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Getting into a car accident can be stressful for many reasons. In some situations, the crash may have been so severe that you sustained serious injuries that require medical care. Medical treatment is not free -- it comes at a cost. Who is responsible for taking care of these expensive bills after a vehicle collision? If you can prove that the other driver was responsible for causing the accident, he or she might be held liable for covering the costs of your medical care, the damage to your vehicle, and any other physical or financial harm you have experienced. However, even if the other driver is ultimately liable for your medical treatment and auto repairs, that does not mean the process of claiming this compensation will be simple. That is why it is essential to seek professional legal counsel to protect your rights for seeking damages.
Seeking Medical Care After Your Accident
Receiving compensation after your auto accident is not a speedy process. A case can take months to settle, which is why you should not wait to get medical care for your injuries. In some cases, waiting to treat your injuries could severely damage your health and cause more issues down the road. You may have to file a claim under your own medical insurance or auto insurance policies and make any applicable copays in the meantime.
Driving or riding in a car is something that almost all Americans do every single day. With something that is such a common occurrence, we often forget how dangerous motor vehicles can be if they are not driven properly or if someone is not paying full attention to the task at hand. Auto accidents often result in damage to vehicles, but they can also easily cause injury to occupants involved in the collision. Getting into a car accident can be extremely unnerving for most people. Receiving compensation for your injuries or other damages is not impossible, but you need sufficient evidence to prove your case in order to prevail.
Take Photos at the Scene of the Crash
Photographs are one of the most valuable forms of evidence. These serve as visual evidence that can allow you to prove your point when pursuing compensation for a car accident. At the scene of the accident, try to document as many things as you can such as:
Being in a car accident can be a very stressful and traumatic experience, especially if you are injured. If you are involved in a car accident, Illinois law states that you must stop to see if others who are involved are okay and to exchange insurance information. People who do not do so face fines, jail time, and even a driver’s license revocation. If you are in a vehicle collision, and the other person does not stop to stay at the scene or does not exchange information with you, that is called a hit-and-run crash. Being in a hit-and-run accident can cause serious stress and anxiety on your part, because you are probably worried about the financial ramifications of the accident. If you are in a hit-and-run collision, you should take certain steps to increase your chances of recovering compensation.
Call For Help
The first step you should take if you get into a car accident is to call for emergency services if you or anyone else are hurt. Even if you do not think you are injured, you should call 911 if you were inside of your vehicle when it was hit. Once help is on the way, you should try to move your vehicle to a safe spot if you are able to do so without risk of injury.
Even after years of aggressive marketing campaigns and education, drunk driving still remains one of the biggest threats to American drivers and passengers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 10,800 deaths from alcohol-related traffic crashes in the United States in 2017. More than 300 of those people were killed in Illinois, representing 30 percent of all of Illinois’ traffic deaths in 2017. Even more people have been injured because of alcohol-related traffic accidents. Many of these accidents are serious and tragic, especially since they can almost always be prevented. Families of injured or deceased victims often look to place blame somewhere. In the state of Illinois, one of the entities that can possibly be held responsible for drunk drivers is the establishment where the drivers drank the alcohol, often a bar or restaurant.
What Is the Dram Shop Act?
Also known as the Illinois Liquor Control Act, the Dram Shop Act is what allows bars and other specific establishments to be held liable for damages that are caused by an intoxicated person. The Act states that people who have suffered injuries or sustained damages caused by an intoxicated person to whom alcohol was sold by an establishment can place liability for such damages or injuries on the establishment itself.
Traffic accidents can be dangerous, no matter what type of vehicles are involved. Truck accidents can cause serious injuries, and sometimes even fatalities, due to their immense size and weight. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were more than 4,600 large trucks involved in fatal traffic crashes in 2017, and approximately 107,000 trucks involved in traffic crashes that resulted in injuries. When trucks are involved in accidents, the resulting damage to vehicles and passengers can be severe.
What Are “Hours of Service” Rules?
Truck drivers do exactly that for a living--they drive trucks. This means they are typically on the road for hours at a time, which can make them very tired. This is why the FMCSA has implemented many rules to keep truck drivers and others on the road safe. “Hours of service” rules are regulations that were put in place to limit the amount of time a truck driver spends behind the wheel. It is not uncommon for truck drivers to violate these rules, but when they do, they can lead to serious accidents.