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Delayed Pain and Personal Injury


A car accident can be an incredibly distressing and upsetting event, not just mentally or emotionally but also physically. The body takes quite a beating in some collisions and the damage done isn’t often most readily seen.

In fact, quite frequently, people involved in an accident don’t immediately notice resulting physical trauma at all. Many notice very few (if any) symptoms and often choose not to see a physician after the accident. It’s extremely important, whether or not one is immediately aware of physical pain or trauma after a car accident, that you take certain precautionary measures to protect yourself from damaging outcomes that often result in these cases.

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No-Doubt Liability in Auto Accident Cases

In certain car accident cases, some drivers are considered at-fault 99% of the time. These cases are often called "no doubt" liability cases. Two such instances that fall into this category are: rear end collisions and left-turn accidents.

Illinois Rules of the Road are largely responsible for the "no-doubt" designation in these cases. And as insurers are less likely to argue fault in these cases, it becomes all the more necessary to have experienced Counsel on your side to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement for injuries and losses.

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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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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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