Belleville Car Accident Lawyers

Driving comes with many freedoms, but also many expectations regarding safety on the roads and trust that other drivers are also following the rules. An unfortunate reality of driving on the road is that accidents can and do happen. An accident can be one of the most stressful experiences you encounter, but you do not have to deal with your claim on your own. Having a car accident lawyer on your side can help protect your rights and give you peace of mind.

The Belleville personal injury attorneys at Nelson & Nelson have helped with accident injuries of all types in Illinois and Missouri, including car accidents. Our team of experienced auto accident attorneys can work to ensure your claim is taken seriously and that you receive the right compensation following an injury.

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What To Do After a Car Crash

If you experience a motor vehicle crash, it is important you do the following to ensure you have the right information for your insurance claim and evidence in case there is a personal injury claim made (either filed by you or against you from the other party).

  • Do not admit fault – There are many factors that can contribute to a crash. Sometimes, both drivers share some responsibility for the accident, and it is important to not accept blame without knowing if the other driver bears responsibility for the crash.
  • Secure the area – Depending on where the accident took place, you may have to move vehicles and direct traffic around. Use cones or flares, and be sure to put your flashers on to alert other drivers to drive with caution, as there may be debris in the road or people out of their vehicles to watch for on the roads.
  • Contact the police – It is important to have an officer present to file a police report in the event you need it later for a personal injury claim. The officer can provide factual evidence in the report that you may need later. Be sure to ask them for the case number so you can get a copy for your records later.
  • Take pictures – There is a reason they say a picture is worth a thousand words. If you are in a safe area after the accident and have the ability to take pictures, make sure you capture images of the location, damage to the vehicles, and even injuries if you have them.
  • Seek out medical attention – Even if you feel fine after your car accident, it is important to have a doctor check you for injuries or underlying issues stemming from the accident. You might not feel sore or develop aches and pains until long after the accident occurs, so it is important to have the doctor document the reason for your visit and any visible problems they notice as you undergo treatment. If you end up having to file a personal injury claim later, the medical history relating to your accident will be important to have to build the case that you sustained injuries from the accident.
  • Keep records – No matter if you keep an electronic record with scanned files and pictures, or a file folder with papers, receipts, and other information critical to the accident, make sure you have as much documented as possible. Medical bills are important to keep as well, so if you are unsure of what is and is not important, err on the side of over-preparedness and keep the information handy until the claim is settled.
  • Seek out the advice of an attorney – Having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side can help you receive compensation for your injuries after the accident. Attorneys who are knowledgeable about the legal issues surrounding accidents like the one you suffered can advocate on your behalf in court and use their skills to see to it that your voice is heard.
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How Our Car Accident Attorneys Can Help

The process for filing a personal injury claim can be challenging to navigate, especially if you don’t have legal experience. Dealing with injuries and emotional trauma is already hard enough without trying to fight insurance agents and file paperwork. Insurance companies can be very aggressive and may try to intimidate you when you’re at your weakest. Insurance companies often try to shift the blame of your claim so they owe you nothing. That’s why you need a skilled representative on your side. Our team of dedicated car accident attorneys can investigate the collision and gather evidence to support your claim.

The negligent driver’s insurance company may also try to settle quickly before all of your complications from the accident come to light. Our car accident lawyers ensure victims and their families are protected. We can handle settlement negotiations on your behalf and demand the right compensation for your injuries. If a fair settlement cannot be reached in negotiation, we are more than prepared to represent you in court and fight for what you deserve!

Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Crashes

Virtually all car accidents are due to negligence in some form. Every personal injury claim requires proving that the at-fault party neglected their “duty of care” which led to the accident.

Some of the most common reasons for auto accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Failure to obey traffic signals
  • Illegal lane departures
  • Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs
  • Sleep-deprived driving
  • Distracted driving (including text messaging)

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019, there were a total of 1009 fatal car crashes in Illinois, 375 of which were speeding-related; while in Missouri, 328 out of a total of 880 were speeding-related. In Illinois, 31% of total traffic fatalities were due to alcohol-impaired driving (blood alcohol concentration of.08 or higher), and 27% in Missouri were caused by alcohol-impaired driving. Nationally, the number of fatalities due to distracted driving rose 9.9% compared to 2018. (Sources: Traffic Safety Facts Annual Report Tables and Traffic Safety Facts Overview)

In most cases, the at-fault party may be one or both of the drivers, but in some instances, motor vehicle crashes happen due to negligence on the part of the car manufacturer or even the government. In these instances, the accident victims can file their personal injury claim against the car manufacturer or the state or city government responsible for maintaining signage, roads, and clear views.

Non-driver causes of traffic accidents include:

  • Inadequate signage
  • Poorly maintained roads
  • Obstructed views
  • Mechanical failure of car parts, such as the brakes

Common Injuries Resulting from Car Crashes

Even seemingly minor auto accidents can result in surprisingly serious or long-term injuries.

Motor vehicle crashes can result in physical injuries that include:

  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Burns
  • Lost limbs
  • Paralysis

Car Accident Compensation

Being involved in an auto accident can result in serious or life-altering injuries. The time after a car accident can be uncertain and overwhelming both financially and emotionally. If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation including:

  • Reimbursement for medical bills, prescription medications, and physical therapy
  • The estimated cost of future medical treatment
  • Current and future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Scarring or disfigurement

Contact Our Car Accident Lawyers in Belleville, IL

If you or someone close to you has been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact Nelson & Nelson today at (618) 277-4000 to schedule your free case evaluation. Our auto accident lawyers can help fight for you so you can focus on your recovery.

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