Briskman Briskman & Greenberg is representing a woman who was injured in a car accident in Joliet, Illinois, while she was nine months pregnant. According to Illinois State Police, the crash involved three vehicles, one of which was unoccupied.
Briskman Briskman & Greenberg’s client Tialonda Robinson, 38, was rushed to an area hospital to receive treatment for her injuries. She underwent surgery and delivered her baby after doctors had to induce labor. A 56-year-old male driver was killed in the collision, which occurred on August 31, 2022.
Robinson was traveling eastbound on Washington Street at the time of the crash. The collision occurred when the front end of her vehicle came into contact with the driver’s side of a white 2010 Toyota Avalon.
Illinois State Police said Michael Langlois, of New Lenox, was driving the Toyota northbound on Washington Street. He had exited a parking lot south of Washington Street and west of Park Road.
The impact between the two vehicles sent Langlois’s Toyota into a parking lot. His vehicle spun around, and its rear end crashed into the front of an unoccupied parked car. Langlois was airlifted to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Robinson filed a lawsuit against Langlois’ widow, who is the administrator of his estate. According to the lawsuit, Langlois was negligent when driving his vehicle, causing Robinson to suffer serious injuries. He was allegedly traveling at an “excessive and dangerous rate of speed” and failed to sound his horn.
Langlois’ widow, however, has filed a counter-lawsuit against Robinson, alleging she was driving negligently. Illinois State Police did not file any charges against Robinson or ticket her after investigating the car accident.
Illinois car accident victims have the right to pursue compensation for their injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. Crashes can result in expensive medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and other related costs. In this case, Robinson had to give birth early due to the collision.
Because Illinois is a modified comparative negligence state, car accident victims are still eligible to seek damages even when they are partially at fault for a crash. Under the system, a judge or jury will evaluate each party’s relative fault. Damages are reduced based on the individual’s percentage of fault. A crash victim will be barred from recovering compensation only when they are found to be more than 50 percent at fault for their injuries.
Sharing partial fault for causing a crash does not preclude someone from recovering damages for their injuries in most cases. However, it is vital to work with a skilled car accident lawyer to ensure the other party does not unfairly shift blame.
The statute of limitations for a car accident lawsuit in Illinois is typically two years from the date of the collision. Failure to file a claim before this timeframe expires can mean a crash victim is no longer able to receive compensation for their injuries. Consulting an experienced car accident lawyer can ensure you do not lose your right to pursue damages.
Briskman Briskman & Greenberg is committed to helping clients obtain compensation when they have been injured due to someone else’s negligence. For nearly 40 years, the law firm’s car accident lawyers have successfully represented individuals and families in Chicago, Joliet, Waukegan, and throughout Cook County, Lake County, and Will County.