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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Why is an accident showing up on my driving record? I was issued a ticket, but it was thrown out in court.

A background check reveals the following information: *** ACCIDENT ***

CITATION ISS FOR TRAFFIC VIOLS OTHER THAN SECTIONS 11-501 OR 11-502 OF THE IVC

PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENT

Can I somehow get this removed? Again, the citation was thrown out in court.

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Nov 17, 2020

Not sure what type of background check you are referring to, but Petty Traffic Offense typically do not show up on background checks. This will require further review by an attorney. The sooner you contact an attorney, the better.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: I need your advice, Someone ALLOWS you to drive their car. You have an accident. They claim it on their insurance.

The insurance totals it out and cuts them a check for $6300 which goes to the bank leaving them owing $700. They then turn around and say you need to pay them $6000. Does this seem right? Not denying that something has to be paid, but it seems that they are trying to get paid twice. Advice me... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Oct 25, 2020

Assuming that you agree that you were at fault for the accident, you would be obligated to pay the owner of the car $700 as that is the limit of the expense they incurred.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Will I Still Have A Driver's License?

So in August I have gotten a ticket for no insurance. But I had brought proof of insurance to bring to court on September 23rd, they said I have gotten the insurance too late about it. So I have to pay a fine and on court supervision. Today October 19 I had court for a terrible accident on... Read more »

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Oct 19, 2020

Your fact pattern about do not show any reason for your license to be suspended. Your 9/12/20 accident does not violate your 9/23/20 Court Supervision because it happened before you were placed on Court Supervision. You only violate Court Supervision when you pick up a new case while on Court... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: If I hire a lawyer to defend me in a case, what do I do if the attorney has done little to nothing for me. Pdf 2000$
Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Sep 21, 2020

If you are not happy with your attorney, you should hire a new attorney. The sooner you hire another attorney, the better. Make sure to tell your potential new attorney, what issues you had with your last attorney so the same issues do not come up.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: If my accident Medical paid $25.000 towards my Hospital Bills & put a lien for $8,514.84 on My Judgement, of $25.000 l

$25.000 left for pain & suffering. Can i despute this?

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Sep 17, 2020

You need to restate your question in terms that we can understand. A "judgment" can ONLY be rendered by a Court. If you really mean a "Judgment" of $25,000.00, you have an attorney and should discuss this with him/her.

Insurance companies CANNOT Lien anything. They...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: I believe someone called the police on me but none have shown up yet.

I was at a light when someone honked and accelerated quickly as I did and tried to cut around me quickly getting very close to my car without using a turn signal, I didn't allow them to pass until we were both well over the legal limit and although I should not have we both drove recklessly as... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Sep 15, 2020

The important thing here is that you recognize that your behavior was ill-considered and could well have ended in your arrest/and or loss of your driving privileges. Let it be a lesson learned. Wherever you are, stay there for the evening. No officer is going to issue a ticket for behavior that he... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Since I have got a citation dismissed and did not signed it. What will happen with the Illinois Crash report?

I am the one that got badly injured and car completely totaled.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 5, 2020

An Illinois attorney could best advise, but your question remains open for two weeks. The description here is somewhat brief, but the fact that your citation against you was dismissed is something in your favor. If the citation was for something administrative, it might not be significant. If the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: My stepson caused damage to my home and car prior to him obtaining a permit to drive.

We had a verbal agreement that he would help with all the repairs. He has decided not to return to our home because his mother bought him a car (just turned 16) and doesn't like he would be grounded from the car at our home until the repairs are done to my car.

The mother is... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Sep 1, 2020

You ask: "Is it too late to report the damage?" Too late to report the damage to whom? If I understand you, correctly, you are saying that a 15-year-old drove one of your cars into your house, damaging both the car and the house. You also state that you made a "verbal... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I was the first to go through an unmarked intersection and was hit by a truck on my bike and was ticketed am I at fault.

I was more than 1/2 through the intersection on my motorized bike. I was thrown 15 plus feet by a suburban. My ankle was shattered and my bike was ruined. As well as stolen. Loss of ability to work. Inability to put any weight on my leg for 12 weeks. The intersection itself was completely unmarked... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Aug 23, 2020

Hire a personal injury lawyer. The ticket is small fries.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: my wife died car accident and is on her dad's insurance but since she's my wife do I get paid
John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Aug 22, 2020

This is a complicated issue. If you don’t have an attorney, you should retain one as soon as possible. You can feel free to contact me if you’re not represented.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Severe weather came through Chicago. My car was damaged. Should my employer or city or state pay my $500 deductible?

