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Rear-End Accidents

Malman Law. Premier Personal Injury Attorneys

Injury Attorney Steven J. Malman

Skilled Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Rear-End Accident Victims in Greater Chicago

rear end accidentRear-end accidents are the most common type of vehicle accident in Illinois,and they are almost always the fault of one of the drivers. Generally, a driver is expected to keep his car under control, and he will be found at least partially at fault if he rear-ends someone.A driver will not even be excused due to icy road conditions, according to the Illinois Department of Insurance.

Nevertheless, if you were the one rear-ended you are not assured of victory – either in court or at the settlement table – because Illinois applies a comparative fault system to auto accidents. If a court rules that the car that struck you was 40 percent at fault while you were 60 percent at fault (for stopping suddenly, for example), you will receive no compensation.

Your Choice of Lawyer Makes a Difference

Any qualified lawyer fresh out of law school is legally entitled to handle just about any kind of case (patent law cases are a rare exception). Likewise, a contract lawyer with 25 years of experience is legally entitled to handle his very first personal injury case. If you settle for this kind of lawyer, however, you are unlikely to receive the best quality representation.

It’s different here at Malman Law. We don’t run a buffet-style practice with lawyers who handle everything from writing wills to defending drug dealers. Personal injury law is all we do, and it’s all we’ve been doing for the last 25 years. Over that time we have represented over 20,000 injured victims, who have walked away with literally hundreds of millions in compensation.

Client Testimonial

“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 a very incomplete list of the types of cases we typically handle:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1) What are the most common causes of rear-end accidents?

The most common causes of rear-end accidents are:

  • Speeding
  • Texting while driving
  • Inclement weather (icy roads, for example)

Other common causes include driver intoxication and equipment malfunction such as brake failure.The rear-ended driver also sometimes contributes to the accident by, for example, turning suddenly into traffic.

2) What are the most common injuries resulting from rear-end accidents?

When a rear-end accident occurs, some injuries are more common than others. The most common injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Lacerations caused by broken windows
  • Contusions (bruises)
  • Bone fractures

It is important to seek medical attention immediately after an accident, even if you don’t believe you were injured.

3) What is “tailgating”?

Tailgating is following too closely behind another vehicle. Commercial trucks are famous for using this as an intimidation tactic. Tailgating is a violation of Illinois law, although the question of “How close is too close?” is frequently a point of contention. Violation of a traffic law is not considered automatic negligence, but it does put the defendant at a considerable disadvantage.

4) I was rear-ended by a commercial truck. Can I file a claim against the trucking company for the driver’s negligence?

It depends on whether the driver was an employee of the trucking company or an independent contractor. A court will make this decision based on the extent to which the driver enjoyed independence from the company. Commercial truckers are usually considered independent contractors.

At Malman Law, You’re Never Too Poor to Afford Us

The way we have set up our fee structure, it is essentially the other side who pays your legal bills. In other words, you don’t pay us anything unless you win. And if you do win (as 95 percent of our clients do), our legal fees come out of your verdict or settlement. You will never owe us a dime until your money actually arrives.

Time is of the Essence – Contact Us Today About Your Rear-End Accident Claim

Evidence can deteriorate quickly, and a case can fall apart without it – well before the statute of limitations deadline expires. Call us today at 1-888-836-5975 or contact us online for a free initial case consultation. We can even meet you at the hospital if you need us to.

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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Why People Choose Malman Law

You’ll want our experience on your side.
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  • Credibility & Experience

    20,000+ Cases over 25 Years
  • Track Record of Success

    Over $200,000,000 Collected
  • Team of Litigation Lawyers

    Real Courtroom Experience
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