DGAA bLAWg

Recovering in a Hit and Run Accident

Web Admin - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

illinois hit and run lawyerAfter a car accident, people have a variety of duties that the law requires them to fulfill. Among these duties is the requirement that the drivers stop and exchange insurance information. This allows the parties the opportunity to recover from the insurance companies for the damages once fault has been decided. However, some drivers ignore this duty and instead flee the scene of an accident. In fact, these hit and run drivers are responsible for over 1,000 deaths every year, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This trend of hit and run accidents is a particular problem because victims of these sorts of accidents can find it difficult to receive compensation from the driver who caused their injuries. Yet, such victims are not without recourse. People injured in hit and run accidents may be able to use a variety of resources to discover the identity of the other driver. Further, even if the other driver cannot be identified, the injured person may be able to file a claim with their own insurance company to help handle their medical costs and repairs.

Identifying the Driver

Hit and run accidents can be a chaotic experience, which makes it difficult for the victim to get any identifying information about the fleeing car. However, injured drivers do have some tools at their disposal. Oftentimes, there will be eyewitnesses on the scene who can help provide descriptions of the car or license plate numbers. Additionally, there may be video evidence of the accident from nearby traffic cameras that can help police determine the identity of the fleeing driver. Finally, some hit and run drivers experience remorse for leaving the scene. Drivers who flee the scene out of fear, especially those under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, have been known to turn themselves in to the police at a later date. All of these methods can help tie a person to the accident, and allow victims to receive full and fair compensation for their injuries.

Without an Identified Driver

In the event that the driver who perpetrated the hit and run cannot be identified, injured motorists may still have the ability to file a claim using their own insurance to receive help with their medical and repair bills. Many insurance policies include insurance for collisions with uninsured or underinsured motorists. These policies are mostly intended to come into use when the policyholder gets into an accident with someone without insurance or someone whose insurance will not cover all the damages. However, many of these policies count unidentified drivers as uninsured drivers, so it is possible that they would cover hit and run accidents.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident, contact a Palatine personal injury lawyer. Our team of experienced attorneys serves clients in towns like Deer Park, Inverness, and Des Plaines.

About the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

What Do I Do if I'm Injured in a Texting-and-Driving Accident?

Web Admin - Saturday, October 05, 2013

What Do I Do if I'm Injured in a Texting-and-Driving Accident?

A car accident of any type can be traumatic regardless of who is at fault. In Illinois, there are some important steps to take to make sure you follow the legal and responsible measures after an auto accident, especially a texting-while-driving collision. If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, state laws protect your safety. A knowledgeable Illinois personal injury attorney can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

After the Car Accident

First, make sure that you do not need immediate medical care. If you do, call 9-1-1 and wait for an ambulance. If you only have slight pains, it is still crucial to see a doctor. If you do not seek medical attention after an accident, you may not be able to receive coverage for future health care costs.

Second, if you are safely able to, gather as much information as you can on the scene. Make contact with the other driver and write down everything, such as their insurance provider, policy number, license plate number, and driver’s license number. Also, take pictures of both vehicles and your injuries on your cell phone.

Next, contact your insurance agency and report the accident. Some providers require you report an accident within a certain period of time, so make sure to contact them as soon as possible. If law enforcement responded to the accident, you can request and send a copy of the police report.

Finally, seek out a committed personal injury lawyer with experience in Illinois traffic accidents. A knowledgeable attorney will successfully represent you by seeking positive results for your car accident case.

Texting-While-Driving Laws in Illinois

Under certain circumstances, if a driver hits you while texting and driving, it is against Illinois law. According to Distraction.gov, the U.S. Government website for distracted driving, the cell phone driving laws for Illinois are:

  1. Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for bus drivers (primary law)
  2. Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for novice drivers under the age of 19 (primary law)
  3. Ban on texting for all drivers (primary law)
  4. Ban on handheld cell phone use while driving in school or highway construction zone

Generally, handheld and hands-free devices are permitted in Illinois, except while texting. In Chicago, however, all handheld devices are banned while driving. Since the Illinois cell phone driving laws are considered “primary” ones, a police officer can pull you over for the offense without witnessing another violation (as opposed to secondary laws which only allow an officer to pull you over after witnessing another violation).

If you have been injured in a texting-while-driving car accident, contact an experienced Illinois personal injury law firm. The attorneys of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC, are committed to serving clients throughout Cook, DuPage, McHenry, Lake and Will Counties. Contact DGAA online or call the Chicago and Palatine offices at 847-934-6000.


