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Experienced Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Advocating for Your Rights

Client-centered representation for car crash victims in the greater Chicagoland area and across Illinois

No one drives with the expectation of being involved in a car accident. Yet thousands of people are injured each year on the roadways of Illinois. When a car accident leaves you or a family member with injuries, Gainsberg Law is here to assist with securing the compensation you deserve. We provide responsive representation for injury victims throughout Illinois, including Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, and Will Counties. When an accident threatens your health, your finances, and your ability to work, trust your case to a Chicago car accident lawyer.

Handling a variety of car accident cases

There are many different types of vehicles, accidents, and reasons for accidents. No matter the specifics, our attorneys are prepared to help you. We handle cases involving:

After an accident, you will be feeling overwhelmed about what to do next. It is important to obtain representation from a lawyer with the skills and dedication to fight for you, no matter what type of collision or accident you may have had.

Proving negligence in your car accident case

To successfully pursue compensation for an car accident injury, it is necessary to prove that the other driver acted in a negligent manner. This requires a showing that the vehicle operator failed to perform with a reasonable standard of care. Some examples of negligent driving behaviors include:

  • Speeding or reckless driving. Drivers have a duty to follow posted speed limit laws and drive at speeds that are reasonable for the road conditions.
  • Failing to comply with traffic signals. Traffic lights and signals are posted to control the flow of traffic and promote safety on the roadway. When drivers fail to abide by these signals, serious accidents can result.
  • Driving under the influence. When drivers operate their vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they place themselves and everyone around them in danger.

An efficient Chicago car accident attorney can help you establish an argument for negligence and, if necessary, present a case for compensation within the Illinois courts.

Questions about Chicago traffic accident reports

How long do you have to report car accident?

If you were involved in a car accident, you must report the accident to the Chicago police department if it resulted in death, an injury or more than $1,500 in property damage. You have ten days to report the traffic crash to the Illinois Department of Transportation. The failure to report a reportable traffic crash in Illinois can be punishable by the suspension of your driver’s license. Putting false information on a traffic crash report is a Class C misdemeanor and punishable by a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

How can you get an accident report online?

Traffic crash reports are available on the Chicago police department website. The Chicago police website has a Driver Information Exchange application where you can look up information about a crash that you were involved in for the purposes of reporting to your insurance company.

How long does it take to generate to police vehicle accident report in Chicago?

For a property damage only accident, the report might take seven to ten days. If there is a serious injury or fatality it may take weeks or longer.

Accidents involving uninsured or underinsured drivers

Illinois laws require drivers to maintain an adequate amount of auto insurance for their own protection, as well as the protection of others on the roadway. However, many drivers fail to comply with this law or carry an inadequate amount of coverage.

What to do when hit by uninsured motorist?

Here are three practical things you can do if you were hit by a motorist who is uninsured and who caused the crash:

  1. You may have to pay the deductible on your Uninsured Motorist Property Damage coverage (if you have this optional coverage in your policy). Your insurance company will pursue the uninsured motorist to recover the damages from the crash and reimburse you for your deductible.
  2. Submit an accident report to the Illinois Department of Transportation accident report office: 3215 Executive Park Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62766; Phone 217-782-4516. Inform the IDOT that the at-fault driver was uninsured and ask that the case be forwarded to the Secretary of State for suspension under the Safety and Financial Responsibility Law, which requires drivers in Illinois to have insurance coverage. The state can suspend that driver’s license until you come to an agreement with the driver about paying for your property damage and injuries from the crash and until they can show that they have met the applicable state requirements.
  3. You can hire a Chicago car accident attorney and file a judgement against the uninsured motorist in court. If, after 30 days, they have not paid the judgement, you can submit a report to the state for suspension of their license.

What to do if you cause a car accident but you had no insurance?

The failure to carry car insurance in Illinois carries up to a $1,000 fine. Your license can be suspended for up to three months and you must pay a $100 fine and provide proof of insurance in order to get your license reinstated. If you cause a crash and do not have car insurance, you can expect that the insurance company for the injured driver will sue you to recover the costs of damages for injuries and property damage.

These cases can be particularly complex and require the assistance of a knowledgeable Chicago car accident lawyer. We are equipped and ready to handle even the most challenging types of auto accidents, including those involving at-fault drivers who lack adequate insurance coverage.

Results

$250,000.00 Settlement in Car Crash Case

A man was struck by a teenage driver while crossing a street in Chicago. He sustained a comminuted and depressed lateral tibial plateau fracture with associated hem arthrosis. He underwent open reduction and internal fixation with an anterior compartment fasciotomy. Case settled for $250,000.00.

