If you’re reading this, the odds are that you or someone you care about was in a car accident and you are trying to figure out what your settlement is worth.
The value of your car accident case depends on a lot of things. It depends upon the local law and the evidence – evidence of what happened (referred to as liability), medical evidence, evidence of wage loss, evidence of pain, suffering, disability and disfigurement.
A case also depends upon the values of the people in the jurisdiction where the case would be tried. This doesn’t mean that all car accident cases go to trial. A great majority of them are not tried. However, if one is properly evaluating a car accident case or any type of personal injury case, they should be factoring in where the case would be tried in the event trial is necessary.
Let me give an example regarding why location makes a difference – If you have 2 healthy 40 year old men – identical twins, both involved in rear end car accidents, one in DuPage County, Illinois and the other in Cook County, Illinois. The accidents are identical, the injuries are identical, the medical bills and wage loss is the same and so on and so forth. You’d think the cases would have the same value? Right? Wrong! Juries in Cook County are more liberal than juries in DuPage County. If those two men each had a trial and won, the odds are that the verdict for the man in Cook County would be higher than his twin brother in DuPage County. This should be taken into account when evaluating the value of a car accident case. Insurance companies do so. Experienced and skilled car accident lawyers do so as well.
As you can see, evaluating a car accident case is not so easy. The good thing is that initial consultations with car accident lawyers are usually free. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a car or truck, call us at 312-957-4166 for your free, no-obligation consultation. We’ve handled car accident case throughout Illinois and we stand by ready and willing to help you.