Recent Posts


Tags

Rolling Meadows real estate attorney estate planning Whistleblower Claims pedestrian accident slip and fall PTSD health insurance dispute sexual harassment holiday statistics Illinois construction accident attorney insurance claim dispute attorney underage DUI POA small business blood alcohol content workers comp license insurance adjusters unpaid assessment Arlington Heights personal injury attorney mortgage Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer Schaumburg estate attorney LLCs hit and run accident commercial real estate workers compensation benefits Illinois workplace discrimination attorney federal regulations for LLCs Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers insurance agent negligence natural gas explosion mass shooting insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys dealing with problem employees Class A misdemeanor employment lawyer Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer traffic crimes Illinois traffic laws pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality Arlington Heights trucking lawyer creditors life insurance Illinois medical malpractice lawyers cell phone accidents automated cars anesthesia errors Mount Prospect elder law attorney Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer income distribution deducation rollover accidents Schaumburg personal injury lawyer Illinois registered agent college kids Palatine elder law attorney internet boating accidents Colin Gilbert distracted driving accidents personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys Crystal Lake traffic attorney filing a medical malpractice claim homestead rights car collision Schaumburg employment attorney real estate attorneys Buffalo Grove employment lawyer wills and trusts Colin H. Gilbert Inverness DUI lawyer car accident lawyers unpaid overtime Long Grove real estate attorney Barrington litigation attorney Palatine employment lawyer criminal Schaumburg personal injury lawyers Des Plaines personal injury attorney senior citizens Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument Crystal Lake accident attorney murder charges premises liability Schaumburg employment law attorneys bicycle accidents estate planning attorney sole proprietorship pain and suffering modern family estate planning Super Mario School Visitation Rights Act underinsured motorist back injuries Arlington Heights injury attorney Illinois pedestrian accident attorney Rolling Meadows fatal car accidents privacy Illinois business lawyer underfunded trust Barrington boating accident attorney Illinois wills and trusts attorneys Schaumburg corporate attorney Palatine civil attorney Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney Illinois jet ski accident lawyer civil litigation attorney Illinois wrongful termination lawyer traffic tickets Des Plaines DUI attorney probate claims first degree murder disability benefits Arlington Heights lawyer comp time Chicago car accident lawyer agent insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys Illinois employment law attorneys Illinois car accident attorney Illinois personal injury Crystal Lake personal injury attorney independent contractor Schaumburg drug defense lawyer real estate attorney life insurance policy employment attorney probate fees Arlington Heights estate planning attorney Illinois insurance claim attorney slip and fall accidents Employment Discrimination Law jet ski accidents Rolling Meadows traffic law firm motorcycle accident manufacturing defective products lawyer employment law drunk driving whistleblower protections Inverness injury lawyer BAC problem employees insurance dispute attorney Arlington Heights Attorney healthcare claims employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, Illinois mortgages privacy laws Crystal Lake employment law attorney Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer power of attorney for healthcare Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents Landlord Tenant Ordinance medication errors DUI penalities living trust vs will Rolling Meadows traffic attorney Chicago will attorney clemency Schaumburg civil litigation attorney severance agreements Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney defective products Barrington estate planning attorney controlled substance Rolling Meadows employment law attorney real estate lawyer Deer Park real estate law firm Illinois rollover accident lawyers Illinois Human Rights Act child safety car crash Rolling Meadows tax attorney Illinois employment laws suspended license Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer insurance claim dispute Schaumburg insurance lawyers Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Crystal Lake employment lawyer sexual images South Barrington real estate lawyer construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation Arlington Heights employment attorney murder Illinois employment attorneys condo Illinois wills and trusts Crystal Lake employment attorney Illinois lawyer IRS Do Not Resuscitate low-ball insurance settlement texting while driving Chicago lawyer Schaumburg real estate lawyer employee rights liability Retaliatory Discharge Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney TBI Inverness real estate lawyer condo association job lawyers Palatine traffic lawyer estate planning lawyer Illinois insurance dispute lawyers Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer ObamaCare pet law Schaumburg wrongful death attorney Exclusions loss of consortium Barrington medical malpractice lawyers insurance denials Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer GM ignition switches Des Plaines drug lawyer meal breaks FSLA Palatine law firm traffic laws Crystal Lake will lawyer pet bites Inverness civil lawyer Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer owner responsibility traffic accidents Rolling Meadows accident lawyer Buffalo Grove injury lawyer trustee Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys Illinois law gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys auto accidents hiring employees Illinois boating accident