Chicago Car Accident & Auto Accident Lawyers
Each year, nearly a thousand people lose their lives on Illinois roads. In 2013 alone, there were 895 fatal crashes in the state, resulting in 991 deaths, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. 2013 was not an anomaly. Over the last five years, there have been more than 80,000 injuries per year on Illinois roads, with more than 10,000 of those resulting in debilitating injuries. Every hour, more than nine people are injured on Illinois roadways, with most of the injuries occurring in the Chicago area.
At Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, we have seen first-hand the toll that an accident can take on you and your loved ones. Having spent decades representing people who have been injured or who have lost loved ones because of the carelessness of others, we are confident that we will get you the compensation that you deserve. At the same time, as a family-owned and family-operated law firm, we strive to treat our clients with respect, compassion and empathy — just like we would a member of our family. Although we have successfully represented thousands of clients, recovering millions of dollars of damages, we have not lost sight of the fact that each client’s case is unique and important, regardless of its size.
Talk to an Accident Lawyer
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident because of the carelessness of another, you may be able to receive compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. When you call Briskman Briskman & Greenberg for a free consultation, you will speak directly to an experienced attorney in Chicago, usually one of the firm’s principals, who will assess the facts of your situation and advise you of your rights. What’s more, there’s no cost to speak with an attorney about your case. Don’t delay getting your free legal consultation: if you fail to pursue your claim in a timely fashion, you could forever lose your rights.
No Fee Unless You Win
Our commitment is simple. We promise that you do not have to pay attorney’s fees unless we make a financial recovery for you in your motor vehicle accident case. In short, we don’t get paid unless you do.
We Handle Personal Injury Cases from Many Types of Car Accidents
Although crashes involving pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists are less common than car accidents in Chicago (accounting for 1.7 percent, 1.3 percent and 1.5 percent of the total crashes in Illinois, respectively), these accidents are more likely to cause serious injury or death. Similarly, while crashes involving tractor-trailers account for 3.6 percent of overall crashes, they make up 9.1 percent of fatal accidents, according to 2012 statistics from the Illinois DOT (download PDF).
We represent people who have been injured or lost loved one in:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Train and railroad collisions
- Boating accidents
- Auto/pedestrian accidents
- Auto/bicyclist accidents
- Airplane accidents
Common Chicago Auto Accident Injuries
There are many types of injuries that commonly result from car accidents. They range from minor bumps and bruises to serious, catastrophic injuries such as paralysis or death. No part of the body is immune from injury in a car accident; accident victims can suffer injuries to the brain and head, including concussion or traumatic brain injury, and to the neck and spine, like whiplash or a disc bulge or herniation. Car accident victims can also suffer from psychological injuries and mental distress, which can be as painful and debilitating as a broken bone.
Immediately After a Car Accident
If you are involved in an accident, there are several crucial things that you should do:
- Seek medical attention immediately. If your injuries are severe, emergency medical personnel may take you to the hospital for immediate treatment. Even if you don’t believe that you suffered serious injuries in an accident, you should still see a doctor if you experience any symptoms whatsoever. It is common not to experience symptoms immediately after an accident. In fact, it frequently takes hours or even days to feel the physical impact of an accident.
- Document the accident. Take photographs and notes at the scene of the accident to document what happened. Ask the other drivers for their contact and insurance information, and ask any witnesses who are willing to talk to you for their names and phone numbers.
- Contact your insurance company. You may be required to notify your insurance company of the accident under the terms of your policy, and notification is the best way to begin the process of making a claim. But the same advice does not hold true if you are contacted by the other driver’s insurance company. If this occurs, you should decline to make any statements or to sign anything without speaking to an attorney first.
- Speak directly to a car accident lawyer. If you suffered injuries that require medical attention and you believe that another driver was at least partially at fault, then you should consult with an experienced Chicago car accident lawyer. Take advantage of a free legal consultation with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. We will advise you regarding the possibility of a personal injury lawsuit. If we represent you, then we will handle any further negotiations with insurance companies. We will not recommend that you accept a settlement offer unless you will be adequately compensated, and we are willing to take your case to trial if necessary.
To help you learn more, please consult our answers to frequently asked questions:
- How do I know if have a car accident lawsuit?
- How much time do I have to file a car accident lawsuit?
- Why hire a car accident attorney or a car accident lawyer?
- What happens during a car accident lawsuit?
- How long will my car accident lawsuit last?
- What is my car accident lawsuit worth?
Practicing law in the personal injury field, we have helped many people who have been seriously injured in preventable accidents. Although we take great pride in winning compensation for our clients, we advocate that everyone do their utmost to stay safe on the road. Texting and driving has become a particular danger, and we are proud of having produced a series of public service messages admonishing motorists not to text and drive
Wearing a seat belt and observing a safe speed limit are basic safety tips that are too often ignored. While you cannot prevent other drivers from causing a hazard, you can still protect yourself. According to the CDC, seat belt use can reduce serious injury and death from car accidents by 50 percent.
It should also go without saying that driving while impaired, either by alcohol or by illicit or prescription drugs, is extremely dangerous. But many people do not realize that distracted or fatigued driving can be equally treacherous. According to a study from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, using a cell phone while driving can make a crash three times more likely.
Call Us Today at 1.877.595.HURT (4878)
Contact Briskman Briskman & Greenberg today for your free legal consultation. Do not delay contacting an attorney. If you fail to take timely action to pursue compensation, you may forever lose your rights.
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