Why Staver?

Staver Knows What Car Accident Cases Take

Every car accident is different, but all victims share one thing: they need money for car repairs, medical bills, and pain and suffering. They need time off work to heal. And above all, straight answers from a Chicago car accident lawyer who works for them – not themselves.

We Fight, So You Recover

Our attorneys have handled thousands of car accident claims. We’ll deal with the insurance companies, file the claims, and gather what’s needed so that you can get back to your life. We’ll keep you informed about where your case stands and act fast to recover what you lost. Let us pursue the compensation you need and help make your car accident a distant memory.

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Why Staver?

Staver Speaks for Chicago Car Accident Victims

Car accident injuries can change lives. Individuals and their families need someone to give their pain and losses a voice, so insurance adjusters take notice, and fewer people suffer. That’s something every car accident lawyer in our flaw firm appreciates. It’s what makes us passionate advocates for every client – in and out of court.

We’ve made thousands heard, and we’ll do it for you.

We Earn Client Trust

Insurers are not worried about your satisfaction or ability to move on after a car wreck. But Staver puts you first. It's why we have a 4.95 star Google rating based on client reviews.

Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. represented me after I was hit from behind in July 2017. The staff at Staver were compassionate, understanding, and very professional. I was updated on my case status upon my request, and all of my concerns were addressed in a timely manner. My case was settled, and I received my settlement money within six months. I would definitely recommend Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

angela callier-harris

★★★★★

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Proven Success in Chicago Car Accident Cases

Our attorneys fight hard every day for those harmed in Chicago car crashes. We’ve handled just about every type of car accident, helped good people deal with truly catastrophic injuries, and recovered millions in compensation on their behalf.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

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Award-Winning Car Accident Lawyers Working for YOU

With every award, the more we cement ourselves as leaders in car accident injury law. Our business rating shows our commitment to client care, and a place in the top 100 trial lawyers of America shows we’re tough opponents.

Our Recognition & Rep Speaks Volumes.

Awards Memberships
Better Business Bureau A+ Rating
American Association of Personal Injury Attorneys
The AV Peer Rating
Top 100 Trial Lawyers of America
The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
National Association of Distinguished Counsel
The Chicago Bar Association
The Illinois State Bar Association
The American Bar Association
Brain Injury Association of America ‘Preferred Attorney’

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How We Can Help

Kickstart Your Car Accident Recovery

Handling a car accident claim yourself is a mistake. These cases are more complicated than most realize, and profit-driven insurance companies want you to accept less. Staver boosts the odds of recovering what you deserve.

Here’s how…

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Reduce an Auto Accident’s Financial Stress

You have enough to worry about. So if you work with our car accident lawyers, rest easy because there’s no up-front cost for our services.

Our contingency fee policy also guarantees you won’t owe us anything unless you receive compensation.

Free case evaluation
$0.00 out of pocket expenses
No fee unless you win

Average Payout Amount*

w/attorney $1,600 on your own $1,600
Difference of $1,000.00

*According to the 2017 Martindale-Nolo Research.

Fight for Fair & Fast Car Accident Settlements

Our experience means we can get more money, often in less time. It usually boils down to efficiency and calculating the total value of what a car accident cost you, like your time away from work, pain and suffering, and future medical costs.

Insurance companies notoriously offer less than enough for car accident injuries. But Staver knows how they operate and what makes them respond. We will negotiate to reach a fair result. But if they won’t take accountability, we won’t hesitate to take them to court.

Our Process

We Focus on YOU after a Car Accident

Your experience being injured in a car accident is unlike anyone else’s. At Staver, we understand this. Our process for winning car accident cases begins and ends with you in mind.

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01

Consultation

02

Case Value

03

Evidence

04

Settlement

If Needed

Trial

Start with a Free Consultation with an Attorney

Discuss your case one-on-one with one of our auto accident attorneys and figure out your next step. Let us answer any car accident or insurance claim questions and explain your legal options, including a possible lawsuit.

Your initial consult is free of charge and has no obligation. Use this time to determine if an attorney is a good fit and whether your case stands a good chance at success.

