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Were You Injured In A Car Accident?

Our law firm can help you down the road ahead

Driving is such an everyday part of life in the Midwest that most of us don't think twice about getting on the road. That may be why car accidents are so devastating. You never expected to be hurt doing something so mundane, and suddenly, you're dealing with serious injuries and everything that comes with them. You or a loved one may be unable to work and facing sky-high medical bills, among other expenses.

To an insurance company, though, your represents exposure to their bottom-line, and they will do everything they can to reduce the value of your case. Adjusters are constantly looking for reasons to reduce or deny claims. They may try to obtain a damaging recorded statement, downplay the extent or your injury to discourage you from seeking medical treatment and benefits, or even blame you for the accident itself! That's not right.

With offices in Peru, Ottawa, Morris and Chicago, Schweickert & Ganassin, LLP has been helping people injured in car accidents throughout Northern Illinois for decades. With over 120 years of combined experience, our attorneys get big results for our clients.

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What type of accident were you or a loved one in?

Every accident is unique, but many follow one or more common patterns. Click on the highlighted text below to find out how our attorneys can help with each type of accident.

We have extensive experience representing all victims of car accidents, including passengers as well as pedestrians and bicyclists who have been hit by cars.

Car accident cases can be highly complex. Experience matters.

Your accident may seem straightforward. Perhaps you were hit from behind, and fault is clear. The other driver may have admitted wrongdoing, and the insurance company may tell you that you don't need a lawyer. After all, their job is to pay for your injuries and make you whole again.

But in an instant, all of that can change. The at-fault driver may change his story. Even if fault isn't disputed, the insurance company may argue that your injuries weren't a result of the accident. The truth is that as soon as they told you that you wouldn't need a lawyer, they picked up the phone and dialed their own attorneys - and their job is to find ways to reduce or deny your claim.

That's why you need an experienced attorney on your side. As soon as you contact us and hire us to handle your case, we'll call the insurance and tell them to direct all further inquiries to our firm. We'll investigate the accident and, if needed, retain outside experts to prove the extent of your injuries. We'll negotiate on your behalf to reach a settlement that fairly compensates you for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, property damage and other losses due to the accident. And if they won't pay, we're prepared to face them at trial as well.

We're a small-town firm that gets big results for people hurt in car accidents. Reach out to Schweickert & Ganassin, LLP today for your free consultation. Call (866) 604-9075 .

Rear-End Collision

Rear-end accidents are some of the most common car crashes, and they seem fairly straightforward. After all, the driver in the rear car is presumed to be at fault. But things aren't always that simple. An insurance company might try to argue that you stopped short or failed to signal. More commonly, they may claim that your injuries couldn't possibly be severe because the accident happened at a slow speed.

Whether your accident was caused by a driver who was drunk, asleep at the wheel, texting or just not paying attention, we'll stand up for you. Our experienced attorneys will review your medical records and prove that the other driver's negligence caused you significant loss. Then, in negotiations and, if necessary, at trial, we'll fight to make you whole again.

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T-Bone Accident 

A car is said to be "t-boned" when another vehicle strikes its side head-on, typically in an intersection. T-bone accidents - also known as broadside collisions - can cause serious injuries because the side of a car provides much less protection than the front or rear. You may have suffered a broken bone or head injury, or you may have even lost a loved one.

Proving fault in a t-bone accident can be somewhat tricky, as the insurance company may try to argue that you ran a red light or otherwise drove recklessly leading to the collision. We'll reconstruct the scene, interview witnesses and review camera footage, if available, to prove that your injuries were the other driver's fault.

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Head-On Collision 

Head-on accidents are some of the deadliest of all because of the sheer amount of force involved. You may have lost a loved one in a head-on collision. Or, if you've survived such an accident, you may be dealing with a catastrophic injury to the head, back or spine. Moving on from such a crash can be extremely difficult, but our attorneys can help.

We'll carefully investigate the circumstances of your accident to show that the other driver was at fault - perhaps due to driving drunk, texting on a smart phone or falling asleep at the wheel. Our attorneys will interview witnesses, examine skid marks and even hire outside experts to reconstruct the accident scene. Put our experience to work to seek justice for your family.

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Distracted Driver 

Distracted driving has become an increasingly common problem on Northern Illinois roads in recent years. Motorists cause accidents while eating, adjusting the radio, talking on their cell phones and grooming behind the wheel. Often, distracted drivers end up causing rear-end collisions because they are not paying attention to the vehicle in front of them. These actions put motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists at even greater risk.

If your accident was caused by a distracted driver, you need an attorney's help. We'll review cell phone records and interview witnesses for the critical proof that the driver who hit you was distracted. Distracted driving accidents often happen at low speeds, and the insurance company may try to downplay the extent of your injuries. Our legal team will work hard to make sure they can't reduce or deny your claim.

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High-Speed Collision 

When accidents happen at high speeds, serious injuries follow. Speeding is a factor in many accidents because the driver has less time to avoid obstacles or react to changing road conditions. A high-speed collision on the highway may have left you with serious injuries, or you may have lost a loved one in the crash.

Even if the driver who hit you was ticketed for speeding, that doesn't mean your case will be easy. In fact, evidence of driver arrest, charge or receipt of ticket is generally inadmissible in a personal injury lawsuit. Our experienced injury attorneys know how to obtain evince of the other driver's negligence and prove your claim.

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Texting and Driving 

Texting while driving has become a high-profile cause of accidents in recent years. It's illegal in Illinois, but that doesn't stop some motorists from reading messages or typing on their screens and putting others at risk. Often, texting drivers cause rear-end accidents because they aren't paying close attention to the cars in front of them. These accidents can cause serious injuries, including brain damage from whiplash.

Evidence of texting and driving is often difficult to obtain in civil cases, as the cell carrier typically will only produce call logs in response to a subpoena. However, our skilled injury attorneys know how to gather this evidence through other avenues, such as witness statements, effective interrogation of the defendant driver, or even dashcam or traffic light camera video.

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Drunk Driver 

Despite decades of public service announcements warning motorists about the dangers of drinking and driving, some Illinois residents still choose to get behind the wheel while they cannot safely drive. Driving under the influence of prescription or recreational drugs can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving. Drunk drivers are often to blame for serious accidents such as head-on collisions, and unfortunately, they cause many fatal accidents as well.

Accidents caused by drunk drivers can lead to complex and difficult legal issues. However, they also sometimes present opportunities to obtain additional money for your injuries. For instance, in certain circumstances, a "dram shop" claim can also be filed against the bar or establishment that served alcohol to the inebriated driver. Sometimes, we can seek punitive damages - additional damages above and beyond the compensatory award that are meant to punish the negligent driver and stop others from engaging in similar behavior. Remember, even if the person who hit you was arrested for DUI, the police don't work for you. We do.

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Fatal Accident 

Losing a loved one is never easy, and fatal car accidents can be especially challenging because they happen so suddenly. In an instant, you're left to mourn their loss, and find a way to move forward without the companionship, support and affection that your loved one provided.

While legal action cannot bring back someone who was close to you, a wrongful death lawsuit can help to provide for the people he or she left behind. We'll listen to your story and discuss your family's legal options to get compensation for your loss. Our attorneys have over 120 years of combined experience handling complex injury and wrongful death cases; we'll be honored to work with your family as well.

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Peru, Illinois 61354
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