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Lawyers oversee legal matters on behalf of their clients. When looking for one, you need to know the legal services you need. In the case of a car accident claim, a lawyer will oversee all communications and negotiations between you and the insurance company. The lawyer will also help you file court-mandated documents within the statute of limitations (time limits) for filing those documents. 
An insurance claim is a request for benefits or compensation for damages that result from a motor vehicle accident. The claim is typically made with the insurance company representing the driver who is at fault.  Both drivers will need to report the accident to their insurance companies, however, in accordance to the requirements of their individual policies. Many car insurance claims are made each day around the nation, and the process has become relatively standardized. That doesn’t mean the insurance company won’t push back if they believe they shouldn’t recognize their liability, but the process will be similar to most other accidents of the same type.
Chicago car accident attorneys are likely going to attempt to reach a settlement with the insurance company before going to court. The majority of car accident lawsuits are settled out of court. However, if the insurance company refuses to offer a reasonable settlement, or if they have decided to argue fault for the accident, you could find yourself going to court.  
If you were injured in a trucking accident in Chicago, Berwyn, Oak Lawn, Cicero, or a nearby community, call the injury attorneys at Lloyd Miller Law for a free consultation.

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The Bike Driver in a Motorcylce Accident is Not Always at Fault!

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Bicycle and Motorcycle Collision Accident

On September 15th, we wrote about the difficulties inherent in pursuing personal injury claims made by the drivers of motorcycles that are involved in motor vehicle accidents. (Winning the Jury; myaccidentlaw.com/blog September 15th, 2011). To add insult to injury, we have written about the brain injuries and loss of memory endemic to riders when they are hurt (myaccidentlaw.com/blog “Bikers: Get A Garmin). Unfortunately for riders, they suffer these disadvantages when they are involved in accidents and the general public perception that riders are reckless drivers often acts against them when they are pursuing their personal injury claim. The fact is that riders are most often responsible and obeying traffic rules when something occurs that cannot be avoided and is not the rider’s fault.

In one recent case, a motorcycle passenger was seriously injured by a crash caused by the improper installation of a manhole cover. Apparently, the road had been recently resurfaced but the contractor failed to repair one manhole cover causing it to be raised 3 inches over street level. It was determined that the negligence of the contractor caused the crash and the case was settled for $3, 817,500. The plaintiff who was a 50-year-old nurse suffered traumatic brain injury, a fractured sacrum, a fractured pelvis and two fractured ribs. In this lawsuit, a settlement was reached and the case did not go to jury. At Grazian and Volpe we are always cognizant of the prejudices juries have against bikers. We are  pleased to see this plaintiff was able to reach a fine settlement without trial and wish this healer a speedy and good recovery.

About the Author

Kurt D. Lloyd is a plaintiff’s trial lawyer who focuses on medical malpractice and other catastrophic injury cases. He lives in Chicago and represents injured clients throughout Illinois. He is also the founder of Lloyd Law Group, Ltd.

Chicago accident lawyer Kurt D. Lloyd