Motor Vehicle Accidents FAQ
If you have been recently injured in a car accident somewhere in Chicago or the surrounding area, you probably have a lot of questions about how personal injury law works in Illinois. At Martin Law, LLC, we have decades of experience practicing personal injury.
Here are some examples of the most commonly asked questions we get about motor vehicle accidents.
Is There A Limit On How Much I Can Recover?
There is no law capping damages a personal injury plaintiff can claim, including for pain and suffering and punitive damages. The only limit is the nature and extent of the injuries and other damages you can prove you experienced as a result of the other driver’s negligence.
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?
The Illinois statute of limitations sets a general deadline of two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit related to a car accident. After that, you will likely not be able to pursue a claim, regardless of the strength of your case or the severity of injuries involved.
What If I Am Partly At Fault For The Wreck?
Illinois is a contributory negligence state. This means you can recover damages for your injuries if the jury finds you were no more than 50% responsible for the accident. However, the amount of damages rewarded is reduced by the percentage of fault you are assigned. For example, if the jury finds the defendant was 90% at fault and you were 10% at fault and awards you $100,000 in damages, the award would be $90,000.
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For more detailed answers to your legal questions, contact Martin Law, LLC, in Arlington Heights for a free legal consultation. Call 847-250-9355 to make an appointment.