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Belleville Car Accident FAQ

Dealing with a car accident is an overwhelming experience, and you might already have questions. If you’ve never been in a car crash, it can be a confusing, frightening experience. Fortunately, you’ll have a chance to recover and get the answers you need.

If you’re stumped and looking for help, a Belleville car accident FAQ can help get you started. Once you know what to expect, a car accident lawyer from Hipskind & McAninch, LLC can help you fight back for your full compensation.

How long do I have to file?

When you’re injured by another driver, you’ll need to move as quickly as possible to get the full compensation you deserve. Typically, a car accident claim needs to be filed within two years. If you don’t act in time, you could be barred from recovery. That leaves you without compensation, dismissing your car accident claim.

Who’s responsible for my losses?

When you’re in a car crash, you’ll need to find the person responsible for your claim. Because Illinois is a fault state, the person responsible for your accident is usually also responsible for your injuries. As such, if another driver caused your accident, you’ll need to file a claim against that driver.

However, there are exceptions. For example, you might have been hit by someone on the clock, like a delivery person. In these cases, you might need to find their employer, who will be liable for their employees’ actions.  

Can I still file if I was in a single-vehicle accident?

Not all single-car wrecks are your fault. Certain hazards might have indirectly caused your accident, leaving you injured and confused. For example, you might have been driving when your brakes went out. In this case, the faulty brakes may be the responsibility of the manufacturer. They’re responsible for making sure their products are safe for use, and when they fail, they can be found responsible.

Or perhaps your accident happened because of dangerous road conditions. The road may have been full of potholes, for instances, which impacted your car enough to cause you to lose control. Now you’ve been injured because the Department of Transportation didn’t ensure that the roads were safe.

If you’re not sure what caused your accident, your lawyer can investigate your car accident to determine both cause and fault.  

How much will a lawyer cost?

The amount you can expect to pay a lawyer will depend on the outcome of your case. Because we work on contingency fees, meaning our pay depends on your claim’s success, you may not pay anything if we don’t succeed. Before you sign anything, we’ll determine a set percentage of your claim to be paid to us. Once both parties have agreed, you’ll simply pay us a percentage of your compensation if you win your claim.

Seek Out Help for Your Car Accident

A car accident claim can be confusing and painful. You’ll need help getting the full compensation you deserve, or you could be left with more questions and no compensation. Fortunately, you have options to fight back for your compensation.

When you’re injured and seeking compensation, a Belleville lawyer from Hipskind & McAninch, LLC can make a difference. Starting with a free consultation, we’ll address your questions and concerns so you know exactly what to expect. When you’re ready to ask your questions and get answers, reach out to our lawyers by calling 618-641-9189 or by filling out the online form below.  

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