in car crashes. The resulting soft tissue damage to the head and neck muscles can be severe. Even the lesser injuries can persist for a long time if not properly treated.
Head, brain, spine, neck, or back, and leg injuries are also very common. Head and brain injuries often result from the force of the collision, especially if the person’s head bangs into something. Spine, neck, and back injuries are often an extension of the whiplash injuries to the neck but can be even worse and require several surgeries. Leg injuries commonly result from the front of the car being severely compressed.
Bad cuts and lacerations from the glass and metal frequently require medical attention as well. However, lacerations typically heal and there is not as much pain and suffering or permanent damage, so these injuries do not typically receive as much compensation.
We have seen all sorts of injuries in our decades of representing injury victims. Having represented several family members and friends who were killed or severely injured in horrific car accidents, these cases are personal for us. We fight for our clients like it is our own case because know how devastating these cases can be. While the process of recovering from injuries is challenging, we hope that our experience helps you relax knowing that you are in good hands.