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  • 19 Apr 2018

    What is Negligent Entrustment?

    Negligent Entrustment is a type of legal claim brought by an injured party against a vehicle owner, even though someone else was driving the vehicle. An example of negligent entrustment will help. Bob owns a 2017 Dodge Avenger. He lets Jim borrow the Avenger for the day, even though Bob knows Jim does not have a driver’s license. While driving the Avenger, Jim causes a crash and severely injures Jill. Jill now has a claim against Jim for negligence and a claim against Bob for negligent entrustment. If forced to, Jill and her lawyers can file a single lawsuit against both Bob and Jim to compensate her for the harms and losses she suffered from the crash. What Is Required In A Negligent Entrustment Claim? In a car crash claim, an injured person must prove two things to win a negligent entrustment claim: 1. Did the vehicle owner entrust an unfit person to drive the […]
  • 09 Apr 2018

    The Deadly Cost of Drowsy Driving

    Drowsy driving is a dangerous and far too common habit. According to the CDC, one in 25 drivers reports falling asleep while driving within the past month. This dangerous practice can quickly turn deadly for drivers, passengers, and others on the road. This guest post is brought to us from the folks at Tuck.com. The Tuck Sleep Foundation is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on NPR, Lifehacker, Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web. The Impact of Drowsy Driving Accidents Drowsy driving is a factor in 6 percent of crashes annually. Each year, that adds up to approximately 328,000 crashes. Of those crashes, approximately 109,000 involve injuries and 6,400 involve fatalities. In addition to injuries and fatalities, drowsy driving is behind billions in societal costs each year. Annually, […]
  • 26 Nov 2017

    Nagel Named Top 100 Trial Attorney

    The American Society of Legal Advocates released its list of Top 100 Trial Attorneys, naming Matthew Nagel as a Top 100 Trial Attorney in Illinois. Nagel is BiState Law Center's managing partner and joins a select group limited to less than 1.5% of of all licensed lawyers nationwide. The American Society of Legal Advocates is an invitation-only, nationwide organization of elite lawyers in practice today who combine stellar legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards. A team of lawyers spent six months researching tens of thousands of lawyers across the country and manually selecting less than 1.5% of all lawyers based on an array of criteria. ASLA’s Top 100 Lawyers and Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 listings recognize exceptional legal talent and early promise among the next generation of great lawyers. This selection comes shortly after Nagel won a $30,000 verdict in a dog bite […]
  • 20 May 2016

    Children Injured In Millstadt Illinois Bus Crash

    Children Injured In Millstadt Illinois Bus Crash I first saw the headline on Facebook - "Two students taken to hospital after Millstadt bus crash."  My heart jumped into my throat, because this bus accident hit very close to home.  I grew up in Millstadt and went to Millstadt Consolidated School, just like the children on this bus.  I've driven on Imbs Station Road thousands of times, and I immediately began worrying about friends and their kids.  Needless to say, my thoughts and prayers go out to these families who have been impacted by this crash. School Bus Crash and Safety As a personal injury lawyer that practices in Illinois, my mind eventually starts asking questions like "Whose fault was this bus crash?"  School buses require special attention because they transport our children to and from school.  Not only are school bus drivers held to higher standards than other drivers on the road, school districts must take […]