I’m a case manager and took my client to the bank and a medical appointment. After the bank we headed back to his home to avoid the weather. My car was parked out front and had major damages from trees. Should my employer or the city or state pay my $500 deductible? I was using the house van that... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 22, 2020

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It would largely depend on your arrangement with your employer. As for the City of Chicago, the general premise applied in many jurisdictions is that one would need to show negligence as a factor with damage... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for Illinois on
Q: I’m 16 years old and was caught driving 120 in a 50 ive had no prior encounters. What could happen to me?

It wasn’t a act of reckless driving at all the road was flat and straight and I went and one I caught up with traffic I stopped and immediately went with the flow of traffic

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Jul 28, 2020

Aggravated speeding 35+ over the limit is a class a misdemeanor. Technically, it is punishable by up to a year in jail and fines of up to $2500. There are a variety of possibilities depending on the specific circumstances as well as the courthouse where your case is pending. Penalties such as... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Auto insurance company denied my claim on May 28th & haven't mailed me my notice on why I was denied. Do I have a case?
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Jul 8, 2020

Who's auto insurance denied what claim and under what circumstances? Who was at fault? These questions and more would need to be addressed before anyone can advise how you should proceed. If you don't have a written denial, the claim is NOT denied and you certainly cannot sue the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: What am I legally entitled to in Illinois if I'm rear ended while stopped in traffic?

The car is a total loss. The insurance company is offering me a settlement amount that will pay off my outstanding loan, but leave me almost nothing for a down payment on a replacement vehicle, so I'll have to deplete my savings to get another car, and even if I get the same year, make and... Read more »

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on May 22, 2020

Did you suffer from any personal injuries as a result of the collision? If so, it is well advised to contact a personal injury attorney immediately, as you are entitled to additional compensation. The additional compensation for your injuries and other recoverable damages can assist in your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Rear ended by uninsured driver. Should I take it to small claims court??

My family was rear ended in Jan 2020 and they had no proof of insurance at the time of the accident so it was a mandatory court appearance and we were encouraged to appear. In court he submitted insurance to the court, getting the ticket dropped, but when I submitted our outstanding bills to the... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on May 19, 2020

Go to the prosecutor who handled the Hearing in February and provide him with your correspondence from the other driver's insurance company stating that the insurance was not in effect on the date of the accident.

If the Defendant has any motivation to drive, legally, he will pay...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: I hate a question about a car accident

My brother took my car without my permission and another car hit him on the eway. But my brother doesn’t have a license or ID so he ran because he was scared of going to jail. I don’t want to press charges on my brother at all but I want my car fixed. He was able to get a picture of her ID and... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on May 19, 2020

If you can prove that the accident was the fault of the other driver AND if she had insurance, her insurance will pay for your car.

If your brother lives with you and he is not on your policy, you had to expressly exclude him from coverage so your insurance will fight the claim. Even if...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: If you back into someone in a parking lot with a car that you do not have insurance for are you held reliable for damage

I know this sounds like a simple question but what if have insurance for your own vehicle. can that insurance pay for the damages.

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on May 14, 2020

It depends on many factors. On the one hand, you cannot own 4 cars, insure only one, and expect that you are covered for all four. The insurance company would cry "fraud." On the other hand, if the uninsured car belonged to someone else, and you do not drive it regularly, the damage to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: can a tow yard stop you from retrieving personal belongings ? Towed because of an accident.

My brother got into an accident with my fathers car. The tow lot took the vehicle with all our personal belongings. They are refusing to allow us access to the car at all. Illinois Statutes Chapter 625. Vehicles §-203. States that belongings such as identification, credit cards, or government... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 22, 2020

They should allow it.Call the cops if they want to be idiots. If anything is missing, file a claim with them and with whoever regulates them.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Employment Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: If I was working for a company and got into an accident do I pay the ticket?

I was working for my cousin and I was driving one of his work trucks and rear ended someone on the toll way near Addison I got a citation for driving to fast in unsafe road conditions my cousin told me he would handle my fine and took money off of my paycheck to do so because I was moving back home... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 22, 2020

At this point, pay the fine so you can get rolling then hassle with your relative. If they took money out of your paycheck, they must use it for that purpose.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: I was in car accident had insurance my insurance company denied both the claims and said I violated the policy by .

They say I dodnt disclose information which was not asked at the time I got the insurance had it almost two years now accident and this comes I'm being g sued what can I do

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 12, 2020

1) you have to answer the claim--you have a certain number of days to do this. You file an "entry of appearance pro se" and an answer.

2)contact a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Assn--they give free consults.

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