lawyer Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys DGAA Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer Chicago attorney medical malpractice compensation swimming pools Inverness traffic law firm unfunded trust Inverness elder law lawyer commercial leasing DNR real estate closing guardianship attorney overtime violations Illinois LLC creation Palatine traffic accidents Jay Andrew probate claims process Palatine drug lawyer Illinois workplace lawyer insurance attorney Self-Directed IRA Accounts Des Plaines insurance attorney Crystal Lake car accident lawyer Chicago corporate attorney Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer accidental death benefits boating under the influence trust payments Barrington employment attorney breathalyzer test surgical mistakes medical malpractice claims Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer construction accidents spinal cord injury caretaker rights Barrington Traffic Lawyer Home Sale Contingencies Illinois employment lawyer Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer Des Plaines collections attorney real estate murder defense preventing accidents revenge porn Illinois medical malpractice attorney Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney Palatine criminal defense lawyer food poisoning expungement wrongful termination IRELA startup company Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Barrington criminal defense lawyer Illinois personal injury attorney medical marijuana Home Remodeling Repair Act probate process Chicago insurance claim attorneys uninsured motorist Rolling Meadows Attorney license suspension cell phone car accident insurance claims traumatic brain injuries Barrington employment law firm Long Grove estate planning attorneys special needs trust vacation home workers compensation Palatine personal injury lawyer corporate law Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers investment property Fair Labor Standards Act drugs Long Grove estate planning Palatine Attorney consent to a search dog bites Illinois real estate lawyer Illinois estate planning attorney IRA benefits Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer Des Plaines criminal attorney DUI attorney digital assets DUI defense Illinois workers compensation attorney FMLA Legal Info denial of life insurance Palatine injury attorney Joliet general practice lawyers criminal law license revocation Des Plaines claims law firm Chicago employment lawyer Illinois home inspection DUI Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, landlord product liability Illinois employee rights attorney. truck collisions changes to mortgage law Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, Illinois employment law attorney estate plan Deer Park employment law attorney Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act life insurance claims probate lawyer insurance claim delay Palatine insurance lawyer Chicago insurance law firm workplace sexual harassment Liquor Control Act Schaumburg criminal law attorney deadly crashes commercial leases drunk driving statistics Kenilworth estate planning attorneys Schaumburg elder law lawyer criminal defense Buffalo Grove probate lawyer Des Plaines Illinois speeding lawyer Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Barrington real estate lawyer Illinois estate planning Schaumburg personal injury attorney Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act probate employee misclassification wage theft head on collisions marijuana appealing an insurance claim Arlington Heights employment law attorneys Crystal Lake car accident attorney Arlington Heights criminal lawyer Mt Prospect Attorney Illinois bicycle safety rumble strips minimum wage Rolling Meadows criminal attorney unauthorized overtime Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer Des Plaines real estate attorney traffic violations defense Inverness real estate attorney Illinois traffic accident lawyer trucking accident lawyers Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer Chicago traffic lawyer Illinois DUI attorney Illinois tax attorney license reinstatement Palatine estate planning lawyer Illinois insurance attorney Barrington workers compensation attorney estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, Arlington Heights accident attorney Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers Arlington Heights insurance attorney Des Plaines pet law attorney Rolling Meadows probate lawyer Barrington civil litigation attorney Illinois collections attorney Arlington Heights car accident lawyer taxes Family Medical Leave Act Des Plaines injury law firm Inverness probate lawyer Illinois employment law tax attorney estate tax new real estate form Illinois traffic attorney Long Grove real estate lawyer bad faith insurance claims car accidents Illinois medical malpractice case insurance dispute Buffalo Grove law firm Arlington Heights real estate lawyer reckless homicide Crystal Lake business law attorneys personal injury personal injury lawyer liability claims estate attorney Fourth of July cell phone tower data Thanksgiving deed transfer rest breaks Illinois real estate employees Chicago employment attorney Illinois traffic attorneys spinal cord injuries Illinois trucking safety Palatine employment law lawyer Illinois small business brain injury Deer Park personal injury lawyer Illinois corporate lawyer BAIID Palatine trusts lawyer Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer products liability Illinois civil litigation lawyer crossover accidents Palatine workers compensation lawyer drug possession Palatine corporate law attorneys Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney Crystal Lake tax lawyer Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer Illinois personal injury lawyer Crystal Lake pet attorney Illinois estate planning law firm breach of contract distracted driving accident victims marijuana crimes attorney Illinois traffic ticket lawyer financial advisors Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers jet ski Arlington Heights tax lawyer personal injury attorney Illinois insurance lawyer Arlington