Car accidents happen every day in Chicago and across the state. They have become so commonplace on Illinois roads that people can become desensitized to the fact that car accidents are traumatic and can have devastating consequences. This is true even when you are the only one involved. Data compiled by the Illinois Department of Transportation found that in 2018, there were a total of 319, 146 crashes on Illinois roadways. Over 94,000 people were injured and over 1,000 were killed. 28.7 percent of all fatal crashes in the state involved cars colliding with fixed objects.
Following a single-vehicle crash, you may be scared, hurt, and unsure what to do next. You may feel like because no other cars were involved your only choice is to negotiate with your insurance company and settle for what they offer you. This is a common misconception. At Chapman Injury Lawyers our team of attorneys has experience handling all manner of single-vehicle crash scenarios. We can negotiate with your insurance company to ensure they are treating you fairly and offering you the compensation you are entitled to. We are also able to investigate the circumstances of your crash to determine if another party may be responsible for causing your accident.
At Chapman Injury Lawyers we are committed to helping you get what you need to pay your medical bills and move on from this painful experience. Contact us today at (812) 461-6345 in order to schedule a free consultation.
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What is a Single-Car Accident?
A single-vehicle crash is typically considered to be any type of collision where only one car is damaged as a result of an accident. Common examples of a single-vehicle crash include hitting a deer, sliding off the road after hitting a patch of ice, colliding with a fixed object, or hitting road debris.
Single-vehicle crashes may also result from evasive action. If a car suddenly pulls out in front of you, or someone is driving erratically and you swerve to avoid them, you could be involved in a single-vehicle accident.
When we hear the term single-vehicle accident we automatically think that the driver of the vehicle must be at fault. However, that may not always be the case. There are several situations where you may be forced to suffer the traumatizing consequences of a single-vehicle crash and yet you were not the party responsible for causing the crash itself. How is this possible and who is to blame? Here are some common scenarios that can lead to single-vehicle accidents:
In many of these situations, another individual may be to blame for the circumstances that led to your accident. Those individuals may be held liable for the damage to your property and your medical bills if their negligent actions resulted in you having an accident.
For example, if another driver cuts you off and you take action to avoid a collision but end up in a ditch, that driver may be liable for the crash. If a defective part in your vehicle causes your brakes to fail and you end up being involved in a crash with a pole, the manufacturer may be liable for your injuries.
There may even be situations where an improperly maintained road causes an accident. In that case, a government entity may be liable for the crash. These situations highlight the fact that single-vehicle crashes are not always an open and shut case pinning all blame on the driver of the wrecked vehicle.
Single-vehicle crashes can be just as complex as other crashes and it takes an experienced attorney to unravel the situation and hold the proper parties responsible.Chapman Injury Lawyers has the resources it takes to investigate the circumstances surrounding your particular accident. From there, our attorneys are able to seek compensation from the responsible parties involved. We are also highly experienced when it comes to negotiating with insurance companies on a victim’s behalf. No matter what led to your single-vehicle accident, we want to make sure you have the compensation you need to manage your medical expenses and property damage.
The state of Illinois imposes a statute of limitations, or time limit, on a victim’s right to bring a lawsuit following an accident. In the event of a crash, a victim has two years from the date of the accident in which they can pursue a legal claim. It may sound like plenty of time, but the truth is, in single-car accident cases it pays to get an attorney on board as soon as possible.
There are a number of reasons for this, if there is another party responsible for the crash an attorney is able to gather crucial evidence while it is still fresh and available. In some instances, valuable information may be lost or even destroyed if enough time has elapsed. In addition to physical evidence being lost, eye witness accounts to the event may become unreliable the more time that passes.
Many single-crash victims may not consult with an attorney early. This may be due in part to the blame or stigma they feel after being involved in a single-vehicle crash. The finger typically gets pointed in their direction, even if the driver themself knows they were driving safely and did everything in their power to try and avoid an accident.
Stop putting all the blame on your shoulders. Single-vehicle crashes are frightening, and sometimes the crash might not have been your fault. You may feel alone when the accident happens, but you don’t have to deal with the aftermath alone. The attorneys with Chapman Injury Lawyers are ready to help you hold other parties accountable for your accident or even negotiate with your own insurance company over the terms of your settlement.
No matter how the accident happened, Chapman Injury Lawyers has the resources to help you recover the compensation you need. Contact the office of Chapman Injury Lawyers today at (812) 461-6345 to set up a free consultation.