Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers Belvidere, Illinois

Belvidere’s #1 Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers

Belvidere, Illinois

If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured in Belvidere, we can help.

At Marriett & Murati, we stand up for the rights of injury victims throughout Illinois. Our services have been utilized in over 30 of Illinois’ 102 counties for a reason: we get results. When you or a loved one have been hurt or injured due to the negligence of another, or while at work, we fight for you. There’s never a fee unless we win, it costs absolutely nothing to have us start working for you, and we actually care.  Our office keeps a tailored caseload so that we can work directly with our clients without the need for abundant support staff. This means not only are you not kept at arms length from your lawyer, but you actually have our personal phone numbers, e-mail, and can even text message us about your case. 


Belvidere’s Law Enforcement Response

If your case involves an auto accident, the responding law enforcement agency will prepare a crash report based on Illinois Statute that will list of a number of important items that will help us, help you. First, the report lists off what the responding officer’s observations were at arrival and during the interaction with the crash scene. Second it will provide us with the relevant insurance company of the person who injured you so that we can initiate a formal claim. If you were hurt in Belvidere, Illinois, or in Boone County generally you likely had one of these two agencies being responsible for preparing your crash report: The Belvidere City Police Department at 615 N. Main St. Belvidere, IL 61008 , 815-544-9626, or on the web at https://www.ci.belvidere.il.us/departments/police-department OR the Boone County Sheriff’s Department at 615 N. Main St. Belvidere, IL 61008, 815-544-9322, or on the web at https://www.boonecountyil.org/government/departments/sheriff_s_office/


Car Accident Personal Injury Compensation Options

If you have been injured in a car accident in Belvidere, Illinois, or in a surrounding community, there are essentially two ways to recover compensation for your injury.

  1. The “law and order” type path, where a suit is filed and a judge or jury ultimately rules on liability and/or damages at a contested trial. You would be present, and the insurance company would provide an attorney for the other involved party to your accident. Testimony would be taken on all sides, and then a decision would be rendered on your case. Certainly, some cases must go to trial; perhaps liability is questionable as to who caused the accident. However, in some cases with severe injuries and high monetary (money) damages, some insurance companies would rather pay for a civil defense firm to litigate the case to try to avoid what’s fairly owed to the victim of their driver’s bad act.
  1. This leads us to option, which is litigating your claim through the Illinois Car Accident Settlement Process, which will be described further on this page.
  • Section 5/11-401 of the Illinois Vehicle Code says you must report any car accident that results in injury to or death to a person. If you are injured, you must let the responding officer or police agency know about your injury. It is required by statute, and the officer on scene will be a key component in not only requesting medical assistance (e.g., an ambulance), but also in formulating a crash report on how your accident happened. Having information regarding the extent of your injuries in a police report is a good starting point when your lawyer begins to investigate your case.
  • Under Illinois’ mandatory insurance law, all drivers of a motor vehicle in Illinois must be covered by the following minimum insurance requirements: i. $25,000 for an injury to or death of one person in an accident, ii. $50,000 for injury to or death of more than one person in an accident, and iii. $20,000 to cover damage to property of another person.
  • It’s easy to see that because of these low minimum standards, it is a wise decision to ensure that you not only have a comprehensive insurance policy of your own to cover uninsured motorists who may collide with your vehicle, but also a policy to cover underinsured motorists who may have only a minimum policy for an injury of $25,000. In practical effect, without covering yourself with such a policy, you risk a two-fold injury to yourself or your family. Imagine you are driving through an intersection and someone with minimal insurance runs a red light and drives into your door at 45 miles per hour. Perhaps the resulting injury causes an injury such as a crushed foot or leg that will never return to normal after the accident, and you have a job that requires you to be on your feet all day, or that you have small children who you regularly engage in play with. Not only will you never be the same physically, but you’ll also never be the same mentally or emotionally; you likely will never be able to return to the same job with the same duties you had before, and you may never be able to engage with your children the same way as before either. With medical bills alone, it’s hard to imagine that an at-fault driver’s insurance coverage of $25,000 is going to cover your medical bills, let alone the pain and suffering someone would endure in the aforementioned situation.

Car Accident Settlement Process

The car accident settlement process roughly flows in this order:

  1. The accident occurs.
  2. You seek treatment and a lawyer (we can refer you to various healthcare providers if you don’t have your own providers).
  3. You work on getting better through treatment (physical recovery). Yes, this can be a time-consuming process, but we take care of everything with your insurance, and handle your property damage claim to get your vehicle fixed in as short a time period as possible.
  4. We investigate your claim, and perhaps bring on an accident reconstructionist or other useful experts to build your case in preparation for a jury to hear your story.
  5. When you are back to how you were prior to your accident, or as close to 100% as your doctor believes you will get, we start to compile your medical bills.
  6. We then compile any of your lost wages (e.g., time missed from work for medical appointments, time lost to various treatments, and time you were out of work from the injury).
  7. We then assess how your quality of life has been impacted from your accident. So, if you can no longer participate in the activities you did prior to the accident, if you can’t pick your children up anymore, or if you have problems grocery shopping, among other limitations, we start to formulate what we may be seeking in pain and suffering amounts for an accurate idea of what to ask an insurance adjuster or jury to award you.
  8. We then submit what is known as a “demand” letter to the other driver’s insurance company, requesting a specific amount to avoid litigation. From there, they have the choice to accept the demand, counter offer a different amount, or reject settlement.
  9. If we cannot arrive at a resolution that you are satisfied with, the next step is to pursue a trial. Steps 2-9 can occur while a lawsuit is pending. If negotiations don’t work, we move into a trial or arbitration stage of your case, in which we make an argument to a Boone County, Illinois judge, jury, or panel of arbitrators, and argue over liability (i.e., who caused your accident) and/or what a fair amount of money is to resolve your case (i.e., damages).

Illinois Time Limits on Filing Personal Injury Suit

Paul Marriett working personal injury case with accident victim.

In most cases in Illinois, there is a two-year time limit on personal injury lawsuits.

Illinois sets a time limit of two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. In most cases, this two-year time limit, known as a “statute of limitations,” begins to run on the date of the accident. Sometimes, however, a statute of limitations might run from the date that you discovered you were injured, rather than the date of the event that injured you. This later date is known as a “discovery date.”

For injury claims against a city or county, you have one year to file a lawsuit. The time limit to sue the state is generally two years, but you must file a formal claim within one year in order to sue.

The qualified personal injury law firm of Marriett and Murati can help guide you through this difficult time and alleviate some of the stress.


Contact Personal Injury Lawyers: Marriett & Murati

For an honest, free, and compassionate consultation about your Belvidere, or Boone County, Illinois personal injury case, feel free to call or text message us confidentially at 815-315-4967 or contact us here. Remember our service is absolutely no cost to you unless we earn a recovery on your behalf. Let the trusted pro’s at Marriett & Murati help you or your loved one navigate the legal side of your case and fight for your financial recovery, while you focus on your physical recovery.