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Deratany & Kosner, formerly The Deratany Firm, knows how dangerous Chicago’s roads and highways can be for drivers, pedestrians, motorcycle riders, cyclists and others. While most drivers understand how important it is to share the road, serious accidents can happen in a moment’s notice on any Cook County route, from I-90 on the South Side to North Broadway or West Peterson Avenue in the city’s Edgewater neighborhood. You or a loved one may be seriously injured or killed in a car wreck. You may be confronting significant losses, including medical expenses, funeral expenses (in a wrongful death case), loss of wages, pain and suffering and more.

Car accidents demand serious legal representation from a law firm that will put your needs first. We can help fight for the compensation and closure you need so you can focus on getting better.

At Deratany & Kosner, we’re guided by our passion for advocacy. Learn more about how our firm’s experienced team of attorneys can help if you were injured or a loved one was injured or died in the following types of car accidents. For more information, contact our Chicago car accident law firm today at 800-529-7285 for a risk-free case consultation.

  • Rear-End Accidents
  • Side Impact Collisions
  • Accidents in Intersections
  • Head-on Crash Injuries
  • Hit-and-Run Accidents

Injuries ssuffered as a result of these types of accidents can be severe and life altering. You may have suffered a neck injury or burns to your head or neck, have nerve damage or spinal cord paralysis, broken or dislocated a bone or limb, or even have lost the use of a limb. You may be unable to return to work and struggle with medical bills.

You may be overwhelmed after an accident. We can help. We’re familiar with the many contributing factors in car accidents and know how to determine liability and hold the responsible driver accountable for your car wreck. Our experienced attorneys will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.

Rear-End Accidents

Rear-end accidents are among the most common type of collision seen on Chicago roads and highways. With so many people on the road at once, start-and-stop traffic is a common cause of rear-end collisions at intersections, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and parking lots. It’s critical for accident victims to remember that even at low speeds, even a fender-bender can result in long-term injuries.

How do rear-end accidents happen in Illinois? While no two accidents are the same, our attorneys understand that some causes of accidents are more common than others. A driver may have been distracted by a cell phone or radio and taken her eyes off the wheel for a split-second as a traffic signal changed. He may have been speeding or driving drunk.

Injuries resulting from rear-end car accidents can be potentially severe and include the following:

  • Neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain injuries

Determining fault in a rear-end collision is generally clearer than in other types of car accidents. In many instances, the driver of a car stopped at a stop sign or light did nothing wrong. A distracted driver may have been preoccupied with his phone when the rear-end collision occurred, or the driver may have appeared to be visibly intoxicated at the accident scene.

While fault may be clear in a rear-end collision, accident-related injuries can often be difficult to prove. Your medical bills may skyrocket due to a neck injury. Lost wages add up fast if you missed time at work. Insurance companies are often quick to downplay the seriousness of your injuries. Deratany & Kosner, formerly The Deratany Firm, can work with insurance companies to help you and your loved ones recover compensation after an accident in Chicagoland.

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Side Impact Collisions

Side impact collisions – also known as broadside traffic accidents or T-bone collisions – are among the most serious types of accidents that can occur on Chicago roadways. That’s because while safety features such as airbags exist to keep passengers safe, side impact accidents involve a vehicle that’s struck on the side and often involve high speeds.

In Illinois, broadside collisions often occur at busy intersections such as those found all around Chicago and its surrounding communities. Some of the most serious and potentially fatal side impact collisions can occur in neighborhoods such as Irving Park or West Town, but can also occur at any heavily-traveled rural intersection across the state.

No matter where an accident occurs, Deratany & Kosner understands that injuries sustained by accident victims in a T-bone crash are rarely minor. An accident victim may sustain broken bones or internal organ injuries. Spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries are common in accidents involving larger vehicles. In some instances, a loved one may suffer a wrongful death as a result of a broadside collision.

How do side impact collisions occur in Illinois? A driver may ignore or not see a traffic signal because she is distracted. Timing usually determines which car was hit by the other. But while a driver may have been distracted by a cell phone, speeding, driving recklessly or under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, determining fault in these accidents is often difficult and confusing. Insurance companies for the at-fault driver are quick to find ways to minimize exposure and sometimes will try to shift blame.

The experienced attorneys at Deratany & Kosner encourage victims of side impact collisions to consult with a passionate legal advocate after an accident. The driver who caused your accident may deny wrongdoing. The insurance company may try to downplay your injuries. We can help prove fault in your accident and work to recover compensation on your behalf.

