Motor Vehicle Accidents in Illinois
At Anesi Ozmon, we represent individuals who have been injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents, as well as the surviving family members of fatal auto accident victims. Since 1955, our firm has successfully helped clients throughout Illinois recover the fair compensation they were owed and the justice they deserved after being harmed by the negligence of others. If you or someone you love was involved in a serious motor vehicle collision, reach out to our Chicago car accident attorneys right away to learn how we can help you get back on your feet.
How Anesi Ozmon Can Help with Your Auto Accident Claim
Motor vehicle accidents can leave victims with serious injuries and permanent disabilities. Unfortunately, even if you have suffered a catastrophic injury or have lost a loved one in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, insurance companies often make it extremely difficult to obtain fair compensation. By working with an experienced law firm, like Anesi Ozmon, you can better ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to under the law.
We assist clients who have suffered all types of motor vehicle accidents and injuries. Our car accident practice includes:
- Distracted driver accidents
- Drunk driving/DUI accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Teen driving accidents
- Uninsured/underinsured motorists
Whether another driver, the vehicle manufacturer, a mechanic, or another party was at fault in your accident, our Chicago auto attorneys can help you seek maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We focus our practice exclusively on helping injury victims. Since our founding in 1955, we have recovered substantial, often record-breaking verdicts and settlements for thousands of clients.
How Long Do You Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit in Illinois?
In Illinois, you typically have two years from the date of the accident (or injury) to file a car accident lawsuit. This is known as the statute of limitations and, if it expires, you will be unable to sue the liable party for damages.
After a fatal car accident, eligible surviving individuals also have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or party responsible for the crash. In cases involving property damage only, you have five years to sue the liable person or party for damages.
When Should You Get an Attorney for a Car Accident?
If you were injured in a car accident, it’s always a good idea to reach out to a personal injury attorney who offers free consultations. Even if you think your injury is minor, you never know if that injury could lead to physical therapy, needing a specialist, or other special treatment. An attorney can help you get the maximum compensation possible.
If you’re not sure you can afford treatment, your injury is serious (or you aren’t sure how serious it is), or you missed work due to your injuries, getting the opinion of a personal injury attorney is crucial. You will almost certainly have to deal with insurance companies and they will focus on paying you the least amount possible. An experienced Chicago car accident attorney will take you seriously and represent your best interests.
Why Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
If you were recently involved in a car accident, you are likely facing significant hardships. From getting proper medical attention to managing everyday expenses while out of work, you should be focused on taking care of yourself and your physical recovery—not on dealing with the insurance company and fighting for a fair settlement.
Unfortunately, insurance companies often do everything they can to avoid paying claimants the full amount they are owed. The insurance adjuster may try to assign you more than 50 percent of the blame, or they may insist that your injuries were a preexisting condition. This can negatively impact your recovery and may prohibit you from seeking compensation at all.
When you work with our Chicago car accident attorneys, however, we can handle all interactions with the insurance company on your behalf. We know how to counter common insurance company tactics used to dispute or deny claims, and we have a long history of success in securing favorable settlements for our clients. Whenever necessary, we are prepared to take cases to trial and represent the interests of our clients in court.
Request a Complimentary Consultation Today
If you or someone you love was involved in a serious automobile accident in Chicago or the surrounding areas, get in touch with our firm right away and put a powerful team on your side. At Anesi Ozmon, our attorneys offer a compassionate and collaborative approach, providing clients with direct communication and personal attention throughout the legal process. As a client, you will even receive our cellphone numbers, so you always have access to your attorney.
Our firm offers contingency fees, meaning we only get paid if you do. There are no upfront or out-of-pocket expenses when you hire our firm, and our attorneys only collect legal fees if they recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
Illinois is not a no-fault state when it comes to car accidents and insurance claims. In states that follow a no-fault system, motorists are required to carry some form of personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. After an accident, victims can file PIP claims with their auto insurance providers and receive compensation for some damages, regardless of fault.
However, in states that follow a traditional fault-based system, like Illinois, most accident victims must bring claims against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. This almost always involves proving that the other driver (or another party) was to blame for the accident.
If you are found to be 50 percent or more to blame, you cannot file a claim for damages. Additionally, if you are found to be less than 50 percent at fault for the accident that caused your injuries, while you can still file a claim, your recovery will be reduced. Specifically, the amount you are seeking in damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault. So, if you are found to be 25 percent to blame, you can only recover 75 percent of your damages.
In many cases, the other party may be at fault for your accident with:
- Violated traffic laws
- Drove while distracted
- Were texting and driving
- Made a dangerous or illegal turn
- Followed too closely (“tailgating”)
- Merged or changed lanes unsafely
- Acted recklessly or aggressively
- Ran a red light or stop sign
- Drove under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failed to yield the right of way
If the other driver was negligent in any way, you could have a case. In Illinois, you do not have to prove that the other party was entirely at fault for the accident, only that they were more at fault than you.
For more than 60 years, Illinoisans have entrusted their personal injury and workers’ compensation matters to us. We believe in keeping our clients informed of where their cases are and what lies ahead. When you have questions, we will patiently answer all the questions you may have about the legal process.
We Handle Your Case, So You Can Recover
We understand the uncertainty you face and aim to provide you peace of mind. Clients may worry about making ends meet while missing work because of injuries or staying out of debt from medical bills. Our aim is to go above and beyond what you expect so that you can focus on recovery.
Work Directly With Your Attorney
Our firm believes that in order be a successful team, we need to work directly with our clients. Not only do you get to work directly with your attorney, but you always have access to their direct number to ensure your questions never go unanswered.
Personalized Strategies & Results
At Anesi Ozmon, we believe that no two situations are alike. Thus, we work to not only learn about your case but also about what unique goals and needs you may have in order to provide you with legal counsel customized to you.
Protecting the Injured Since 1955
Anesi Ozmon has four generations of leaders and decades of experience protecting the rights of those injured. When you come to our office, you don't just get our team, you get our history.