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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Insurance Defense for Illinois on
Q: I'm uninsured and someone lets me drive their car also is uninsured, i got into totaled the car, i do i have to pay?

got into an accident and totaled the car*, is it required to pay them?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Apr 5, 2021

If you are at fault in the accident and do not have insurance, then the victim or other party's insurance company very well may make demand on you and/or sue you for the damages. Also, it may impact your driving privileges. Depending on your financial situation, you may want to consult a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Recently my car was stuck in the snow I called a tow truck.

Upon the tow truck arrival I asked him to tow the vehicle from the front which there was room to allow that to happen. Instead he attached to chain to the bottom of the rear of the vehicle. As he drove off he began to snatch the vehicle several times slamming my vehicle into garbage cans after... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 25, 2021

Get an estimate, file a claim with their insurance company.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: I got a ticket for driving too fast for conditions and now have a curfew. I was 17 now I’m 18. So I still follow it?

I was 17 at the time of the accident and now I am 18. I just got the letter the other day for the curfew. Do I still have to follow it now that I am 18?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 24, 2021

if its an order it's an order. You want to change the order but don't disobey it until you do.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Can a 17 year old get sued / law suit on them ? Is that legal ? I am really scared, a minority and need advice
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 21, 2021

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. Your insurance company would be able to meaningfully advise you on this, as insurance practices are governed by state law. But as a general rule, minors are not necessarily protected from being sued in motor... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Why does my daughter have a ticket for an accident where she was the only person or vehicle involved in Illinois

My daughter was traveling through Illinois on her way back to Arkansas from seeing a friend. She Hydroplaned on the freeway after hitting standing water going 55 in a 65 she went off the road and totaled her car and she got a traffic ticket. No other vehicles or personnel were involved. It was... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 6, 2021

Because it’s arguable that she failed to maintain control over vehicle, failed to reduce speed to avoid an accident, drove too fast for conditions and other possible violations. The state has to prove those but the fact that it was a one vehicle accident does not constitute a defense

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Got stuck called tow truck, tow driver winches my car out and my car hits his truck and damaged my car, is he liable?
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Dec 30, 2020

Yes. Once he took control over your car, he had a duty to return it in the same condition that he received it.

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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