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What Every Illinois Driver Needs to Know About Auto Insurance

Written by Ankin Law Office

Chances are – at some point – you will have been in an auto accident, whether it was your fault or someone else’s, and whether minor or severe. You may be wondering whether your rates will go up and how to proceed with your claim. The Chicago auto accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on helping clients recover following an auto accident.

The following are several things that every Illinois driver should know about auto insurance: 

  • Illinois has increased its minimum liability coverage. All Illinois auto insurance policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2015 must include minimum liability coverage of $25,000 for injury or death of one person (up from $20,000), and $50,000 for injury or death of two people (up from $40,000). Minimum liability coverage for property damage will increase from $15,000 to $20,000. Some legislators estimate that insurance premiums could increase by about $75 for the additional insurance coverage. Given that medical bills and damages often exceed the minimum liability coverage, a $75 per year increase in premiums is a small price to pay to compensate the victims of auto accidents caused by negligence.
  • Even if the negligent motorist is uninsured or underinsured, you can still recover compensation for your injuries and property damage under your own insurance policy. Uninsured/underinsured motorist provisions can be confusing, with many nuances, so it is beneficial to discuss the claim with a skilled Illinois auto accident attorney.
  • Illinois is not a no-fault insurance state, unlike some other states, including Michigan. Accordingly, Illinois insurance coverage uses modified comparative negligence tort principles to determine liability and compensation and drivers are required to maintain a certain minimum amount of insurance coverage.
  • You must accept the insurance company’s claim offer or file a personal injury lawsuit within a specific period of time. In Illinois, claims involving bodily injuries must be settled, or a lawsuit must be filed, within 2 years of the date of the accident. Property damage claims must be settled, or a lawsuit filed, within 5 years of the date of the accident.

The Chicago auto accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC are dedicated to protecting the rights of auto accidents victims and helping them to obtain full and fair compensation. Our skilled personal injury attorneys have significant experience dealing with insurance companies – both your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company – and we are highly familiar with the auto accident claims process.  Let us deal with the insurance companies so you don’t have to.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident or you would like more information on auto insurance laws, contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled Chicago auto accident attorneys.

Categories: Personal Injury