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Chicago Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers Protecting Your Rights

Auto Accident Attorneys in Chicago Put the Brakes on Misconduct Behind the Wheel

Every year, approximately 2.5 million people are injured in motor vehicle accidents. Every 12 to 15 minutes, someone is killed. Drunk drivers, speeding, driving distractions and faulty motor vehicle equipment are just a few of the reasons that millions of motorists, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians become victims of car accidents. The motor vehicle accident lawyers at DePaolo & Zadeikis believe that even one severe injury, or one death, is one too many.

When at-fault drivers are not forced to pay the price for their negligence, recklessness or intentional behaviors, they continue to speed, text while driving, and disobey traffic laws, jeopardizing the safety of others on the road. And sadly, it is victims like you who are left to shoulder the costs. It’s time to put the brakes on misconduct behind the wheel.

If you were injured in a motor vehicle crash, call the auto accident attorneys at DePaolo & Zadeikis right away at 312-263-7560 for a free consultation.

What’s Driving Car Crashes Seen by Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers in Chicago?

Car accidents are caused by a wide variety of behaviors, road conditions and equipment failures. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, the most common causes of car accidents include:

  • Distracted Driving: As the use of cellphones, GPS systems and other types of technology continues to rise, distracted driving is more common. Texting, posting on social media and adjusting music aren’t the only culprits, however. Eating and drinking behind the wheel, talking with friends, and gazing out the window at the roadside sights and sounds play a big role in driving distractions as well.
  • Speeding: American drivers tend to have a need for speed, and those heavy feet cause thousands of car accidents every year. Putting the pedal to the metal increases the risk for crashes and also the severity of property damage and injuries.
  • Impaired Driving: Drunk and drugged driving results in catastrophic accidents for motorists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians, but drivers continue to get behind the wheel while impaired. Drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs aren’t the only ways to drive impaired, however. Studies show that an increasing number of people are getting into car accidents while impaired by prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Defective Equipment: 30.7 million vehicles were recalled because of defects in 2017. Faulty airbags, defective tires, unsafe designs and equipment failures put the safety of motor vehicle passengers at significant risk.

When people are involved in serious car crashes, the injuries that result are frequently life-changing. While some car accident injuries are temporary and many go unnoticed, even minor fender benders can cause permanent disability, suffering, and emotional distress, which result in substantial costs for medical treatment. Brain damage, amputations, permanent disfigurement, paralysis and PTSD are common injuries sustained by victims of serious motor vehicle crashes.

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Our Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers Can Be the Difference in Your Case

When you’re involved in a serious car accident, the initial shock from the crash may have a significant impact on your judgement, your ability to make decisions, your sense of pain and loss, and more. The way you handle the minutes, days and weeks after a crash, however, can substantially affect your ability to recover full and fair compensation.

Our auto accident attorneys provide guidance and legal representation from the moments right after a crash until your case is settled to ensure that your rights are always protected.

If you were involved in a car crash, contact the motor vehicle accident lawyers at DePaolo & Zadeikis today  at 312-263-7560 for a free case evaluation.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As efforts concerning the containment of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continue to evolve here in the U.S. and around the world, we want to assure you that Depaolo & Zadeikis remain committed to three important priorities:

As such, we continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and decided to follow the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC and other state and local officials. In accordance with these recommendations and until further notice, DePaolo & Zadeikis Attorneys at Law will be making modifications to the delivery of our services until further notice. To be sure, our services will continue to be available to you – just differently as the pandemic response evolves.

Our offices remain open for business; however, we encourage all existing clients to help us limit exposure and the potential spread of COVID-19 by avoiding in-office meetings. We remain open for business virtually during normally scheduled work hours 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday). All email, fax, telephone, and other electronic communication will continue without interruption. If you have a scanner please scan documents and send them to us in.PDF format. If you do not have a scanner, there are smartphone apps available such as CamScanner, Adobe Scan and Genius Scan (and many others), that will turn your smartphone into a document scanner at zero or little cost.

Our local courts continue to update and modify their policies in response to the current COVID-19 situation as well, and we are monitoring those to navigate the impact on your claims. At this point, the Courts and the Illinois Workers Compensation System are operating on a partial basis. We are continuing to advance our cases on an electronic basis as well as telephonically. As the situation evolves, we will advise our clients.

We also know that many of you have been personally impacted in a number of ways, and we apologize for any inconvenience these modifications may cause you but of course we are all experiencing this disruption together and will get through it together. We will resume normal operations as soon as the local, state and national governments give instructions that it is reasonable to do so. We appreciate your flexibility as we do our part to help bring this unprecedented situation under control.

Again, we are fully operational and are actively working on your claims. If there is anything you need, please feel free to contact our office (telephonically or electronically) during office hours so that we can direct your call and follow up accordingly.