When you meet with your car accident lawyer, here are some things you may want to have or be ready to discuss:

  • Your story: In addition to where you were going and the factors that led to your car accident, some specifics will help our investigation. For example, “My accident was near Clark & Lincoln. I was driving Northbound on Clark St by Lincoln Park and was hit trying to turn left onto Lincoln Ave.”
  • Receipts for accident expenses: The aftermath of a car wreck will result in various out-of-pocket costs. These are often overlooked but add up fast. So keep the receipts for any medications, repairs, or bills associated with your car crash and injuries.
  • Insurance Policy Info: To get started, your lawyer will need to know which insurance companies are involved, what coverage applies, and any communication or settlement offer you received.
  • The Police Report: The Chicago Police Department will usually be the agency that responds to your accident, but it may be a municipal department like Berwyn or Lincolnwood. Their documents related to the accident will reference essential factors like speed, road conditions, vehicle position, and any citations issued.
  • Any Photos, Videos, Or Documents: When you’re in a car accident, you should take photos of the damage and your injuries. You can also take video at the scene or take notes about your injuries and medical care.
  • Witness & Driver Contact Info: Any information you have about the other driver and their vehicle (name, contact information, employment information, and license plate number) will be helpful. Also, try to keep any potential witnesses’ names and contact information, if applicable.
| Next Step: Determine the Value of Your Case

Determine the Value of Your Car Accident

We don’t waste time.

Staver gets straight to work to assess the full financial impact of a car accident. This goes beyond car repairs and medical bills. While they are important, you shouldn’t also bear the burden of being out of work or a diminished quality of life due to an accident you didn’t cause.

Staver looks long-term and considers everything you suffered and will have to endure after an accident. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to special damages, punitive damages, general damages, and, lastly, survival damages.

For a full run-down of damages, take a look here.

| Next Step: Evidence

Collect Evidence to Support Your Car Accident Case

You’ll need to back up what a car accident cost you with evidence. This can include medical bills, photos of your injuries, expert testimony about what caused the accident, and financial records showing lost wages or future damages.

The better your proof, the more compensation you could get.

For example, to establish your pain and suffering, your doctor may explain that you appeared to be in discomfort or had limited mobility after a car accident. Keeping a diary or video recording describing your pain in your own words could come in handy too.

| Next Step: Settlement

We’ll Settle, But Only If It’s Right

After we’ve looked over the damages, we’ll put our team into action. The insurer may reach out during this time with a settlement offer. This is intentional, but usually, their first offer is too low.

You don’t want to settle a car accident too fast, only to realize you need an expensive surgery later.

At Staver, we’ll review their offer and help you decide if it will meet your needs. But our Chicago car accident attorneys won’t let you be pressured or settle for an amount that shortchanges you. We’re relentless in our pursuit of the highest compensation possible. We’ll go back and forth for as long as it takes.

| Next Step: Trial

We’ll Take Your Case to Trial If Necessary

We want to get the most out of your case. If a settlement can’t be reached, we won’t hesitate to file a car accident lawsuit and take your case to trial. A lot of car accident firms are afraid of the courtroom, but that’s not Staver.

We’ll pull in expert witnesses to reconstruct the car accident, help the jury see your side of the story, and argue for every bit of compensation you’re legally entitled to.

| Next Step: Consultation
Ready to get started?

It all starts with a free consultation.

Building Your Case

Chicago Car Accident Laws & Info

Although we have the legal side covered, if you or a loved one are hurt in a Chicago-area car accident, it can be helpful to have a general understanding of some of the unique laws and guidelines that may apply. This can shed light on potential obstacles or opportunities that may arise and go a long way in identifying who’s at fault and what actions to take after a car accident.

Building your case

Case Details

What Caused Your Auto-Accident?

  • Drunk Driving
  • Distracted Driving or Texting While Driving
  • Dangerous and Defective Roads
  • Speeding
  • Reckless Driving
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Work Zones
  • Low Speeds
  • Teen Drivers
  • Drivers Over Age 65

What Type of Car Accident Was It?

Many factors play a part in motor-vehicle accidents – the vehicles involved, the location, the time of day, the weather and traffic conditions, and so on. Classifying the accident as a T-bone collision, a failure to yield, or a rear-end collision may seem arbitrary. Still, it is essential to build a car accident case, identify who is at fault, and confirm the exact cause of your injury.

Common Types of Car Accidents


Car Accidents with Semi-Trucks

Car vs. truck accidents are very different from motor-vehicle accidents. They are usually much more complex and involve grievous injuries. For example, commercial trucks have strict insurance regulations, driver restrictions and typically involve large companies with tremendous resources. By working with an experienced lawyer, you can target these policies, use data from the truck as evidence, and hold negligent parties accountable.

