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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.

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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.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: I was in a car accident that was caused by the other driver. I was injured.

I can't afford an attorney and I can prove fault was on the other person despite the police reports findings. There were also factual errors in the police report. Can anyone help me or am I out of luck and a car? I am living below poverty level. I am a single income home for a family of 5.

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Jan 30, 2020

If you were injured and did not cause the collision, many of us would be willing to represent you on a contingent basis in regards to your personal injuries, meaning you would not have to pay anything out of pocket for legal services. The attorney you retain would be compensated by way of a... Read more »

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Q: My son had a accident in the family car his insurance paid the other person but know 9 months later she is suing all

Of us in civil court even though she hit him but he received the ticket for failing the right away

Robert D. Kreisman
Robert D. Kreisman answered on Jan 6, 2020

Even in such a doubtful claim, you should immediately notify your insurance company of the lawsuit who will or should take care of this and defend all.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: If I hit a deer while on call for work are they liable for damage to my vehicle?
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Dec 27, 2019

If you were driving at the request of your employer and you were injured, the injuries and any wage loss would be covered under Workers' Compensation. It is NOT sufficient that you were "on-call" but driving for entirely personal reasons. Under NO circumstances would your car be covered under... Read more »

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Q: I have a court appearance d/t failure to yield accident from driveway ticket resulting to collision and damage.

There was no injury nor need of EMS or hospitalization at that time but now the other party is claiming for physical injury. Should I be needing a legal representative for court for that ticket violation?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 14, 2019

It would be advisable to do two things in your position. As a first step, you could contact an Illinois traffic ticket attorney and discuss your violation. Many offer free initial consults and based on your situation, they could help you make a decision on how you wish to proceed.

Second,...
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Q: I got a ticket for failure to yield in an accident. What if the other driver shows up to court

Do I just plead guilty at that point? If I just pay the tick and not go to court, how does that effect anything in the future?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 26, 2019

Depends on points. Sometimes you can get a no point plea.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Illinois on
Q: What should I do in my case? How do I get my insurance to cover the damages to my car ?

My auto insurance has denied my claim for property damage and rescinded my policy due to misrepresentation and false warranties.

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Nov 11, 2019

If you are correct about your misrepresentations, your insurance is probably within its rights to refuse payment and to cancel you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: In preparing to bring civil action for an auto accident I have been able to show the police falsified a report

One witness accused by one driver causing him to back into my son, was released without statement the Driver information exchange was missing the offending driver info on my sons copy. I hired an independent collision expert who determined it was impossible for the accident to happen the way it... Read more »

Michael J. Morse
Michael J. Morse answered on Nov 4, 2019

Speak to your attorney handling the auto case. Sounds like if you show your evidence you can get the report changed or at least show there is a question of fact regarding the veracity of the report. You should also try and make an addendum to the original report. Good luck!

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Well I’m a truck driver. And I came to a complete stop. Another driver hit me on the right side

Because she was speeding. But the police didn’t hear my side of the story and gave both of us a ticket. I don’t think it was fair if she hit me . Her vehicle is damaged in the front.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Oct 31, 2019

I imagine she told a different story. Cop is not the ultimate decision-maker and he did not witness the crash. You need to plead not guilty and show up in court.

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Q: I am being sued for a car accident 2 years ago and I cant afford an attorney. What do I do?

I was in a car accident in 2017 and now I received a court summons that says I am being sued for over $50K. I had auto insurance at the time but they aren’t responding to me now. I am a single mother living in a low wage job, I can’t even afford an attorney. What do I do??

