Jerseyville Car Accident Attorneys

Jerseyville Car Accident Attorneys

Skilled representation after vehicle accidents throughout Illinois

A car accident can change your life in an instant. You shouldn’t have to be responsible for the medical expenses and lost income that can occur after a car accident, and it’s important to have attorneys on your side who understand these losses. When other drivers act recklessly or negligently, we have the skills to hold them responsible for the accidents and injuries they cause.

The attorneys at Glisson Law have been helping people just like you for over 25 years. We know how to handle car accident cases, including securing $1.6 million for a family injured in a motor vehicle accident where a driver ran a stop sign, causing a severe collision. Our Jerseyville legal team will investigate the circumstances of your accident and hold the right people responsible. Contact us today for assistance.

What types of car accident claims does your Jerseyville law firm handle?

As of August, Illinois has seen 689 fatal crashes, with 748 fatalities in 2023. Although this is 61 fewer fatalities than this time in 2022, any loss of life is unacceptable.

We handle all manner of car accidents, including:

  • Head-on crashes
  • Hit-and-run accidents
  • Rear-end crashes
  • Uber and Lyft accidents

What are the causes of car accidents?

There are many causes of car accidents, and some of the most common causes include:

  • Distracted driving. This is one of the leading cause of car accidents in the United States. Drivers who are distracted by their phones, food, or other activities are more likely to make mistakes that can lead to accidents.
  • Drunk or drugged driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is another major cause of car accidents. Alcohol and drugs impair judgment and coordination, making it difficult for drivers to operate their vehicles safely.
  • Speeding. Speeding is a factor in many car accidents. Drivers who are speeding are less likely to be able to stop in time to avoid an accident, and can easily lose control of their vehicles.
  • Reckless driving. This includes behaviors such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and running red lights. Reckless drivers are more likely to cause accidents because they are not paying attention to the road or driving in a safe manner.
  • Failure to yield the right of way. This can happen at intersections, when making turns, or when merging onto the highway. Drivers who fail to yield the right of way can cause accidents by cutting off other drivers or entering the intersection when it is not safe to do so.
  • Construction zones. Construction zones can be dangerous for drivers because they often have narrow lanes, uneven pavement, and temporary traffic signals. Drivers should be extra cautious when driving through construction zones.
  • Vehicle defects. In some cases, car accidents can be caused by vehicle defects. This can happen if a vehicle has a mechanical problem that causes it to malfunction.

Who is liable for a car accident in Jerseyville?

Our attorneys start by filing a claim against the driver who was negligent. However, other parties may be liable for your accident as well, including:

  • Vehicle owners. Often, the owner of the vehicle is different than the driver. For example, parents may have let their teen drive their car. If that teen causes a crash, however, the parents can be held liable for damages, depending on the circumstances of the case. If your accident involved a commercial truck, the trucking company may also hold liability, in addition to the driver. Our experienced attorneys know how to find this information.
  • Manufacturers, distributors, or retailers. The companies that make and sell auto parts have a responsibility to ensure their parts both work and are safe. If a car part’s defect led to your car accident, we will hold the manufacturers and other involved parties responsible for your losses.
  • State or other governmental agencies. The government has a responsibility to construct and maintain safe roads, as well as manage traffic in extreme weather situations. Government liability can include the state of Illinois, the Department of Transportation, the city of Jerseyville, and any other involved Illinois counties and municipalities.
  • Taverns or sellers of alcohol. Illinois has its own Dram Shop Act, which holds that a business that sells alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated, or a minor, can be held liable for any accident that customer causes.

Depending on the facts of your case, other parties may be liable. Our attorneys will work to hold all liable parties responsible for your injuries and losses.

What are common car accident injuries?

There are many different types of car accident injuries, but some of the most common include:

  • Whiplash. This is an injury to the neck and upper back that occurs when the head is suddenly and forcefully jerked back and forth. Whiplash is often caused by rear-end collisions, but it can also occur in other types of accidents.
  • Head and brain injuries. These can range from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBIs can cause a variety of symptoms, including headaches, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and personality changes.
  • Spinal cord injuries. These can result in paralysis or other serious disabilities. Spinal cord injuries are most likely to occur in high-speed accidents or when the head or neck is forcefully hyperextended or flexed.
  • Broken bones. These can occur in any part of the body, but they are most common in the arms, legs, and ribs. Broken bones can require surgery and a long rehabilitation time.
  • Internal injuries. These can include damage to the heart, lungs, liver, spleen, and other organs. Internal injuries are often not immediately apparent, but they can be life-threatening.
  • Burns. These can be caused by fire or chemicals. Burns can range from mild to severe and can require extensive medical treatment.
  • Lacerations. These are cuts that can range from superficial to deep. Lacerations can require stitches or other medical treatment.
  • Sprains and strains. These are injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Sprains and strains can cause pain, swelling, and limited range of motion.

It is important to seek medical attention immediately after a car accident, even if you do not think you are injured. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, and early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent complications.

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. You should speak to an experienced Jerseyville car accident lawyer to discuss your legal options.

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What is the value of my Jerseyville car accident claim?

Many car accident victims need treatment at ERs, hospitals, and burn centers. After serious injury, you may need rehabilitative therapy, medications, and surgeries. Our Jerseyville attorneys work to ensure you secure compensation for all of your past, current, and future:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income and wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Property damage

How long do I have to file my Jerseyville car accident claim?

In Illinois, you have up to two years after the accident to bring a claim. Claims brought after the statute of limitations expires will be unsuccessful. This is why it’s so important to have a Jerseyville car accident attorney on your side, to ensure prompt and timely filing of your claim according to all deadlines.

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Do you have a car accident attorney near me?

Glisson Law is located at 111 East Fourth Street, Suite 400, in Alton, IL. We’re only a block away from City Hall, and there is plenty of parking across the street. There’s also a bus stop right outside our office. Glisson Law conducts phone and video conferences when applicable, and makes home and hospital visits if you cannot travel to us.

Car accident attorneys working for you, serving Jerseyville, Illinois

When you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, reach out to the experienced Jerseyville attorneys at Glisson Law. We understand how to investigate car accidents, assigning fault and liability, to help you secure compensation for all of your injuries and losses. To schedule a free consultation today, call or fill out our contact form.