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Accidents in Intersections

Chicago intersections can be dangerous places for drivers. From the infamous six-way intersection of Milwaukee, North and Damien Avenues on the North Side, to West Side’s Chicago and Cicero Avenue to the intersection of Halsted, Lincoln and Fullerton in Lincoln Park, accidents at intersections often involve multiple vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and serious, potentially fatal injuries. At Deratany & Kosner, our experienced legal staff understands that intersection accidents in Chicago are sadly all too common.

Why do intersection accidents occur in Chicago? The very nature of an intersection, where two or more roads cross each other, facilitates that drivers rely on traffic signals and other drivers on the road to safely turn left or right, cross lanes or travel straight. It should come as no surprise that intersection collisions are often attributable to drivers who fail to safely share the road with one another. This can occur when a driver is distracted, such as texting while driving, speeding through a traffic signal or under the influence of alcohol.

Intersection accidents in Chicago are rarely minor. That’s because accidents at stop signs and traffic signals often involve at least one driver traveling at a high rate of speed. Broadside – or T-Bone – collisions are common at intersections and can lead to drivers or passengers being struck with incredible force. Neck injuries, head and spinal cord trauma and broken bones are common. In some cases, an intersection accident may prove to be fatal for loved ones. Our firm represents surviving family members in wrongful death cases.

After an accident, determining liability may prove to be difficult without a lawyer. A driver may claim he or she had the right-of-way or simply “failed to see” your vehicle moments before an accident. On rare occasions, an intersection accident may even be caused by a faulty traffic control device or a vehicle defect. Proving fault after an intersection accident is a critical component to recovering damages for injuries and property damage sustained in the accident.

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Head-on Crash Injuries

Head-on car accidents are among the most serious types of accidents seen on Chicago-area roads and highways. When two speeding vehicles collide, the extreme forces often result in significant injuries and major damage to the automobiles. Accident victims may never be able to walk again or may be scarred and disfigured. Their ability to think and enjoy life as they did before the accident may be compromised by a traumatic brain injury. In catastrophic injury cases, a car accident victim may live for months or even years before dying as a result of the crash. In these complex cases, it’s often necessary for our attorneys to work with several experts, including accident reconstructionists, medical experts, and others who can provide testimony that will support the claim. We have access to top experts in Illinois, and their testimony has helped us obtain successful results & verdicts.

Our experts help us demonstrate causation, which is critical in a claim but often difficult to prove. Many injury victims in accidents often get frustrated after an insurance company tries to argue their condition was “pre-existing” and not caused by the negligent driver. An accident may seem straightforward. Perhaps the other driver was under the influence of alcohol or speeding. But experience shows us accident cases are rarely ever clear-cut, which is why it’s critical to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. A delay can affect your rights. Under the statute of limitations in Illinois, you only have a limited amount of time to initiate a car accident lawsuit. Additionally, witnesses may disappear or forget events as time goes by.

Deratany & Kosner understands how difficult life can be become the days, weeks and months after a head-on accident in Chicago. Medical bills can add up quickly. You may be unable to return to work and earn a living. The true long-term cost of your accident can be astronomical. We represent clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries or property damage as a result of head-on collisions. We leave nothing unexamined when fighting for the compensation our clients need.

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Hit-and-Run Accidents

The moments following a serious car accident can be traumatic for car accident victims. You or a loved one may be injured. You may be frightened or even angry. You may be waiting for law enforcement officials or an ambulance to arrive. At Deratany & Kosner, we understand that this situation can become even more complicated when another driver involved in a car crash chooses to flee the scene of the accident. Many do so because they are uninsured.

Hit-and-run accidents occur when one party leaves the scene of an accident without producing insurance information. In some instances, this driver may speed off before you’re able to pull your vehicle to safety. In other instances, a driver may pull over and appear to be compassionate, but then leave the accident scene before producing driver documentation. No matter the reason why a driver chooses to flee the scene, he or she is breaking the law.

You or a loved one may be injured after a hit-and-run accident. Your vehicle may be totaled. Yet without another driver’s insurance information, you may wonder how to pay for these damages. Even if law enforcement officials track down the driver who hit you, he or she may lack auto insurance.

Our firm’s attorneys bring decades of experience to the table protecting the rights of those injured in hit-and-run accidents. You may be entitled to compensation from your own insurance company’s uninsured or underinsured motorist policy after a crash. But while you think your insurance carrier is on your side, in such cases the carrier may turn into an adversary.

We will examine evidence, interview witnesses and pore over medical documents to show the impact of the hit-and-run accident to the insurance company.

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