Robert D. Kreisman
Robert D. Kreisman answered on Oct 25, 2019

I think that you should call the plaintiff's lawyer as soon a possible and let that person know you are uninsured. Most lawyers will then request from the Illinois Secretary of State a form letter that in fact you are uninsured and proceed not against you, which would be fruitless, but instead... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: how to handle a vehicle claim with homeowners insurance involved

i was recently re-ended and also a tree of my neighbors fell into my drive and also damaged my vehicle and now i am getting the run around from 3 insurance companies and need advice on how to handle this

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 8, 2019

This is something that an Illinois attorney would be best suited to advise you on, but your question remains open for three weeks. There is not really a step-by-step instruction for this situation, based on the brief facts at hand. It sounds like it could turn out to be a complex case because... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Car accident 3 years ago with CTA bus.

I was in a car accident 3 years go with a CTA bus. I took the fault. Had no other choice. CTA bus driver was soooo dramatic left in a ambulance.

Later the CTA bus driver sued me for injuries.

I think it’s absolutely unfair because my car had all the damages and the CTA bus... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 11, 2019

Your insurance will fight it. That's what you have insurance for. That's what they do.

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Civil Case Against UBER Techs, Rasier LLC and the Drivers Negligence caused my accident in Illinois. To my Son and I.

December 24th, 2017 @ 7:03 the driver sped thru the intersection failing to stop at all and with speed. I drove through my intersection w/ no stop sign and I t-boned the driver with passenger through the UBER app. Driver was driving with 2 moving violations of speeding over 15 mph within that year... Read more »

Robert D. Kreisman
Robert D. Kreisman answered on Sep 11, 2019

Your case should be postured to file suit soon based on your fact description. I would urge you to hire an experienced attorney if you haven't done so already. The "Driver's" traffic violation records may not come in as evidence necessarily and will likely be challenged as to relevancy. There... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: I hit a car and the man wants to sue me because my insurance doesn’t want to pay everything

The repair is 777 and my insurance offer him 617 so he just needs to pay 160 extra I am a full time student and only work part time what should I do he keeps bothering me and I told him to contact my insurance again

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Sep 5, 2019

You should get involved. Either your insurance thinks the repair is too expensive or they have decided to apportion 20% of the fault to the other driver. If you cannot get your insurance to pay him $777, you should offer to pay the $160. If he sues you, he will get whatever he needs to fix his... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Civil Rights for Illinois on
Q: I'm now adult felon I won a civil settlement as a child with a guardian am I able to receive Daley center case records.

I was as a child in a hit and run accident which at the time I had a relative as a guardian this now I'm an adult yet being with my guardian and I having us both going to the Daley center in Chicago Illinois for this civil settlement lawsuit we had won moreover I'm now independent as an adult with... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 19, 2019

If you are now an adult convictions would not affect your ability to benefit from the settlement or get your records. I'm not understanding the issue in the last sentence.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: My husband owns the car . I was driving it and had a car accident. The insurance has both names on it...who will be sued
Edward X. Clinton, Jr
Edward X. Clinton, Jr answered on Jun 7, 2019

Both you and your husband will be sued as you were the driver and possible tortfeasor and because he was an owner and may have insurance. You should hire an experienced lawyer to represent you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: my son-in-law caused accident ystdy & a girl who driver was injured. he doesn't know what to do. his ins had expired/

My daughter's bf was getting onto exit and veered back onto the expressway and cut off an suv and the suv lost control and rolled over several times. the driver was injured. his insurance had expired. they let him go with 2 citations and a court date. he is only working part time. he and my... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2019

Was it his vehicle? if not and the vehicle had insurance that would cover him. He can contact legal aid but chances are they won't handle a case like that as it's not a criminal case. Ultimately, if he's sued, bankruptcy may be his best option.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got crash with another car and i only have permit and my ticket is improper lane usage and i lied at first that my mom

was driving but in the end I confess that i was the one and he ask me why i lied and i told him that i’m so nervous which is true that i startled. what’s going to happen to me in the court? I’m only 16?

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Apr 21, 2019

Worst case, you will likely get Court Supervision and fine and have to complete Traffic Safety School. Best case, the ticket is dismissed if the other driver does not show up to court. If you are really concerned, you can hire an attorney to assist you with this matter.

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