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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted driving kills thousands of people and injures hundreds of thousands more each year in the United States. Although distracted driving has been illegal in Illinois for decades, in 2014 the state updated its laws to provide specific penalties for distractions involving mobile phones and other electronic devices. Of course, these offenses result in fines, driver’s license suspensions, and in some cases jail time. When a traffic accident is caused by distracted driving, however, civil compensation kicks in. In other words, you can sue someone for causing an accident that injures you through distracted driving, and you can also file an insurance claim if the driver carries liability insurance.
If a person injures you through negligent conduct, you are generally entitled to full monetary compensation. Not all “negligent” conduct is illegal, however, and some illegal conduct (such as distracted driving) may or may not be considered negligent under the particular circumstances of the accident. It can get complicated, and that is where Malman Law can help.
Winning a personal injury claim is not like winning in small claims court. To the contrary, winning a personal injury claim at trial requires a strong command of the complex rules of procedure and evidence. Even negotiating a private settlement can be surprisingly tricky. Here are some of the ways we can help:
“This firm has gone above and beyond to keep me updated and get answers to my questions at any time, weekends included! Malman Law rules in my opinion!” – Cheryl Wagemann “Two years ago, I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet.” – Malman Law Client
Selfies While Driving: Taking “selfies” at the wheel with a handheld device is not only illegal in Illinois, it can result in a civil lawsuit if an accident is caused that way. Even if it was the other driver who caused the accident, your compensation could be reduced if taking a selfie contributed to the accident. Driving While on Bluetooth: Using a hands-free Bluetooth device while driving might seem like a safe activity. Indeed, there is no specific legal prohibition against it, as long as you are at least 19. If a driver injures you that way, however, it is still possible to win a personal injury lawsuit against him. Talking on the Phone While Driving: Chatting on the phone behind the wheel is deceptively dangerous, even if you are using a hands-free device — in fact, it is generally thought to be more dangerous than drunk driving. If an accident results, it can be used as the basis for a negligence claim against the driver. Arguing While Driving: Would you rather share the road with a drunk driver or with a driver engaged in a heated argument? Statistically, you’d be safer with the drunk driver. Arguing while driving can easily be characterized as negligence, regardless of whether the argument is taking place on the phone or in person. Personal Injury: “Personal injury” is a catch-all term that covers any injury you might have suffered that was caused by someone else’s wrongful conduct. At Malman Law we practice personal injury law and only personal injury law. Keep in mind that “wrongful” can not only mean “careless” (negligent), it can also refer to reckless or even intentional misconduct (a beating for example). Vehicle Accidents: Over 30,000 people are killed on U.S. roads every year, and over two million people are seriously injured. A great percentage of these deaths and injuries were attributable not to the victims themselves, but to the wrongful behavior of someone else. Because of this, vehicle accident claims are among the most common of all personal injury claims. Wrongful Death: Any personal injury claim can become a wrongful death claim if the victim dies from the injury. The Illinois legislature has enacted a wrongful death statute to deal with compensation claims, and damages are typically paid to close relatives and the victim’s probate estate.
Yes. Illinois law prevents defendants from arguing that your damages should be reduced because you weren’t wearing a seatbelt. This is true even though Illinois law requires all drivers and passengers to wear seat belts (or child restraints for children under 8).
The household exclusion is a term found in auto insurance policies that prevents you from collecting insurance proceeds from a claim against a family member (it might prevent you from collecting insurance proceeds from an accident caused by your spouse, for example).
If the driver refuses to tell you how much liability insurance coverage he has, or if you suspect he is lying, you can either obtain an Illinois Traffic Crash Report from the Division of Traffic Safety, or contact the Illinois Department of Transportation for a certificate.
Yes, it matters, but it won’t kill your claim unless the accident was at least 50 percent your fault. Even if the defendant was mostly at fault, however, your damages will be reduced in proportion to your fault. If you were 25 percent at fault, for example, you will lose 25 percent of your damages; while if your fault is 50 percent or more, you will receive no damages at all.
Not automatically. The defendant could still avoid liability by showing that his texting did not cause the accident (if the accident was caused by an unrelated brake failure, for example). Another way the defendant could avoid liability would be to show that the accident was at least 50 percent your fault.
Possibly. The fact that the defendant was driving on a commercial license might indicate that he was an on-duty employee at the time of the accident. In that case, you might be able to sue his employer and obtain compensation even if his own insurance is insufficient to cover your claim.
You might have a product liability claim against the manufacturer. Nevertheless, since the airbags’ failure to deploy couldn’t have caused the accident, you could only claim for the extent to which your injuries were increased by the failure of the airbags to deploy.
In fact, most of our clients’ claims are resolved through private settlements. Nevertheless, any quick settlement offer you receive will probably be woefully inadequate and offered in the hope that you will be willing to settle for less just to obtain compensation right away. Remember that you can settle a case even after a lawsuit has already been filed.
Three different types of damages are possible in Illinois – economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
You must prove each of the following four elements under a “more likely than not” standard:
Not in most cases, since most truck drivers are not considered “employees” of the trucking companies they work for. If the truck driver was not an employee, you would have to prove that the trucking company itself was negligent in order to hold them liable.
No, you can’t, regardless of whether you won in court or arranged a private settlement. If you anticipate long-term future medical expenses, you will need an attorney to help you calculate how much to ask for in your settlement. This is the best way to avoid running out of money down the road.
