Whether you drive every day for work or you only use your vehicle to get around town or run errands, you know what it takes to be a safe, roadworthy driver. Unfortunately, not all drivers know how to act behind the wheel. As a result, crashes happen, and unassuming victims sustain serious injuries, emotional trauma, and financial losses. If you’ve been involved in a crash you believe someone else caused, a Wheaton, IL car accident lawyer from Thomas Law Offices can help.
Our law firm is dedicated to helping those in and around the Chicago area recover after a wreck. We understand that pursuing legal action can seem overwhelming—especially when you’d rather focus solely on healing your injuries. When you work with Thomas Law Offices, we’ll handle as much of your injury claim as we can while keeping you informed every step of the way. To get started with your claim, we’ll conduct an investigation to determine what happened. While car accidents happen for a number of reasons, there are some factors relating to negligence that are common in Wheaton crashes.
Car Accidents in Wheaton, Illinois
It only takes a moment of distraction or a single negligent act for someone to cause a car crash. When we start investigating your accident, we’ll collect evidence and look to determine what happened and why.
Distracted driving, speeding, and intoxication are among the most common factors that result in crashes. Anytime a driver isn’t physically and mentally focused on the road in front of them, meaning their hands are on the wheel, eyes are on the road, and mind is focused on the task of driving, they are putting themselves and others at risk. With most distracted driving accidents, technology is involved, like a cellphone or tablet.
There are a number of traffic laws that drivers are supposed to follow. While breaking any of them can result in a wreck, several accidents happen when someone is speeding. The speed limits are set to ensure drivers can maintain as much control as possible over their vehicles. The faster a driver goes, the more likely they are to lose control and strike another car, object, or pedestrian.
In regard to drunk driving, alcohol inhibits both a person’s motor skills and way of thinking. While the legal limit for blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent, even a lesser amount of alcohol can impact how someone drivers. That’s why it’s best to always ensure you have transportation plans if you know you will be consuming alcohol.
No matter what actions caused your crash, a Wheaton attorney from Thomas Law Offices is ready to represent you and fight to ensure you receive what you need to get your life back in order.
Steps to Take After a Car Accident
The actions you take following your crash can significantly impact your ability to recover compensation for your losses. You want to start by evaluating yourself and others for injuries. It’s likely someone else will call 911, such as an onlooker, but you can make the call yourself to seek medical attention and police assistance.
If your vehicle is in a safe area, do not move it. Try to document the scene through photographs or videos and write down what you can remember. If there are witnesses in the area, speak with them, and ask if you can have their contact information. If necessary, your lawyer can contact them for a statement at a later time. When you speak to the police, only tell them what you remember. Do not speculate, and do not apologize.
You’ll also need to obtain information from the other driver involved. This includes their driver’s license number, insurance policy information, name, phone number, address, and license plate number. Your insurance company will need that information to process your claim.
Once you’ve been treated by a doctor and have an idea of what your recovery will look like, it’s time to get in touch with an attorney.
Filing a Car Crash Claim
Not every car accident claim is the same, which is why you’ll want to work with a law firm that gives you the attention and care you deserve. Thomas Law Offices is dedicated to representing accident victims in Wheaton.
Your lawyer will handle conversations with your insurance company and the opposing party’s insurance company. If the claim is determined to be in your favor, you will likely be offered a settlement. Your lawyer will work through negotiations to ensure you receive what you need and deserve.
Depending on the situation, your personal injury attorney may need to take additional measures, like getting an accident reconstructionist involved. Doing so could strengthen your case—especially if you’re receiving a lot of pushback from the opposing party.
The purpose of filing a claim is to obtain the compensation you need to cover your losses. This includes both economic and non-economic losses like lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, the future cost of care, and more.
Contact Thomas Law Offices
If you’ve been the victim of a car accident, you know just how quickly losses and expenses can add up. As the victim of a crash, you deserve every opportunity to make a full recovery. Choosing to take on the insurance company and negligent driver on your own is likely to jeopardize your chances at recovering compensation for your damages you experienced. That’s why it’s crucial to seek legal guidance and representation from a Wheaton car accident lawyer.
Get started with your claim by scheduling a case evaluation with Thomas Law Offices. We’ll evaluate what you’ve been through and give you an idea of what your legal rights and options are. Should you choose to pursue a car accident claim, our law firm will guide you through the process and fight to ensure you receive a full and fair settlement offer. In the event settling isn’t a possibility, we won’t hesitate to take your case to court. Contact us today to learn more.