Nothing sparks justified outrage more than a motorcycle DUI accident. As a motorcyclist, it is difficult enough for you to dodge careless motorists who change lanes without signaling, for example, or turn left into your path without even seeing you. It is beyond unfair when an intoxicated driver puts you in the hospital that way.
Illinois enforces some of the strictest DUI laws in the nation. Indeed, even a first-offense DUI can be prosecuted as a felony if it results in a serious injury. A successful prosecution, however, doesn’t result in any compensation for the victim – for that you must file a civil claim. Sometimes, a court can award both compensatory and punitive damages to a DUI accident victim even without a DUI arrest. However, a problem arises if the driver’s insurance coverage is insufficient to cover the damages award and the driver himself cannot afford to pay a large claim. When this happens, it might be possible to hold a second defendant partially liable.
At Malman Law, we’re used to victory, because we’ve been doing it constantly since 1994:
“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
Malman Law handles the following types of motorcycle accident claims, among others:
Perhaps. The Illinois dram shop law allows injured victims to sue a bar who served alcohol to a customer if the customer’s resulting intoxication injured the victim. As of January 20, 2018, liability against the bar was limited to $84,061.21. You can also claim against the driver.
An Illinois court may award punitive damages against the driver in a DUI accident if:
Keep in mind that even if your punitive damages claim fails, you might still win compensatory damages.
Yes. You could still lose your claim if the defendant can establish that:
The insurance company (including your own insurance carrier) is adverse to you because the more they pay you, the lower their profits are. With us it’s the opposite. Since our fees are set as a percentage of the amount you win, we only earn money if you win. And if you don’t win any compensation, our fees will be zero.
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