Affordable representation from a Chicago-area car accident law firm

Trust the efficient and reliable law practice of Gainsberg Law to provide you with experienced representation in a variety of car accident cases. Whether you or a family member has been injured by the negligent actions of a driver, trust our office to aggressively advocate for the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 312-313-1621 or fill out our contact form to secure our client-centered services. We believe in putting the needs of our clients first and offering high-quality personal injury representation.

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L.S., Chicago, IL

"Neal Gainsberg was an excellent attorney. He explained everything to me and made the process very easy. He was available to answer any questions and provided the help and representation that I needed. I would use Neal again if I had another legal issue. I urge anyone who is looking for a lawyer to call Neal."

L.S., Chicago, IL

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L.S., Chicago, IL

"Neal Gainsberg was an excellent attorney. He explained everything to me and made the process very easy. He was available to answer any questions and provided the help and representation that I needed. I would use Neal again if I had another legal issue. I urge anyone who is looking for a lawyer to call Neal."

J.T., Chicago, IL

"Neal Gainsberg was a great lawyer. He represented me at a small claims trial and obtained a great result. Neal was there for me and answered all my questions even though my case was not that large."

J.T., Chicago, IL

2016-11-21T19:21:23+00:00

J.T., Chicago, IL

"Neal Gainsberg was a great lawyer. He represented me at a small claims trial and obtained a great result. Neal was there for me and answered all my questions even though my case was not that large."

M.S., Chicago, IL

"Neal Gainsberg represented me in a personal injury case after a vehicle struck a motorcycle that I was riding on. Neal made sure I understood my rights as an injured party, and that I was receiving the proper medical attention. He did a great job in negotiating a settlement with the insurance company and making sure all my medical bills were paid and that I was compensated for my injuries and loss time at work. I recommend Neal as a lawyer to anyone who unfortunately is injured in an accident."

M.S., Chicago, IL

2016-11-21T16:41:13+00:00

M.S., Chicago, IL

"Neal Gainsberg represented me in a personal injury case after a vehicle struck a motorcycle that I was riding on. Neal made sure I understood my rights as an injured party, and that I was receiving the proper medical attention. He did a great job in negotiating a settlement with the insurance company and making sure all my medical bills were paid and that I was compensated for my injuries and loss time at work. I recommend Neal as a lawyer to anyone who unfortunately is injured in an accident."

K.R., Chicago, IL

"After my former lawyer refused to continue with my auto accident case, Neal Gainsberg took over the case, and he was able to obtain a settlement for the other driver’s policy limits. He was actively involved in my case, returned all my calls, and explained any issue that I had during the case. After I spoke with Neal, he was able to resolve any problems or issues. Neal provided exceptional representation against the insurance company for the other driver. Since Neal settled my case, I have recommended him to my family members and friends. If you have a legal issue, you should call Neal and hire him to be your attorney."

K.R., Chicago, IL

2016-11-21T19:21:53+00:00

K.R., Chicago, IL

"After my former lawyer refused to continue with my auto accident case, Neal Gainsberg took over the case, and he was able to obtain a settlement for the other driver’s policy limits. He was actively involved in my case, returned all my calls, and explained any issue that I had during the case. After I spoke with Neal, he was able to resolve any problems or issues. Neal provided exceptional representation against the insurance company for the other driver. Since Neal settled my case, I have recommended him to my family members and friends. If you have a legal issue, you should call Neal and hire him to be your attorney."

L.G., Chicago, IL

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L.G., Chicago, IL

2016-11-21T19:19:37+00:00

L.G., Chicago, IL

"Neal Gainsberg helped me obtain long-term disability benefits. The insurance company denied my claim and cutoff my benefits even though I was set for surgery and there was no way I could work. Neal collected my medical records and letters from my doctors and had my benefits reinstated. I have had no issues with the insurance company once I hired Neal."

N.S., D.S., Chicago, IL

"Neal Gainsberg was our lawyer in a car accident case. We were both injured in addition to our 16 month old daughter. Even though the other driver ran the red light and we had witnesses of her illegal conduct, her insurance company at first denied our claim and said it was our fault. We hired Neal and he fought the insurance company hard. Without having to go to court, he was able to convince the insurance company that it was their driver’s fault. Neal got a great settlement for us and our child within three months of the accident. We were very happy with Neal, he kept us informed about everything, and eased our stress from the accident. If you want an excellent car accident attorney, you need to hire Neal!"

N.S., D.S., Chicago, IL

2016-11-21T19:33:43+00:00

N.S., D.S., Chicago, IL

"Neal Gainsberg was our lawyer in a car accident case. We were both injured in addition to our 16 month old daughter. Even though the other driver ran the red light and we had witnesses of her illegal conduct, her insurance company at first denied our claim and said it was our fault. We hired Neal and he fought the insurance company hard. Without having to go to court, he was able to convince the insurance company that it was their driver’s fault. Neal got a great settlement for us and our child within three months of the accident. We were very happy with Neal, he kept us informed about everything, and eased our stress from the accident. If you want an excellent car accident attorney, you need to hire Neal!"

