Chicago Passenger Injury Lawyer

Representing Victims of Negligence Since 2002

Although the majority of car accident injuries are suffered by drivers, passenger injuries encompass more than 25% of all auto collision-related injuries in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. In 2010 alone, approximately 180 car passengers suffered injuries in an accident.

Some of these incidents may be the result of weather and road conditions, but the vast majority of passenger injuries are caused by human error. Driver negligence, distraction, recklessness, and other irresponsible behavior can quickly lead to a serious–and even fatal–car accident. The legal team at Duncan Law Group believes that these drivers should be held responsible for the injuries that they cause.

Discuss your case with a Chicago car accident attorney today. Call (312) 445-0567 for a free consult!

Child Passenger Injuries & Fatalities

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children account for a startling number of passenger injuries and fatalities in car accidents. According to research, children are less likely to suffer an injury or fatality when riding in the at-fault vehicle during a car accident. In other words, child passenger injuries usually occur when another vehicle hits the car that a child is riding in.

To avoid child injuries, parents should never allow their children to ride in the car without a seatbelt, as riding without a restraint increases the likelihood of a serious of fatal injury. At Duncan Law Group, the seasoned legal team can help you stand up for the rights of your child after a car accident. If your son or daughter was injured in an avoidable car accident, speak with a Chicago car accident lawyer today.

Types of Passenger Injuries

In an auto accident, passengers can suffer a variety of personal injuries, ranging from mild to catastrophic. The more severe the accident, the greater the likelihood that a passenger will suffer long-term injury; and the greater their injury, the more important it is that the passenger receive compensation. With proper legal action, damages can be sought for a variety of injuries.

Common passenger injuries include:

  • Broken Bones (bone fractures) – Although broken bones are not always severe, they can lead to internal bleeding and may require surgery to repair. If the bone fracture is compounded, the victim could suffer an infection. Fractures and breaks are a common result of car accidents.

  • Head Trauma – An accident victim should never take head or skull injuries lightly. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are common in car accidents. TBIs can range from moderate, such as a concussion, to severe, often resulting in memory loss and reduced mental capacity.

  • Whiplash – Whiplash occurs when the passenger's head is thrown forward or backward, then suddenly pulled in the opposite direction. This type of injury is very common after rear-end accidents and front-impact crashes, and can lead to long-term nerve damage.

  • Back Injuries – Injuries to the back or spinal cord can lead to lifelong medical complications and physical disabilities. Strains, fractured vertebrae, and herniated disks are several common back injuries. Injuries to the spinal cord can result in permanent paralysis.

Filing an Accident Claim

If you or your loved one has been injured as a passenger in a car accident, you may be able to seek compensation from the responsible party. The most difficult part of an accident claim is demonstrating that another person is liable for the collision leading to your injury. Attorney Duncan can develop a strong claim and pursue a favorable settlement or verdict from those responsible for your injury.

The firm's legal team can help you settle a claim with all relevant parties:

  • The driver of another vehicle
  • The driver of the vehicle you were riding in
  • Auto insurance companies
  • Other responsible parties

Negotiating or litigating for a fair settlement is rarely easy. In most cases, insurance companies offer low settlements that are not sufficient to cover the cost of treatment, therapy, and lost wages. It is important that you receive the full restitution available for your situation. Don't settle for less than you deserve—work with a lawyer who has experience in injury claims and can provide aggressive representation on your behalf.

File a Claim or Lawsuit for Your Passenger Injury

If you have sustained a serious passenger injury in a car accident, the legal team at Duncan Law Group can help. Over the years, the firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars for accident victims. Attorney Bob Duncan has helped numerous clients recover the financial compensation they need after serious collisions, and on account of his commitment to effective service has been selected for inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers® for 2015. Don't risk your future, your happiness, and your well-being; pursue the results that you deserve and call a Chicago car accident lawyer today.

Do you have questions about your case or want to know how to hire a passenger injury attorney? Contact Duncan Law Group for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.

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