T-bone accidents typically occur at intersections when a driver fails to stop at a stop sign or stoplight. Liability in these accidents is often contested, with each driver blaming the other. To protect your rights, contact an experienced accident attorney as soon as possible.
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Comparative Fault in an Illinois Car Crash
In Illinois, your recovery in a motor vehicle accident claim is reduced by any percentage of fault that is assigned to you. If the other driver's insurance company believes you are 50 percent or more at fault, it may not offer to pay you anything.
Since fault is an important issue in your case, evidence of liability should be collected and preserved before it is lost. That evidence may include:
- Recorded statements from witnesses
- Skid marks and other evidence from the accident scene
- Images from red light cameras
- Cellphone records of the other driver (for evidence of distracted driving)
You should not discuss fault with the insurance company of the other driver, as you could be maneuvered into saying things that create liability for you. For example, if the insurance company representative asks you if you looked both ways at the intersection, you may answer "no" because you knew you had the right of way. Unfortunately, admitting that you failed to look both ways could result in a percentage of fault being assigned to you.
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