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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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Frightening Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen-Agers

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Frightening Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen-Agers

Grazian and Volpe has been advocating for the victims of distracted driving in Chicago and South Chicago for over 27 years. We have noted the marked annual increase in the incidents of motor vehicle fatalities and serious personal injury caused by car accidents in which the driver has been distracted whether through cell phone use, eating or drinking while driving, texting, adjusting the radio or grooming or putting on make-up while driving. Recent studies have shown that the vast majority of all drivers recognize that driving while distracted is dangerous and are not surprised when told that distracted driving is responsible for more than 5,000 deaths due to motor vehicle accidents and close to 450,000 motor vehicle accidents involving personal injuries.

The uptrend in car accidents due to distracted driving is in direct correlation with rapid rate with which phone applications and technology are expanding.

In June of 2011, 196,000 million text messages were sent and received in the USA which represented a 50% increase over the previous year. A Virginia Tech study of the same year found that a driver is 23 times more likely to crash if driving while texting; and a serious or fatal accident is four times more likely to occur.

Despite these frightening statistics, an on-line survey of 2000 teens between 16 and 19 years found that 86% had driven while distracted even though 84% know that it dangerous and 89% recognize that the behavior reduces reaction time.(2010 AAA and Seventeen Magazine: Ad Council, 2011)

To make matters horrifying, 77% of young adults surveyed stated that they are very confident that they can safely text while driving despite their knowledge of its dangers! (Ad Council, 2011)

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