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My auto insurance has denied my claim for property damage and rescinded my policy due to misrepresentation and false warranties.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

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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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
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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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I’m only 16 y/o and I only have my permit and i got crash with another car and my ticket is improper lane usage

what’s going to happen to my permit and If i said to the court that i’m guilty? what will happen?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Apr 21, 2019

Your GDL restrictions will be extended. Go to court and ask for supervision. In order to do that you have to have a parent or guardian present and you will have to take a safe driving course. If the other driver does not show up in court asked that the ticket be dismissed. You might want to have... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Would small claims court in my county or arbitration be a winning solution for me?

Have only liability auto insurance. My insurance wont pay me anything from damage other party caused to my vehicle.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 12, 2019

It could depend on the amount of damages at hand and the respective limits of each. Many attorneys provide free initial consultations in accident-related claims. A quick consult might help in the decision of which route to pursue.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Illinois on
Q: So I have no small claims case now?

I made a claim against other party's auto insurance for damage to my vehicle. Their auto insurance company denied my claim, said their client is not legally responsible.

Robert D. Kreisman
Robert D. Kreisman answered on Apr 5, 2019

Assuming you didn't already make a claim for the property damage with your own insurer, you are not prohibited from filing your own case for the damages. First, make sure your carrier is not already pursuing this claim.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I have citation for improper lane usage, speeding and accident involved in Illinois.

citation says no court appearance required but I received the letter from circuit court that court appearance required.

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Mar 26, 2019

That is likely because you received more than one citation. The officer mistakenly marked the tickets as no court appearance required. If you are unable to appear in court, contact an attorney that practices in the courthouse where your tickets are assigned. An attorney may be able to appear on... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Can i get a ticket off my record that was listed wrong?

I got a ticket for failure to yield because i had accident. I was turning left on a one way street the correct way. When i had court i asked for a new date because i was sick. I got a paper in the mail saying i was found guilty of turning the wrong way on a one way street which is inacurate. The... Read more »

Jeremy Wang
Jeremy Wang answered on Jan 10, 2019

It appears you missed Court. The judge entered a judgment against you not being present in Court. There may have been clerical error by way of information on the ticket or how it was entered into the Court Clerks system. You went back to Court to try to clear the ticket. However, It is not clear... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Can I be held liable for someone else's use of my car if I let them use it?

Thank you for taking the time to read my question! I am giving my old car to my aunt. She is planning on moving out of state before its registration is up for renewal. I already have the car insured in her name now. To save her money, I figured would simply wait to sign the title over until she... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 9, 2019

Generally you're only responsible if she is careless. But why the wait? It can cause complications especially if your name is on it and the insurance lapses. Then you can be liable.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Can my friend stepmother press personal property damage charges on me? I was not the driver but the vehicle is mine.

My friend was the driver and hit her stepmother vehicle. The front fender has a minor dent but major scratches. I offered to pay for the damages because it was my vehicle even though I was not driving, my close friend was. Since I work part time and only make about 500.00 take home weekly I asked... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Dec 28, 2018

I have no idea what you are asking. "Press charges" is a silly term that usually refers to someone to asking the State's Attorney to file minor criminal charges against someone. If that is what you mean, I assume you did not have insurance on the car and the stepmother wants to charge her... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Can I discover if my car was stopped too closely to an emergency technician bringing a patient to the truck

An emergency technician might have taken a photo of my plates.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 16, 2018

I have no idea what this is about. You know, presumably how close you were.

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