Reputable Personal Injury Lawyers Serving The Chicago Area’s Passenger Injury Victims
About 25,000 passengers are injured in Illinois vehicle accidents each year. If you were injured in a vehicle collision as a passenger, you may have a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver – either the driver of the other car or the driver of the car you were riding in. Normally, an auto insurance company will end up paying your claim, not the at-fault driver.
Don’t Let the Insurance Company Take Advantage of You
Insurance adjustors carry a large bag of tricks into any claim negotiation. This is to be expected, of course, since insurance companies make money by accepting premiums, not by paying claims. If you are negotiating without a lawyer to advise you, you could easily be taken in.
The insurance adjustor might, for example, try to deduct from your claim for not wearing a seatbelt, since failure to wear a seatbelt is against the law and since your injuries might have been less severe had you been wearing one. The adjustor will be hoping you don’t know that under Illinois law, your failure to wear a seatbelt can’t be used against you in an injury claim.
Personal Injury Law is the Only Kind of Law We Practice
Here at Malman Law, we have been practicing personal injury law – and only personal injury law – for the past two decades. During that time we have served over 20,000 clients, and we have won hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for them. 95 percent of our clients emerge victorious, and over 90 percent win out-of-court settlements.
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
We handle the following types of cases, among others:
- Vehicle accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Worker’s compensation
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall accidents
- Product liability
- Dog bites
- Wrongful death
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1) I was injured as a passenger in an Uber accident. Can I file a claim against Uber?
No, not unless you can show that Uber was itself negligent in some way. That is because Uber drivers are considered independent contractors, not employees. Nevertheless, Uber offers generous liability insurance to its drivers.
2) The driver of the other car was drunk and caused the crash. Can I sue the bar that sold him alcohol?
Yes. Under the Illinois Liquor Control Act, you can win a lawsuit against a bar or nightclub even if the establishment had no way of knowing that the driver was already intoxicated at the time he was served. You must prove that:
- The establishment served alcohol to the driver prior to the accident
- The establishment’s act of serving the driver was a substantial cause of the accident, and
- The accident caused your injuries
3) Can I sue the government if I was a passenger in a city bus accident?
Probably. You have two options:
- File a notice with both the Attorney General and the Clerk of the Court of Claims within one year of the date of the accident, and file a lawsuit with the Illinois Court of Claims within two years.
- File lawsuit directly with the Illinois Court of Claims within one year of the date of the accident.
4) What is the “household exclusion” and how might it affect my claim?
The household exclusion is a term that is typical in auto insurance policies. It denies coverage if you claim against a member of your own household. The purpose of the household exclusion is to discourage staged accidents and fraudulent claims.
You Owe Us Nothing Unless You Win
At Malman Law, we don’t believe you should pay for nothing – and the way we’ve set it up, you won’t have to. We charge no upfront fees, and if we don’t win compensation for you, you will owe us nothing for the entire case. We can afford to do this because we win 95 percent of our cases.
The Clock is Ticking on Your Passenger Injury Claim
When you are pursuing a personal injury claim, what you can prove matters more than what actually happened. Over time, evidence tends to degrade – witnesses die or move away, or their memories fade. Meanwhile, physical evidence deteriorates and documents get misplaced. The time to act is now.
Call us today at 1-888-836-5975 or contact us online for a free initial case consultation. If you need us to, we can even meet you at the hospital.