Heights car crash attorneys rollover car crashes Illinois pet lawyer Deer Park workers compensation lawyer Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer residential real estate Illinois defective products attorney personal injury claims foreclosure speeding natural gas boating DUI insurance claim pizza emoji traffic deaths drug crimes lawyer Forcible Entry driving Chicago trucking accident attorney Illinois medical malpractice claim wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace Illinois criminal defense attorney Schaumburg Attorney operating agreements gift taxes Riverwoods estate planning lawyer Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission real estate zoning wills texting and driving Long Grove estate planning attorney social media after death pregnant women Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers fault based insurance rent to own real estate contracts installment contracts Barrington personal injury lawyer real estate leasing forming a corporation in Illinois field sobriety test denied insurance claims Illinois attorney estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers employment law, Illinois employment laws Palatine corporate attorney traffic violations healthcare Buffalo Grove real estate attorney Palatine business attorney estate planning trusts Illinois workers compensation lawyer fiduciary rule Illinois personal injury lawyers employee discrimination compensatory time insurance claim denials Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer living wills Inverness estate planning lawyer Barrington drug crime attorney Crystal Lake traffic lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute life insurance lawyer Schaumburg car accident attorney Illinois wrongful death work unions living trust Illinois employment law firm Inverness insurance attorney Illinois living will drug crime Kenilworth estate planning attorney Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer personal injury accidents Rolling Meadows employment attorney Buffalo Grove corporate attorney IRA trust transfer Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Chicago biking tips Kenilworth estate planning lawyer Crystal Lake insurance lawyer criminal record real estate contract Mount Prospect real estate lawyer caregiver Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer Inverness corporate attorney paid sick leave elder abuse Schaumburg insurance negligence Illinois red light cameras Palatine construction attorney ken apicella in terrorem provision blended families loopholes personal injury claim Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney Schaumburg estate planning attorney home inspection lawyer fiduciary rule delay Deer Park accident attorney foreclosed rental property Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney attorney fees trench injuries Illinois probate lawyer golf accidents Schaumburg construction accident lawyer Des Plaines accident attorney Deer Park traffic accident attorney Palatine real estate lawyer Palatine punch death Illinois Probate Act of 1975 institutional trustee employment contract Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer Illinois elder law attorney advance healthcare directive nursing home negligence right to work medical malpractice digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers Deer Park criminal attorney traumatic brain injury liens Illinois driving without license Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers Detainer Actions Barrington estate planning lawyer Deer Park medical malpractice attorney involuntary manslaughter Illinois Sales Representative Act Illinois job attorney traffic offenses Rolling Meadows business lawyer Barrington personal injury attorney Barrington injury attorney insurance denial appeals Des Plaines real estate lawyer digital evidence trusts Illinois Smoke Detector Act Barrington employment law attorney Des Plaines civil attorney capital gains tax pedestrian accidents pedestrian-automobile accident no contest clauses Arlington Heights traffic attorney landlord tenant law insurance disputes dynasty trusts Rolling Meadows insurance attorney Des Plaines personal injury lawyer Schaumburg traffic lawyer Schaumburg criminal attorney preventable medical errors Chicago estate planning overtime pay Illinois injury lawyer icy parking lots civil rights violation federal crimes Arlington Heights TBI attorney personal injury law firm eluding a police officer Illinois business law atorneys South Barrington real estate attorney bicycle dooring accidents BUI elder law car accident lawyer Deer Park DUI lawyer Palatine employment attorney car crashes trucking accidents Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers Illinois insurance claims lawyers Illinois will lawyer Barrington attorney Affordable Care Act drug crimes Inverness accident lawyer Schaumburg probate attorney Des Plaines tax law firm Deer Park traffic lawyer Illinois insurance disputes Illinois trusts attorney digital information civil litigation Buffalo Grove traffic attorney Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer motorcycle accident lawyer power of attorney Des Plaines personal injury lawyers Chicago estate planning lawyer bike accident insurance claim denial Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer DMV Transfer on Death Instrument Attorney Ken Apicella insurance agents Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm Palatine civil litigation lawyer CAM Crystal Lake law firm Inverness personal injury attorney Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers Policy Cancellation business litigation denied insurance claim Schaumburg injury lawyer living trust benefits Palatine probate lawyer Crystal Lake injury attorney Barrington business law firm Schaumburg estate planning lawyer medical research llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer dram shop law estate planning for college students ACA Barrington criminal lawyer Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney car crash injuries hands free device irrevocable trust trauma after an accident vacation home fines

Archive