Car Accident Attorney Deerfield and Lake County IL

Have you been in a car accident where you are not at fault? Illinois law provides legal protection that will help you recover damages in the event of a car accident and we are here to help you with the legal process at Heller, Trakhtman and Associates. Learn more about how an experienced car accident attorney in Deerfield and Lake County, IL can help you win your case in the Chicago and Southern Wisconsin area.

How To Report a Car Accident in Illinois

Did you know that in the event of a car accident, you are required by Illinois law to report it, if the accident causes death or injury or does more than $1,500 of property damage? Accident report forms can be provided by the responding officer or obtained at the local police station and should be filed online within 10 days of the accident. Failure to report an accident within 10 days can result in the suspension of your license. Lawsuits must be filed within two years for accidents that cause personal injury and within five years for accidents that cause property damage.

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In the event of an accident where you believe the other driver is negligent, you can file a lawsuit and be compensated for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are defined as property damage to your vehicle, medical expenses and future medical expenses, lost income and additional out-of-a-pocket expenses. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium and additional non-monetary losses.

To prove that a driver is negligent in a car accident, the case must fit three criteria:

  • The other driver did not fulfill their owed duty to drive with a reasonable degree of care.
  • The other driver failed to drive with a reasonable degree of care that resulted in your accident. Example: The driver was texting while driving.
  • You suffered economic or non-economic damages due to the driver’s actions that caused the accident.

How Can We Help with Your Car Accident Lawsuit in the Chicago Area?

Many car accidents may seem simple – but there can be a lot of legal roadblocks that will prevent you from getting the compensation you deserve. Heller, Trakhtman and Associates has more than 75 years of combined legal experience and we want to help you get what you deserve in your case.

Chicago-area drivers in need of an experienced car accident attorney in Deerfield and Lake County, IL will find few better than Heller, Trakhtman and Associates. Contact us today for more information!