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Chicago Car Accident Attorneys - Malman LawTraffic violations and motor vehicle accidents often go hand-in-hand. In fact, a driver’s violation of basic traffic rules often plays a pivotal role in why the accident occurred in the first place. Violations can range from speeding to driving while under the influence. Some common examples of minor traffic violations in Chicago include:

  • Running a stop sign or red light
  • Illegal turns
  • Using lanes improperly
  • Failure to yield

If a traffic violation leads to a car accident that also causes injury to an individual or destroys property, that violator can also face a potential felony charge. For example, when a driver chooses to run a stop sign and hits a vehicle, he or she can be prosecuted for serious criminal charges.

From the personal injury perspective, the individual who is hurt (the victim, also known as the plaintiff), may be able to sue the driver that committed the traffic infraction in civil court in order to receive compensation for their losses. When the other driver pleads guilty or is found guilty of a traffic violation, that guilty verdict can then be used as evidence to help establish negligence during a personal injury lawsuit.

Understanding Illinois Traffic Laws and Penalties

Illinois uses the driver’s license points system. Therefore, a conviction for a minor traffic offense could result in negative marks on a driver’s permanent record. If they have enough accumulated points, a driver could have their license revoked or at least suspended.

Cook County relies on its own rules and standard for traffic infractions. Some of the degrees of sentences that can be used include:

  • Petty Offenses – $1 to $1,000 fine
  • Class A Misdemeanor – Up to 364 days in jail; fine of $1 to $2500
  • Class B Misdemeanor – Up to six months in jail; fine of $1 to 1500
  • Class C Misdemeanor – Up to one month in jail; fine $1 to 1500

There are certain offenses that are typically prosecuted as a misdemeanor (DUI, driving on a suspended license, street racing and leaving the scene of an accident) while other offenses can be charged as a felony. For those guilty of an offense resulting in serious injury or homicide, the offender could face a Class 2 felony for 14 years in prison and maximum fine of $25,000.

Receiving Compensation as a Victim

The various types and consequences of traffic violations can play a pivotal role in your personal injury claim. If you have been involved in an accident with a reckless driver that committed a traffic infraction, you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, trauma, disfigurement and even the loss of normal life.

Meet with the experienced car accident attorneys at Malman Law for a free consultation by calling us at 888-307-2051 or fill out an online contact form.

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.

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