Danville Side Impact Crash Lawyers
Today’s cars and trucks are much safer than the ones that were on the road twenty years ago. Almost every year, engineers add advanced new safety features to their designs. However, since many people dislike heavy doors, most vehicles are weak along the sides. Therefore, if a negligent driver plows into the side of another vehicle, or even sideswipes it, the passengers in that vehicle often have inadequate protection.
The compassionate Danville side impact accident lawyers at Patel Law understand the intense pain and suffering these accidents cause. As they recover from their physical injuries, these victims are afraid they will be financially responsible for staggering medical bills and they will receive nothing to compensate them for their emotional distress. So, we build a strong, evidence-based foundation in these cases. Then, once the matter goes to court, we never stop fighting for you.
Car Crash Injuries
Each year, vehicle collisions seriously injure millions of Americans. Some of these serious injuries include:
Head Injuries: The motion of a wreck, as opposed to a trauma impact, often causes a head injury, especially in side impact crashes. This motion causes the brain to slam against the inside of the skull at an unusual angle. The resulting injuries are usually permanent.
Broken Bones: This same side impact motion causes arms and legs to flail wildly. When that happens, they often strike solid objects. The resulting broken bones are very difficult to surgically reconstruct. These wounds also require an extremely long recovery period. Even then, some permanent loss of function is the norm.
Severe Lacerations: Flying shards of broken glass are almost like knife blades. These bits of broken glass usually cause deep lacerations which form permanent scars. This disfigurement is a permanent and visible reminder of the trauma of that car crash.
These injuries are difficult to diagnose and treat. As a result, the average injury-related hospital bill exceeds $100,000. Typically, group health plans cite liability issues and refuse to pay such expenses. This financial pain compounds the physical and emotional pain.
A Danville side impact crash lawyer connects a victim with a doctor who charges nothing upfront, which reduces this financial pain.
Most vehicle collisions aren’t “accidents.” Driver error causes over 98 percent of the car crashes in Illinois. Legally, this error is either ordinary negligence or negligence per se, at least in most cases.
Ordinary negligence is a lack of ordinary care. Most drivers have a duty of reasonable care. They must avoid accidents when possible and always drive defensively. Aggressive driving, like speeding, and impaired driving, like drowsy driving, violate the duty of care.
Aggressive drivers and impaired drivers often violate safety laws, like the speed limit law or the DUI law. If emergency responders cite a driver for such a violation and that violation substantially caused injury, the tortfeasor (negligent driver) could be responsible for damages as a matter of law.
This responsibility is a legal responsibility. A third party, such as a commercial alcohol provider or the tortfeasor’s employer, could be financially responsible for damages.
After victims/plaintiffs state their cases, the insurance companies have a chance to respond. The comparative fault doctrine is one of the most common insurance company defenses. This legal loophole basically shifts accident blame to the victim. Attorneys must be prepared to deal with this defense and others like it, to ensure maximum compensation.
This compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Reach Out to a Diligent Vermilion County Lawyer
Injury victims are often entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced side impact accident attorney in Danville, contact Patel Law, P.C. Home, hospital, and after-hours visits are available.