Hi I live in the state of Illinois and that is where the accident occured also.
This is what happened. I live in Southern IL so it is country here and the road that the accident occured on has no lines painted on it, it is an oil and chip road. Anyways, I was heading west bound when the other vehicle came over a hill eastbound in my lane and struck me head on. I was in my lane with my right tires on the edge of the road. I went through the ditch after impact and slid back across the road facing south. When her car finally came to rest it was facing west when she was traveling east. From the 1st point of impact my vehicle stopped 60-80 ft up the road, her vehicle stopped app. 300ft up the road! I was traveling between 40 and 45 mph. After the accident I walked to her vehicle and she began saying to me "I'm sorry, it's my fault." Of corse when police arrived it was a diff story.
I had a 1993 Chevy 4x4 full size truck and she was driving a 1995 Pontiac Sunfire, both vehicles were totalled out.
The truck I was driving was my friends, he has Allstate insurance, and I have State Farm on MY vehicles, his and my ins are both full coverage, she had State Farm and only had liability. (she was also only 16 when this happened driving home from school) I am 25.
Now that I have given you background info let me ask my questions and concerns....
This happened 02/04/2006 Illinois State Police were called on the scene, she left by ambulance and I refused because they wanted me to sit in the front seat of the ambulance so I waited for my wife and she took me to the ER.
I ended up having 2 broken feet and my neckk was injured, I am still to this day unsure what she or her passanger suffered from.
My friend ended up having Allstate issue him a check for his truck and they have paid all of my hospital bills, they are suppose to go after State Farm to get reimberssed.
By the way she was issued a ticket for improper lane usage.
I hired an attorney around March 06 I believe. He hasn't done anything. Here it is August 2007 and still nothing has been done. Her ins. adjuster said that we were both at fault regardless of her ticket. She was suppose to appear on Feb 28,2006 to plea and didn't show up at least 3 times that I know of for this ticket. No warrant was issued just kept rescheduling her court date.
After making several calls to my lawyer I finally got a letter on May 7,2007 that we are going to have to file suit. I haven't any idea why it took this long to file. Well since then I haven't heard anything. I have to keep calling in and asking whats going on with case or they just forget about me.
His fee is 1/3 of settlement minus medical bills. My question is can I fire him and if so do I owe him anything as of right now. He only gets money if I win, and he hasn't done anything. I really want a diff lawyer because I am afraid he is going to sit on his a** and not do anything and I am going to lose this case.
Also I was wondering if anyone had any ideas if I win about how much should I expect or of they offer me something what would be legitimate?
I know this was long and winded but I wanted to give the whole story so ANY responses would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!