Learn more about Truck Accidents


Car Accidents Involving a Train

Vehicle-train collisions are more complicated than the average car wreck. Investigating a train accident can be challenging, especially determining which party was negligent and liable for your injuries. Staver has years of experience handling train accident cases, including Amtrak, Metra, the L, BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, and other railroad and freight companies.


Liability & Fault in a Chicago Car Accident

An injury alone isn’t enough for a case. Someone needs to be held responsible for the harm you suffered. This means physical and financial harm. In legal terms, this is what’s referred to as ‘liability.’ To determine liability, our Chicago accident attorneys will take a deep dive into all the evidence to prove that another persons’ actions were negligent.

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Insurance Issues

What’s Covered & Who Pays for a Car Accident?

In Illinois, all vehicles must be covered by:

  • a minimum of $25,000 for injury or death of one person
  • $50,000 for injury or death of two or more people
  • $20,000 for property damage

This is usually written as 25/50/20 coverage.

If you are in a crash with someone from another state, their minimum amount of insurance may turn out to be higher or lower.

Identify All Liable Parties

Our car accident lawyers will check each relevant party’s insurance coverage. More than one policy may apply, or your own coverage may let you recover if the other driver doesn’t have sufficient insurance.

Common insurance issues we can help with include:

  • First Party Claims
  • Third-Party Claims
  • Poor Communication with Insurance Carriers
  • Time Limits Imposed by Insurance Companies
  • Arbitration
  • Subrogation
  • Bad Faith

When you meet with us, we will fully discuss insurance issues you may face and how we can help.


Laws

Car Accidents Have Time Limits

You need to act fast if you or a loved one were hurt in a car accident. In Illinois, you have two years to file for a car accident and many other personal injury cases. However, if the plaintiff is a child or another variable exists, that time limit permitted to file a case may differ.

This sounds like plenty of time, but memories and evidence fade quickly after a car wreck. The longer you wait, the harder it’ll be to recover compensation.


Frequently Asked Questions

You should get medical care right away. Whether your injuries are minimal or severe, you should call 911 to ensure that the police arrive to complete a report.

Liability is the legal term for when someone is held responsible for actions that cause people, or property harm. Common parties who may be liable in a Chicago area auto accident include:

  • The driver
  • The car owner
  • A passenger
  • A bar who served a motorist too much alcohol (Dram Shop Liability)
  • A social host who served a driver alcohol
  • A government entity that didn’t maintain roads or signs
  • A company that manufactured a defective part

Contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. This will ensure that your rights are protected throughout the claim process. You’ll also have better chances of recovering the compensation you deserve.

You have the right to pursue compensation through a lawsuit if you’ve been injured in a car accident because of another driver’s negligence, recklessness or intentional conduct.

Still not sure whether you should file a lawsuit or not? It would be good to speak with a car accident attorney to find out how much your claim may be worth and what your best options are for recovering compensation.

In Illinois, drivers are required to report traffic accidents within 10 days if the crash resulted in:

  • a fatality
  • an injury
  • more than $1,500 in property damage when all drivers are insured
  • more than $500 in property damage if any of the vehicles involved are uninsured

If you fail to report an accident, you may face fines, jail time, or have your license suspended.

You can request a copy of the police report from the law enforcement agency that responded to the scene and took the information.

If the Chicago Police responded to your accident, you can contact the Chicago Police Department Records Customer Service Section or get copies of Traffic Crash Reports online.

If you are unsure of how to obtain a copy of the police report for a crash, call us today.

Basic information regarding the other driver should be on the traffic crash report completed by the responding police officer. You should obtain a copy of the report.

Your lack of a license or suspended license won’t impact your ability to file a claim for injuries caused by a negligent driver.

If you were not at fault, you might still be able to recover compensation for your injuries.

If your insurance claim was denied, the insurer should have told you why, in writing. You should contact a Chicago auto accident attorney and give them this information so they can advise you on how to appeal the claim.

You may be able to appeal the denied claim with the insurer or pursue compensation through a lawsuit.

If another driver’s negligence killed your loved one, you may have a valid wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims are somewhat different than typical personal injury lawsuits; however, you can still win compensation for the death of your relative.

Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, you may be able to get money to cover medical expenses, property damage, funeral and burial expenses, estate administration expenses, and more.


Where is There an Office Near Me?

We cover the whole of the Chicagoland area:

Chicago, Aurora, Elgin, Hinsdale, Naperville, Joliet, Waukegan

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