Motor Vehicle Accidents
Champaign Auto Accident Lawyers
Crashes occur in Illinois at all times of the day, and every day of the year. When an accident does occur, there are many different steps that you must take in order to protect your rights and start your recovery. Those who have been victims of accidents deserve to be represented by experienced legal counsel — and at Frederick & Hagle we are here to provide the level of superior service that you are seeking.
Our firm has been representing motor vehicle accident victims since 1975. We are experienced at representing individuals in all types of auto accident claims, from fender benders to serious crashes resulting in fatalities. Our attorneys will help you with every step of your claim, from investigating the cause of the accident to negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf. We offer fully comprehensive legal representation.
Why hire a motor vehicle accident attorney?
There are around three million people nonfatally injured in motor vehicle accidents across United States each year. A small portion of these accidents are fatal. Motor vehicle accidents include car accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and semi-truck / truck accidents. The common causes of motor vehicle accidents include erratic driving, drunk-driving, texting while driving, over speeding and non-adherence to traffic and safety rules.
The consequences of a motor vehicle accident can be life-altering. If you have been involved in a car accident, you should consult a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Getting representation can help you focus on your recovery while your attorney takes all the necessary steps to help you or a loved one get full and just compensation for your injuries. In most cases an attorney will help you collect more compensation (even after attorneys fees) than those people that handle their accident or injury claim on their own.
There are many reasons that you should hire an attorney to represent you if you have been hurt or injured due to someone else’s negligence.
The Insurance Companies Goal Is To Pay Out At Little As Possible
The first thing you need to understand is that when you are involved in a situation whereby you have been hurt or injured, you will be negotiating with an insurance company for compensation. The Insurance Companies objective or goal as a business is to NOT pay a claim, or to pay out as little as possible. Insurance companies make more money when they pay out less claims.
Insurance companies can use whatever you say against you. Think about it in these terms, if you were arrested for a crime you didn’t commit, you probably wouldn’t talk to a prosecutor or law enforcement without an lawyer present. The same holds true for communicating with insurance companies. Because people don’t deal with insurance companies on a daily basis, if they decide to make a statement they may say something that the insurance company can use against them to reduce their compensation. Remember insurance adjusters are trained to pay out the least that they can — that is their job! The bottom line is that you may inadvertently admit fault — remember the Insurance Companies are in the business to make money. They train their adjusters to minimize the amount they pay out, even on completely valid claims. Additionally, an insurance company representative may try and obtain a statement from you or ask questions hoping that you inadvertently admit full or partial liability or fault. This can impact your ability to recover compensation that is fair and just.
Auto accident lawyers can help you with a wide range of issues, such as lost wages, lost future earnings, medical expenses, future medical care, pain and physical suffering, grief and mental suffering, wrongful death, property destruction, and any other potential damage claims. A motor vehicle accident attorney will gather all the information necessary to build your case. An accident lawyer can help you with medical records, medical bills, insurance policy information, security camera footage, police records, and help you your case with the use of experts like economist and private investigators.
An experienced car accident lawyer can help you to negotiate with the insurance defense attorney outside of the courtroom or go to trial if needed and present your case in the best light possible to help you get compensation and justice that you are enitled to. The attorneys at Frederick & Hagle have a track record of success with motor vehicle accidents, car wrecks and auto collisions. CALL US TODAY FOR HELP!
What Is The Motor Vehicle Accident Claim Process?
First, we need to understand all the facts and circumstances of your accident. We need to understand what expenses and damages have been incurred due to the negligence of others. Additionally, in many cases we need to gather other outside information such as and medical records and police reports, etc. Once we have examined all of the facts – can we understand and determine what the economic losses are and the non-economic damages for a motor vehicle accident case.
What Are Economic Losses?
Economic losses include hospital and medical bills, loss of income, and can include property damage, etc… Basically these losses include anything that caused you to incur costs or financial liability due to the negligence of others.
What Are Non-Economic Damages?
These are damages that caused you pain and suffering due to another person’s negligence. A serious accident or injury can cause mental and physical trauma that can last a lifetime after the accident or injury has occurred.
How Are Losses & Damages Calculated?
We hire experts to help us calculate the damages. We use vocational experts (occupation / employment), medical professionals and doctors, economists, and others to understand the true value of every case.
Experienced Central Illinois Car Crash Lawyers
Located in Urbana, we represent people throughout Central Illinois in claims involving:
- Car accidents.
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Railroad accidents
- Boating accidents
- Recreational vehicle accidents
- Truck accidents – including cases involving Truck driver fatigue and logbook violations and Trucking company negligence
Our Champaign auto accident attorneys handle all types of vehicle accident cases, including those involving:
- Drunk driving
- Texting and distracted driving
- Open intersection/rural road accidents
- Head-on collisions.
- Farm vehicle accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Uninsured/underinsured motorists
- T-bone accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
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Motor Vehicle Accidents Attorneys
Learn more about how Frederick & Hagle can help. Contact us at 217-367-6092 or toll free at 1-800-642-1227 to schedule a free initial consultation.