Car Accident Attorneys in Charleston, IL
Fighting for Justice after a Serious Auto Accident
In Illinois, the Department of Transportation (DOT) recorded more than 281,700 motor vehicle collisions throughout the state. Over 900 persons were involved in fatal crashes. The total cost of these accidents was $5.5 billion, including injuries and property damage.
Have you or someone you love been injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver? Do you know that you or that victim may be entitled to compensation for any injuries, property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and possibly more?
At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, our Charleston, IL car accident attorneys have successfully recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients throughout Central and Southern Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri. We are dedicated to helping victims fight for the justice that they deserve. We proudly offer free case reviews to accident victims and we only get paid when we win.
Common Car Crash Injuries
Thousands of people are injured each year in traffic accidents. There can be hazards inside and outside of a motor vehicle that can cause a driver or passenger to be seriously injured during a collision.
Some of the most common car accident injuries include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma
- Cuts and lacerations
- Nerve damage
- Facial wounds
- Dental injuries
- Wrongful death
Psychological injuries are a common after-effect of a serious car accident that our car accident attorneys see frequently. Many times, people experience anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they try to return to the road, which could prevent them from driving.
Types of Car Accidents
Despite recent advancements in accident avoidance technology, such as early warning detection systems, anti-lock brakes, and rear-facing cameras, many vehicles on our roads are using technology that is more than 25 years old.
In fact, as there are so many different types of vehicles available from auto manufacturers, there are many ways that a motorist can be involved in a major crash. According to the Illinois DOT, there were more than 10 million registered vehicles throughout the state and most accidents reported involved cars rather than trucks or motorcycles.
Some common types of car accidents include:
Another type of crash is a hit and run accident, wherein a party involved in the accident flees the scene in order to avoid being held responsible. Hit and run collisions most commonly involve parked vehicles.
Causes of Car Accidents
Recently released statistics from the Illinois DOT note that approximately 32% of all fatal car accidents involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit of .08%. Another report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that nearly 10% of all automotive collisions that occurred in the U.S. in 2016 involved distracted driving. There are many reasons why a person might be involved in a car crash. It is important to note that some of these types of accidents are completely preventable.
Some of the usual causes of traffic accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Driving while texting
- Driving under the influence
- Careless driving
- Distracted drivers
- Bad weather conditions
- Failure to obey traffic signs/signals
- Fatigued driving
Some accidents are also caused by animals, such as deer, and there were more than 18,000 of these accidents reported.
After a Car Accident
Being involved in an accident can be a terrifying moment for all parties involved, but it is very important to try to remain as calm as possible. If someone has been injured, make sure to call for medical help and also call the police so that a formal accident report may be filed.
It is also very important to document the accident as best as you can by writing down any specific information you remember prior to the crash. Take photos of the scene and exchange insurance information with the other vehicles involved.
A driver should never leave the scene of an accident and should seek medical treatment if injured.
Insurance adjusters may rush to the scene of an accident in an effort to quickly obtain information that could limit the liability of their insured. It is important for a driver to be aware that these insurance investigators may use this information against their claim. An experienced Charleston, IL car accident attorney can help deal with insurance adjusters and all other interested parties.
Contributory Negligence in Car Accident Cases
Contributory negligence refers to a plaintiff’s own involvement and contribution to the harm or injury they experienced. For example, two cars involved in a crash could have both contributed to the accident by driving distractedly or making illegal traffic maneuvers.
In situations where both parties involved in a car accident share responsibility for the collision, contributory negligence may be claimed on the part of the plaintiff, which will affect the amount of compensation to which they are entitled. In a court case, the jury will decide each party’s exact percentage of responsibility, adjusting the compensation amount accordingly.
Some actions that could translate into an argument of contributory negligence include:
- The driver plaintiff was speeding at the time of the crash
- The pedestrian plaintiff was making sudden, unpredictable movements in the road
- The passenger plaintiff was riding with a driver they knew was intoxicated, fatigued, or distracted
- The driver plaintiff was aware the car they were driving was defective or improperly maintained
In each state, the definition of contributory negligence liability will vary. In Illinois, if the contributory negligence of the plaintiff is found to be 51% or more, they will not be eligible for compensation. If the total amount the plaintiff is at fault is decided to be 50% or less, they will be eligible for reduced compensation based on the jury’s decision of how much they contributed to the accident.
Serving Central & Southern Illinois
Our car accident attorneys proudly offer a free consultation to help determine if you or a loved one have sufficient grounds for a lawsuit, and we only get paid when we win. Our primary office is located in Charleston, IL and we have an additional office in St. Louis, Missouri. We offer our services throughout Central and Southern Illinois and the St. Louis area.
To find out how we may be able to help you with your accident claim, call (217) 394-5885. Our intake staff members will connect you with a lawyer best suited to handle your claim.
Wrongful Death $5,900,000 Verdict
Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement
Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement
Tractor Death and Injury $2,400,000 Settlement
Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement
Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement
Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict
Product Liability $1,750,000 Settlement
Hospital Negligence $1,245,000 Settlement
Worker Killed by a Pickup Truck Driver $1,200,000 Settlement
We will fight for a just outcome & won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.
A Record of Proven Results
Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.
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We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way.
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We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.
Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.