Because Illinois is a modified comparative fault state it allows for the plaintiff to be found to be up to 51% at fault for the accident before they cannot recover damages from the other party. You shouldn’t figure that because you weren’t completely without blame in causing your Illinois car accident that you have no chance of recovering damages.Your evidence for proving your Illinois car accident claim will be your greatest asset in keeping your degree of fault under the 51% threshold. Evidence you should be collecting includes:
- Photographs of the accident scene, vehicles involved, and your injuries;
- Police reports;
- Witness statements, names, and contact information;
- Medical reports and bills associated with the accident; and
- Correspondence with the insurance companies.
The better prepared you are with this sort of evidence, the easier it will be to prove your Illinois car accident claim. Your goal is to obtain the lowest degree of fault possible so your settlement amount will not be reduced as much.For more information on how your options change when you are found to be partially at fault for your Illinois car accident, visit our article library. Your claim isn’t over until a judge rules it so, or you receive a settlement, and a Chicago car accident lawyer can help you manage your case. An experienced Chicago car accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. is there to help you with all aspects of your Illinois car accident claim. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. 312-263-1080.