V.S.G. and M.G., Richton Park, IL

"Neal is a great attorney. He helped us with several legal issues, including obtaining a large settlement for us following a car accident. He worked very hard on our case from the start, answered all our phone calls and questions, and kept us continually updated. Since then, we have used Neal for other civil matters. We have known Neal for over 13 years, and call him whenever we have a legal question. We know Neal will be there to help us."

V.S.G. and M.G., Richton Park, IL

2016-11-21T19:25:43+00:00

V.S.G. and M.G., Richton Park, IL

"Neal is a great attorney. He helped us with several legal issues, including obtaining a large settlement for us following a car accident. He worked very hard on our case from the start, answered all our phone calls and questions, and kept us continually updated. Since then, we have used Neal for other civil matters. We have known Neal for over 13 years, and call him whenever we have a legal question. We know Neal will be there to help us."

E.S., Chicago, IL

"Neal Gainsberg represented me in my Chapter 13 case. He knew all the details about bankruptcy and my case, explained everything to me in the beginning, made every issue easy to understand, and provided the help I needed during the five years of the plan. As a result of Neal’s legal assistance, I was able to make all my plan payments and get a fresh start. I highly recommend that anyone considering bankruptcy to give Neal a call."

E.S., Chicago, IL

2016-11-21T19:22:30+00:00

E.S., Chicago, IL

"Neal Gainsberg represented me in my Chapter 13 case. He knew all the details about bankruptcy and my case, explained everything to me in the beginning, made every issue easy to understand, and provided the help I needed during the five years of the plan. As a result of Neal’s legal assistance, I was able to make all my plan payments and get a fresh start. I highly recommend that anyone considering bankruptcy to give Neal a call."

J.O., Indiana

"Neal Gainsberg at first represented me in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy case. He explained everything to me and developed a payment plan that I could afford. Whenever I had any questions, Neal responded quickly to any emails or phone calls. Unfortunately, I lost income during my plan, and Neal recommended that I convert the case to a Chapter 7 case. Despite my worries about my finances, Neal made everything easy for me, converted the case, and made sure that I received a fresh start. Neal was very knowledgeable about bankruptcy law, and I highly recommend him as a bankruptcy lawyer."

J.O., Indiana

2016-11-21T16:42:07+00:00

J.O., Indiana

"Neal Gainsberg at first represented me in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy case. He explained everything to me and developed a payment plan that I could afford. Whenever I had any questions, Neal responded quickly to any emails or phone calls. Unfortunately, I lost income during my plan, and Neal recommended that I convert the case to a Chapter 7 case. Despite my worries about my finances, Neal made everything easy for me, converted the case, and made sure that I received a fresh start. Neal was very knowledgeable about bankruptcy law, and I highly recommend him as a bankruptcy lawyer."

R.P., Chicago, IL

"Neal Gainsberg is a smart and an aggressive lawyer. He did a great job on my case. He helped me with a money dispute with a former friend and obtained a judgment for me. Neal listened and paid attention to any question I had, answered my calls right away, and was there for me at every point during the case. He knew exactly what to do in court. If you are looking to get compensation, I highly recommend that you hire Neal."

R.P., Chicago, IL

2016-11-21T19:35:21+00:00

R.P., Chicago, IL

"Neal Gainsberg is a smart and an aggressive lawyer. He did a great job on my case. He helped me with a money dispute with a former friend and obtained a judgment for me. Neal listened and paid attention to any question I had, answered my calls right away, and was there for me at every point during the case. He knew exactly what to do in court. If you are looking to get compensation, I highly recommend that you hire Neal."

M.T.G., Chicago, IL

"Neal Gainsberg took my personal injury claim against large store after I fell on water and injured my knee and back. The store employees disputed that anything happened and the manager accused me and my son, who witnessed the fall, of making it up. Neal brought a lawsuit against the store, took several depositions of the store employees, and obtained a great settlement for me and my family. Neal fought hard on my case, and I was very pleased with the results."

M.T.G., Chicago, IL

2016-11-21T19:18:57+00:00

M.T.G., Chicago, IL

"Neal Gainsberg took my personal injury claim against large store after I fell on water and injured my knee and back. The store employees disputed that anything happened and the manager accused me and my son, who witnessed the fall, of making it up. Neal brought a lawsuit against the store, took several depositions of the store employees, and obtained a great settlement for me and my family. Neal fought hard on my case, and I was very pleased with the results."
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