How Degree of Fault Effects Your SettlementThe degree of fault you are assigned by the judge or jury in your Illinois car accident claim is a numerical percent used to determine the amount your settlement is reduced by. For example, if you are found to be 20% at fault for your accident, and the final settlement is $100,000 you are entitled to $80,000 of that amount.
Other Compensation Types
Aside from obtaining compensation from the other driver’s insurance company following an Illinois car accident, your own insurance coverage may offer you some payment for your damages. Personal Injury Protection (PIP) also known as no-fault coverage will pay for your injuries should you be found to be over the 51% fault limit without further question.
If your Illinois car accident was with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, or the other driver fled the scene before you were able to identify them, you may still be protected if you elected to carry uninsured motorist coverage. This optional coverage provides for damages if the other driver’s insurance is inadequate to cover the state minimums of $20,000/$40,000/$20,000 or if the other driver cannot be identified.
Hiring a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer
Having an experienced Chicago car accident lawyer on your side when having to prove your degree of fault is your best chance at receiving a settlement that fairly and adequately addresses your short-term and long-term medical needs. Lawyers who have tried Illinois car accident cases similar to yours know the right evidence to present to help give your case the best chance it has.
A Chicago car accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. can help you gather and present your evidence to help get you the lowest degree of fault decision possible. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – 312-263-1080.