Illinois is both a fault and comparative negligence state, which means that if you’re a victim of a car accident, you are responsible for proving that the other party involved is the one at fault. In addition, if you were responsible for contributing to the accident in any way at all, such as speeding or not wearing a seat belt, then you are responsible for those damages. This typically means that your settlement amount will be reduced in order to pay off your responsibility. Furthermore, if you are found to be at fault for 50% or more of the accident, then you may not file a suit and no damages will be awarded to you.
Compensation to car accident victims in Illinois consist of medical expenses, lost wages, and personal injury. Personal injury not only includes physical and disfigurement, but emotional and mental suffering as well. An experienced car accident lawyer will be able to help you with your case and advise you on how to proceed in order to recover the maximum damages.
In Illinois, anyone wishing to file a personal injury or property damage suit, must do so within two years of the time of the injury, or within two years of the time an injury was found out.