Arlington Heights Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents can lead to devastating injuries, financial hardship, and emotional trauma. If you are the victim of a collision in Arlington Heights, you may have grounds to file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver—and the attorneys at Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC can help. Our Arlington Heights car accident lawyers will advocate aggressively for your right to compensation, helping you reach the best possible outcome. Call us today at (312) 586-1700.
Why Choose Us
- Our attorneys have decades of experience representing Illinois residents in their personal injury claims, including car accidents.
- Our firm is dedicated to obtaining maximum compensation in your case. We have recovered over $400 million in settlements and jury verdicts on our clients’ behalf.
- We will always be available to answer your questions and inform you of important updates in your case.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Many factors can contribute to car accidents. Some of these factors are out of our control, such as poor weather or slippery roads. In many cases, however, another driver’s negligence, or recklessness, causes a collision. Some common causes of car accidents include:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Drinking and driving
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
- Running a red light
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Distracted driving
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Poor road conditions, such as potholes
Illinois Car Insurance Laws
In the United States, car insurance laws typically fall into two categories: fault and no-fault. In no-fault states, drivers are responsible for paying for their own losses after an accident, regardless of fault. Every driver holds a form of personal injury protection (PIP) insurance that pays for their damages, such as medical expenses. Illinois, like most states, follows a fault-based insurance system.
Under Illinois’s fault insurance laws, drivers who are responsible for accidents must pay for their victims’ damages. These victims may include other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists. To uphold this financial responsibility, all Illinois drivers must hold the following amounts of liability insurance:
- $25,000 for injury or death to one person per accident
- $50,000 for total injury or death per accident
- $20,000 for property damage per accident
If you are in an accident with a negligent driver, you have three options to pursue compensation. You can file an insurance claim against the driver’s policy, or you can file a personal injury lawsuit in Illinois civil court. If the driver does not have insurance, you can file a claim under your own policy—all car insurance policies in Illinois come with uninsured motorist insurance.
What to Do After an Illinois Car Accident
To secure compensation after a car accident, you will need to prove that the other driver was responsible for the collision. To accomplish this, you will need to take a series of important steps to preserve evidence, seek help, and protect yourself from liability.
- Call 911 and report the accident to law enforcement.
- Seek medical attention and save all records related to your treatment.
- Exchange information with the at-fault driver.
- Ask witnesses in the area for their contact information.
- Take photographs of your injuries, property damage, and the area around the accident.
- Contact a car accident lawyer to discuss your legal options.
Contact an Arlington Heights Car Accident Today
If you are the victim of a car accident in Arlington Heights, you are not alone—and the lawyers at Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC can help. We will guide you through the claims process and advocate for your right to compensation. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and discuss your legal options.