Shattered glass, grinding metal, screeching brakes, and voices full of shock, panic, and pain – the unmistakable sounds of a serious car accident. They are sounds that too many people hear each and every day, including here in Northbrook. Auto crashes can happen any time and anywhere – heading home from work on the Edens, driving your child to soccer practice, returning from a quick trip to the grocery store. And the impact of an accident can last for years, as victims deal with long-term injuries, mounting medical bills, and months without a paycheck.
As a Northbrook auto accident attorney, I have seen the devastation that can follow a large car wreck. I understand the confusion and worry of those who are unsure what to do next or wonder how they can hold the negligent driver who caused their pain accountable. I am committed to providing car accident injury victims with answers that bring clarity and aggressive representation that can get them the maximum amount of compensation available for their injuries and losses.
I have decades of experience successfully representing individuals in Northbrook and throughout Chicagoland who struggle with injuries that were no fault of their own, including injuries sustained in:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Uninsured and underinsured motorist crashes
- Hit-and-run collisions
- Drunk driving accidents
- Rideshare/Uber/Lyft accidents
Car Accident Spotlight: If I Rear-Ended Someone, Does That Automatically Mean I Was At Fault?
Many people believe, quite reasonably and understandably, that they are automatically considered at fault if they rear-end another car. In turn, that presumption leads people to think that they cannot seek compensation from the driver of the vehicle they rear-ended.
Indeed, most rear-end collisions are at least partially the fault of the trailing driver. But if you’ve been hurt in an accident where you rear-ended someone, don’t necessarily assume that you are out of luck. There are plenty of circumstances under which the other driver may be held responsible – in whole or in part – for the accident, potentially allowing you to recover compensation.
According to the National Safety Council, Rear-end collisions are the most frequent kind of car accidents in the United States, with more than 2.5 million rear-end collisions each year. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to understand the reasons for a lot of these crashes, which are more often than not based on the actions of the trailing driver, including:
- distracted driving
- drunk or impaired driving
Sometimes, though, acts or circumstances that are the lead driver’s fault can lead to a rear-end accident. These can include:
- broken or non-functioning brake lights
- the driver suddenly and unexpectedly reversing
- the driver merging into your lane suddenly and/or at an inappropriate speed
If the lead driver is in any way at fault, even in part, for your rear-end accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries and losses. In auto accident and other personal injury lawsuits, Illinois applies the doctrine of “comparative fault,” also called “proportionate responsibility.” Under this rule, a plaintiff who is partially at fault for a car accident can still recover compensation in some circumstances, but a judge or jury will allocate damages between the drivers based on their proportionate shares of fault.
Accordingly, you should contact an experienced Northbrook auto accident attorney if you’ve been hurt in a rear-end accident, regardless of what you think about your own fault for the collision.
Call Chicago Legal Group Today To Arrange For Your Free Initial Consultation
If you were in a Northbrook auto accident, answers, help, and an attorney dedicated to your well-being are only a few blocks away. Located in Glenview, Chicago Legal Group focuses exclusively on the representation of personal injury victims, using our experience, tenacity, and advocacy skills to get our clients the compensation and resources they need to move forward with their lives. Your initial consultation is free, and you pay nothing in attorney’s fees until we obtain compensation for you.
Please contact Chicago Legal Group today to arrange for your free consultation.