Meet with a local personal injury attorney. Most attorneys will offer a free consultation over the phone or in person.
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As long as there is insurance, you are ok. You need to consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to coordinate your care and optimize your claim. Good luck.
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You are okay, because insurance usually covers anyone driving the car at the time. Retain a personal injury attorney to help you navigate the difficult world of dealing with insurance adjusters and getting the maximum compensation for your claim.
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There are several ways that you can likely recover. Like the others who posted, I think you will need an attorney to assist you. Generally - you should be able to make a claim against the other driver and have it be covered. If for some reason they have no coverage you should still have uninsured motorist coverage on your own vehicle that would cover the loss. There are several other coverages that may apply to help you with medical bills etc. Happy to explain if you have further questions.
You should be okay. Contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.
With the exception of the possibility that a really bad insurance company may try to deny coverage on the basis that the owner of the car wasn't a valid insured since he was not licensed (and these types of clauses often can be overcome in court), you should be able to assert a claim for both personal injury and property damage against the other vehicle owner's carrier.
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I agree with the other attorneys - get to a good qualified local attorney who knows Illinois law and learn your rights.
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You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. The Guides can be accessed through my profile page on Avvo.com.
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Typically, insurance runs with the vehicle so your loss should be covered through the owner of the vehicle. However, it is possible the insurance company may deny coverage due to the driver not being licensed. Either way, it will certainly be to your benefit to contact an attorney immediately.
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The answers depend upon many other facts. A permissive driver is generally covered, but a specifically excluded driver will not be covered. If there is no coverage, and if you have automobile coverage yourself, then you may qualify to make an uninsured motorist claim against your own insurance carrier in order to cover your medical bills and personal injury. Even "liability only" coverage should include uninsured motorist coverage.
This is potentially a tricky set of facts. Your next step should be to get a private, comprehensive, free consultation form an experienced local attorney.
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