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When the At Fault Driver is Not The Only Person Liable for Damages

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If you have been the victim of driver neglect that resulted in a car accident, it’s likely that finding the at-fault individual responsible for your injuries was not that difficult a task. In most cases, the at-fault individual is the driver that did not use reasonable care or caution when behind the wheel (that is if you, yourself were not also in some way negligent and partially responsible, in which case comparative negligence would come into play). But in some cases the driver that caused the accident is not the individual responsible for your injuries or damages. In some cases, Illinois law attributes responsibility to someone more than those behind the wheel and, perhaps, not even in the car at the time of the accident.

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4 Mistakes That Hurt Personal Injury Car Accident Claims

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Car accidents are an everyday occurrence and it never fails that victims of car accidents stop short of receiving the compensation they deserve to cover the costs of injuries, repairs and other losses incurred as a result of another driver’s negligence.

One of the reasons for these mistakes is that the victim often makes critical mistakes when pursuing/considering a personal injury claim. These 5 mistakes can mean the difference between receiving the compensation one deserves and being left to cover growing medical costs when an auto injury claim goes south.

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Pedestrian Involved Automobile Accidents

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Statistics show that more than 60,000 pedestrians are involved in vehicle accidents each year. And when a vehicle strikes a pedestrian at 30 miles or more per hour, serious injury is more likely to occur. Even pedestrians struck at 10 miles per hour can suffer significant injuries. As such, it’s very important to understand how to proceed when you have been a pedestrian hit by a moving vehicle.

The very first thing any pedestrian should do when involved in an automobile accident is seek immediate medical care (i.e. call an ambulance). Soft tissue injuries, trauma to the brain, and other serious consequences don't always reveal themselves immediately and time is of the essence when treating your injuries and preventing these types of conditions from worsening. Many individuals have felt no real pain or discomfort immediately following an accident and refused treatment only to encounter debilitating pain and very serious injuries manifesting days or weeks following the incident.

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Why It’s So Important to Always Seek Medical Attention After a Car Accident

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Have you ever played a rigorous game of football or tennis or soccer and felt fine throughout the whole game, only to feel excessive pain and stiffness the next day or even later? Oftentimes during competitive sports, your body is in an excited state and as such, it releases adrenaline and endorphins into your system that prevent you from feeling pain or even injury in some cases.

But once the excitement dies down, so does the release of these chemicals and the aches and pains come on with a vengeance. During a car accident, your body is often in a similarly excited state, releasing adrenaline and endorphins that can mask the pain of injury, so much so that you might feel you suffered no injury at all during the accident itself and might not even seek medical attention.

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Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries are very common in auto accidents. Soft tissue injuries are those suffered by areas of the body other than the bone. This includes bruising or lacerations or tears to muscle tissue or organs.

Sudden trauma like that experienced in an automobile collision is known to cause these kinds of injuries and they often show few symptoms at the time of an accident. When symptoms do show, they include swelling, pain and lack of mobility. But they can occur days (even weeks) after the injury.

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