At Malman Law, we don’t expect you to pay us for nothing, and we would consider it an outrage if our legal bill amounted to more than the amount you won. Fortunately, our Zero Fee Guarantee ensures that this will never happen. Unless we win compensation, you will owe us nothing. Your bill will not come due until your compensation arrives, and it will be calculated as a fraction of the amount of compensation you receive.
They are very helpful, and when it comes to getting things done with your case I had the pleasure of working with Jason Kellerman he was awesome I highly recommend them.
- Britany Weaver
I’m very pleased to recommend Malman Law to my friends and relatives! I have to mention how efficient and professional in dealing with my case has been with everyone that I’ve been in contact with at Malman Law. Mrs. Sabo is outstanding as well as her secretary and assistant in responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. This firm has gone above and beyond to keep me updated and get answers to my questions at any time, weekends included! Malman Law rules in my opinion!
- Cheryl Wagemann
I’ve been knowing about this Law firm for many years through friends, referrals & advertisements, never I thought I would need their services because I believed things & situations don’t happen to me like this, long story short I was in a situation that I needed help & advice!!! In the right direction, I connected with the Firm & a very patient, understanding professional woman by the name of Margie assisted me in what I needed 🙂 Thank you I will refer as I was as referred as well This firm really does care!
- Elvira G.
I was rear-ended by a semi-truck on my way to work. I was transported to the hospital and my car was totaled. In the aftermath, Dan Petrich and Anna Schmidt from Malman Law helped me get set up with physical therapy and negotiated with the insurance companies to make sure the resulting settlement would cover my medical bills and a rental car until I could get a new car. I would highly recommend their services.
would do everything they could for me.
- Tony S.
I contacted Malman Lawafter my work injury. So professional from my first phone call. Mr. Malman’s investigator, Dan, came right out to our home. Everything was explained in detail so I know what to expect during this process. I certainly recommend anyone ever in need of a personal injury lawyer to call Malman Law. Truly the best!! Thanks, everyone!
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Alexis was the attorney on my case! She kept me in the loop about everything with my case. If I had any concerns I was able to contact her and she’ll answer my questions right away. If you’re interested in working with Malman Law I would highly recommend Alexis she was GREAT. I would highly recommend Malman Law if you’re ever in need!
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I have had an amazing experience with Malman law so far. From the start, Dan was super easy to work with, got me the medical attention I needed, and fast. Couldn’t ask for better communication. Neil Kilcoyne has been nothing but the best I could not recommend a better attorney. Malman Law is a 10 out of 10 law firm.
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Hi, I just want to acknowledge Jay McCarron, Kelly & the firm at Malman Law for representing me as they continue to work on my case. Thanks for keeping me updated & responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. I would highly recommend you and your firm to friends & family. E. P.
- Ernest Pitts
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- Greg Gustafson
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Helped me out of a big jam when my auto was hit twice when and the other drivers had no insurance. Adam Meadow is the only Lawyer I will call for helping me and my daughter.
- Devri Lott
I cannot give enough praise to the team at Malman Law, for helping with my case. My children were involved in an auto collision and the attorney Adam along with his paralegal Michelle worked diligently until the matter was resolved and my entire family was happy. I would definitely recommend Malman Law for anybody going through legal troubles.
- Adrian Lopez
A close friend recommended me to Malman Law. I currently have a case with them due to a car accident I had and ever since the accident they have been taking care of everything for me without me having to worry about anything. They took care of the medical bills & helped me get physical therapy right away. I highly recommend them.
- Vanessa Leon
Bella Feinstein, Jason Kellerman, and Terry Davey have been instrumental in helping me through many difficult situations. Not only did they work to get my mom a settlement, but they have also continued to help me through the legal process of relocating my mom to a different state. I’m very grateful for their hard work and good advice.
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- Jeff Walker
Mr. Kellerman of Malman Law shows compassion for his clients. Returns calls and emails promptly, he takes time to listen to his clients, and gather facts accordingly.
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- Adrianna Gomez
Dan Petrich was the best man for my case of falling through my porch of an apartment I rented. He made sure I got what I deserved not only $ wise but medical wise and that my hospital bills and Dr bills were left at a $0 balance before closing my case. I was definitely happy and glad I choose him. Thank you. 5 stars
- Jose Cruz
Steve Malman helped me with my auto case. He quickly responded and answered any and all the questions I had. My case was a success as well as 2 other family members I recommended to him won their cases as well. Definitely a 5 star!
- Meagan Cruz
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I am very impressed with Malman Law and my experience with Tiffany Alberty. She was very professional and knowledgeable. I appreciate the great communication and never felt out of the loop. She was very patient and hard working on my case. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks for the hard work and all your help!
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Malman Law is definitely professionals and skilled at what they do. Mr. Adam Meadow always kept me informed and never hesitated to answer my questions and was open to hearing my concerns. Wouldn’t think twice about referring them to family and friends. Thank you to all at Malman Law!
- Christina Ocon
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So glad I contacted Malman Law regarding my accident. Professional and caring. Thank you Mr. Malman. I most definitely recommend to anyone if you need the best to call Malman Law!!!
- Virgil Sanner
I really appreciated and enjoyed Yennin Calderon’s service. I called asking questions and she was so helpful. Not only did she answer all my questions and concerns. It was also a bonus that she was bilingual in Spanish! Loved the warmth she brought. Thank you!
- Jazlyn Caraballo
My experience with Malman Law was great. I worked with Attorney Tiffany Alberty and her assistant Margie. Both communicated what was going on with my case, explained the next steps, and got my case resolved early. I would highly recommend Malman Law.
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2 years ago I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet
NOAH TAFFELPersonal Injury Victim