Seasoned Auto Accident Lawyer Defending Sangamon County Clients
Suffering an auto-related injury is often devastating for all involved, from the party (or parties) harmed to the family and friends responsible for assisting with the recovery. Lengthy rehabilitation and skyrocketing medical bills often engender feelings of anger, sadness and resignation, which is why speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney is crucial to receiving fair and just compensation.
The state of Illinois is a “modified comparative negligence” state. This simply means you may recover compensation from any party that is more responsible than yourself for a car or trucking accident, but the damages awarded will be reduced by a percentage equal to your share of liability for the collision. It’s important to keep in mind that if you are found to be more than 50% at fault for the accident, you will not be entitled to any monetary damages.
Statutes of Limitations in Illinois
If you’ve suffered an injury after an auto accident in the state of Illinois, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you would like to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for damage suffered to your vehicle, you must do so within five years of the date of the accident.
Helmets & Motorcycle Safety
When it comes to motorcycle accidents, whether or not you were wearing your helmet often plays a crucial role in determining compensation. Wearing your helmet — even if you suffered a severe injury — demonstrates that you were not acting recklessly. It also makes clear how much worse your injuries could have been had you not been wearing a helmet. In short: wearing a helmet is not only good for your health and safety, but it can also help you recover the compensation to which you’re entitled.
On the Other Hand…
If you suffer a motorcycle-related injury in which you were not wearing a helmet, it may be difficult for you to receive monetary damages. This is especially true if your decision not to wear a helmet contributed to the severity of your injuries. Known as “comparative negligence,” this may result in your being found partially responsible for your own injuries.
Attorney Bradford C. Bucklin Is On Your Side
There is no doubt that insurance adjusters will attempt to produce an overwhelming amount of documentation proving that helmets usually significantly reduce head injuries, which means consulting a seasoned personal injury attorney is your best bet at receiving the compensation you deserve. Attorney Bradford C. Bucklin has the experience and skill set necessary to help you and those you love most recover and move forward.