Posts Categorized: Auto Accident Attorney

What is the Penalty for Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Illinois?

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Strictly by the book, the penalty for leaving the scene of an accident in Prairie State is not too harsh. Violators face a maximum of one year in jail. Additionally, if the defendant caused more than $1,000 in damage, or caused a serious injury, the state will suspend the person’s drivers’ license. However, mostly because… Read more »

Understanding Liability and Limitations of Dram Shop Law in Illinois

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All states have laws pertaining to liquor liability that apply to bars, restaurants, clubs, pubs, and other such establishments serving and selling alcohol. Under the Illinois Dram Shop Act, also known as the Liquor Control Act of 1934, a third party may bring a lawsuit against an establishment that served a second party (customer) alcohol,… Read more »

Working with the Insurance Company After a Car Crash

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If liability is undisputed, Illinois law requires auto insurance companies to settle claims within 30 days. The settlement offer must be reasonable. The insurance company cannot tender a “low-ball” offer which does not amount to fair compensation. In minor property damage claims, like dents and scratches, early settlements are pretty common. The insurance company wants… Read more »

4 Things NOT to Do After an Illinois Auto Accident

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If you’re in a car accident, you know you need to file a police report, get medical care, and perhaps hire a lawyer if you’ve been seriously injured. But did you also know there are several actions that could damage your claim and your right to recovery? Consider this list of four things to never… Read more »

Electronic Evidence in Car Wreck Claims

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To obtain compensation for their injuries, accident victims must prove negligence by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). That’s the lowest standard of proof in Illinois law. So, traditional evidence sources, like the police accident report, are often sufficient to establish negligence in court. But that’s not always the case. The police… Read more »

Liability for Cell Phone-Related Crashes in Illinois

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Mobile device usage causes about 1.6 million car crashes a year. Most people agree that using a phone while driving is dangerous, yet most drivers admit they sometimes, or even regularly, engage in such behavior. Because of the danger and driver tendencies, Illinois has one of the broadest cell phone bans in the country. However,… Read more »

What You Need to Know About Vehicle Collisions and Serious Burns

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Many car crashes, especially large vehicle collisions, cause third- or fourth-degree burns. Third-degree burns destroy the skin, and fourth-degree burns sear bones. These injuries are not just difficult to surgically correct, they also require months or years of physical therapy. As a result, the average burn injury car crash hospital bill is more than $1.6… Read more »

Electronic Evidence in a Rockford Car Crash Case

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In Illinois vehicle collision claims, victim/plaintiffs must establish negligence by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). That’s the lowest standard of evidence in the Prairie State. Even still, traditional evidence sources may be insufficient. For example, the victim’s own testimony may be enough to establish liability. But quite often, car crashes happen… Read more »

Five Car Crash Dos and Don’ts

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Auto accidents happen a lot and most of them are not minor “fender bender” wrecks that snarl rush hour traffic. In fact, car crashes kill or seriously injure millions of Americans every year. Despite the statistics, many people never think they will be involved in a collision. Such injuries cause significant economic losses, like medical… Read more »

Breaking Down Rockford Hit and Run Claims

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Statistics vary significantly by jurisdictions, but typically, around half of hit-and-run drivers are caught and successfully prosecuted in criminal court. The percentage may be higher in civil court, mostly because of the lower standard of proof. In criminal court, prosecutors must establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, which means a witness must place the defendant… Read more »