The video below is an accident reconstruction animation lawyers Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman used to help win a multi-million-dollar settlement for their clients, a husband and wife who were injured in a rear-end collision.

Determining Negligence in a Rear End Collision with a Commercial Truck

The driver who rear ends another vehicle is not negligent as a matter of law, i.e., the driver is not automatically at fault.  In every case fault is determined by looking at the specific facts and circumstances.

When our attorneys work on a collision case, they do their own investigation and hire accident reconstruction experts when necessary.  They gather evidence and analyze every detail as they build their case for fault on the part of the driver who rear ended our client.  In a recent case, we hired an expert in accident animation to do a video of the accident.  The video convinced the other side that they needed to settle the case for over $2 million.

If the vehicle that rear ended your vehicle left skid marks, this may be evidence of negligence (fault), depending on the other facts in the case.  Because there are situations where skidding can occur without negligence on the part of the driver, skidding alone can not be the basis of a finding of negligence.

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Product Liability Claims

If the driver had bad brakes or another mechanical problem, you may have a product liability claim for money damages against one or more of the following:

  • a maintenance company
  • the manufacturer of the brakes or other defective part
  • the manufacturer of the vehicle.

You may have a product liability case even if there has not been a recall of the vehicle. The best way to determine if you have a product liability case is to contact an accident lawyer.

Suing For Bodily Injury

If you have had a bodily injury caused by someone else’s negligent actions, you can hold them financially responsible for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Attorneys Fred Pritzker, Eric Hageman, and Brendan Flaherty have won numerous multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts for their clients. They have won cases against drivers, bus and truck companies, manufacturers, service companies, dealerships, and others. Past accident settlements and verdicts include:


Below is information that may help you hire the best lawyer for your case: