Trusted Chicago Car Accident Lawyers
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a car accident occurs every minute of every day, with over 5 million crashes per year. In 2010 alone, 2.24 million people were injured in crashes, resulting in 32,885 deaths. Not surprisingly, car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in this country.
For over 30 years, Passen & Powell has skillfully represented clients in motor vehicle accident cases involving permanent injury and wrongful death in the Chicago area, as well as nationwide. We are compassionate attorneys and we aggressively protect the rights of our clients.
If you have sustained an injury such as broken bones, soft tissue spinal injuries, brain injuries and paralysis or have suffered the loss of a loved one in a car accident, you need to contact a professional. Our experienced lawyers will thoroughly investigate the insurance coverage of the driver(s) involved in your accident and will tirelessly pursue the rightful compensation due to you.
Auto Accidents and Insurance Problems
In Illinois, as in most states, drivers are required to have a minimum amount of insurance while they operate a car, truck or other motor vehicle. Unfortunately, two problems often arise in Illinois car accident cases: (1) the negligent driver is “uninsured” — meaning he or she does not have any auto insurance coverage; or (2) the negligent driver is “underinsured” — meaning he or she only has minimal auto policy coverage, e.g., $20,000.
Our experienced Chicago car accident lawyers thoroughly investigate — not only the cause of the accident and nature of the injuries — but also the availablility of insurance coverage for all parties involved. If there is not adequate insurance coverage available from the negligent driver, our attorneys will analyze whether to pursue an uninsured motorist (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) claim, which may allow for additional compensation from the driver’s insurance company.
Excellent Reputation and Proven Success
At Passen & Powell, we have extensive experience with motor vehicle accident cases and have achieved substantial results for our clients. For example, Mr. Passen recently reached a $15 million settlement in a Chicago tractor-trailer accident case in which a husband was killed and his wife paralyzed when their vehicle was rear-ended by a semi truck on a Chicago highway.
We have also achieved substantial results for our clients, even in cases where the defense argued that our clients were not severely injured. For instance, we recently recovered the largest jury verdict ever in Illinois for a plaintiff over the age of 60 years old for purely soft tissue injuries. The case involved an elderly couple who were stopped in traffic on an Illinois interstate and were rear-ended by a semi tractor-trailer truck, suffering permanent spinal cord injuries.
These cases emphasize our firm philosophy: We accept a select number of cases that we truly believe in, and we put all our resources and energy into those cases to achieve the best possible result for our clients.
Call to Discuss a Potential Motor Vehicle Accident Case
At Passen & Powell, we are preeminent attorneys dedicated to our clients and their families. We offer respectful guidance and professional consultation. We are also proven trial lawyers, meaning that we prepare each case as if it will eventually go to trial. This practice often results in favorable settlements for our clients outside of court, but makes sure we are extremely well-prepared if we go to trial.
If you have a question or concern regarding a car accident case, please call us at (312) 527-4500 for a free legal consultation or fill out a free case evaluation.