If you have been involved in a car accident in Illinois -- whether as a driver or passenger -- it’s crucial to understand what to expect if you decide to make a claim for injuries or seek compensation for vehicle damage, whether through an insurance claim or via a personal injury lawsuit.
This page provides a guide to Illinois resources on All-About-Car-Accidents.com, including some of the key Illinois laws that could affect your car accident claim, and tips on contacting an Illinois car accident lawyer to get help if you need it.
After a car accident in Illinois, if you decide to file a claim against the at-fault driver, there are a few state laws that you need to know about, beginning with the time limit for getting lawsuits started in civil court (this kind of law is called a statute of limitations, and every state has one).
Here are the deadlines for filing a lawsuit after a car accident in Illinois:
Learn more about Illinois’s car accident lawsuit filing deadline -- and other state laws that could impact your case -- in Car Accident Settlements in Illinois.
After any car accident in Illinois, car insurance coverage will almost certainly come into play, whether you’re making a claim under your own policy or with the other driver’s carrier (the latter is known as a third party car insurance claim). Here is a quick snapshot of Illinois car insurance rules:
For more in-depth information, check out our article Illinois Car Insurance Laws and Regulations.
You may not need to hire an Illinois car accident lawyer if your case is fairly simple and straightforward. For example, if you’re in a fender bender where the other driver’s insurance company accepts liability and offers a more-than-fair amount to settle your claim, you may be wise to handle the matter yourself.
But if the other driver’s insurance company is saying you were at fault for the car accident, or if you suffered significant injuries, a lot more might be at stake, and it’s a good idea to discuss your situation with a car accident lawyer.
A good car accident attorney knows how to handle the back-and-forth of settlement negotiation, how to anticipate and avoid obstacles in the process, and the best way to protect your rights at every stage in the case, including filing a car accident lawsuit in the Illinois civil court system if it comes to that.