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Intersection Accidents

Malman Law. Premier Personal Injury Attorneys

Injury Attorney Steven J. Malman

Chicago’s Qualified Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Intersection Accident Victims

car accident in intersectionClose to half of all traffic accidents occur at intersections, and the accident is usually the fault of one of the motorists. If you have been injured in an intersection accident and you are laid up in the hospital or trying to recover at home, you are not in a good position to be negotiating with an auto insurance company, Insurance companies know this, and they take advantage of it.

They won’t take advantage of any of our clients, however, because we won’t let them.  At Malman Law, it really makes us angry when insurance companies try to take advantage of our client’s vulnerability simply to pad their own bottom line. We know all of their tricks, and we won’t fall for a single one of them.

Common Insurance Company Tricks

It is impossible to list all of the sharp negotiating tactics available to a skilled insurance adjustor. Some of the most common, however, are:

  • Bait and switch (agreeing to “accept liability” and then denying most of your claim later)
  • Sending a representative to the hospital while you are still in pain to collect your signature on a quick but inadequate settlement agreement
  • Lulling you into missing the statute of limitation deadlines through numerous small delays

The Numbers Speak for Themselves

In 25 years of practicing personal injury law, we have won compensation for over 20,000 clients. Insurance companies know our name, and their attitude towards settlement negotiations tends to change rather quickly when they discover that we are the ones representing the injured party. We really can’t blame them for that, since we win 95 percent of our cases.

A Word From One of Our Clients

“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

Our Practice Areas

Below is an incomplete list of the kinds of cases we handle:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1) What are the rules for approaching intersections?

The rules for approaching an intersection are simple:

  • Yield to whoever will reach the intersection first.
  • If you are approaching the intersection at the same time as another vehicle, yield to the other vehicle if it is to your right.
  • Of course, you don’t have to yield if the other vehicle is required to stop at the intersection (if you have a green light, for example).

2) What are the main causes of intersection accidents?

The four most common causes of intersection accidents are:

  • Running a stop light or stop sign
  • Making an illegal U-turn. In Illinois, U-turns at intersections are illegal unless posted otherwise.
  • Turning into oncoming traffic
  • Navigating a rural intersection that has no stoplight or stop sign

3) Should I speak with the insurance company?

No, because they will be trying to elicit a statement from you that they can use against you later. Instead, send a letter notifying the at-fault driver’s insurance company of the accident. Include:

  • Your name
  • The place and date of the accident
  • A brief description of your injury, and
  • The date of the letter

Keep a copy of the letter for your records. It is best to have your lawyer check over the letter before you send it.

4) Can I win punitive damages if the at-fault driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident?

Illinois allows punitive damages only if you also win compensatory damages. To win punitive damages, you must prove that the defendant’s conduct was outrageous in some way. While a DUI case is a good candidate for punitive damages, there is no guarantee.

Malman Law’s Zero Fee Guarantee

At Malman Law, we don’t get paid unless you do. If we don’t win compensation for your injuries, your legal bill will total precisely $0.00. We charge no upfront fees, and your bill won’t come due until your settlement or verdict actually arrives.

Fortune Favors the Bold With Your Intersection Accident Claim

The cold reality of personal injury litigation is that the sooner you begin pursuing your claim in earnest, the better your chances will be. From the moment we take your case, will commit to making sure you receive every dime you deserve within a reasonable time. Call us today at 1-888-836-5975 or contact us online for a free initial case consultation.

Firm Awards & Recognitions

Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

  • Top Attorneys Diamond Member

  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

Client Review

  • "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
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    20,000+ Cases over 25 Years
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    Over $200,000,000 Collected
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