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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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Keeping Children Safe During These Last Few Weeks of Summer

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Keeping Children Safe During These Last Few Weeks of Summer

Many families are taking last minute vacations before the kids head back to school. With high airfare costs, many will choose to travel by car. Following simple car safety tips during this last stretch of summer will keep children safe and mitigate the chances of a car accident.

Perform Car Maintenance: Before leaving on vacation make sure your car, including the vehicle’s air condition, is in good condition.

Properly Install Car Seats: Make sure car seats and booster seats are properly installed and your children are secure in their seats. Additionally, children under the age of 12 should always ride in the back seat.

Secure Loose Objects. Cell phones, cameras and other loose objects in the car can become dangerous weapons in the event of the crash due to the force caused by an accident. Making sure they are secure can prevent injuries.

Ban Unsupervised Children in the Car: It is tempting to leave your children in the car to run a quick errand. However, with record breaking heat temps, this could be catastrophic. Car temperatures can rise to a deadly degree in less than 10 minutes-even when the windows are cracked.

Keep Children Hydrated. Children can dehydrate quickly in hot summer temperatures. Make sure you have cool water available in the car.

Lock Car Doors. When the car is not in use, make sure you lock the car doors to ensure that children don’t enter the vehicle by themselves.

Curb Children’s Boredom. Bring books and toys to keep children occupied. The more content your children are, the less distracted you will be from driving. Make sure, however, these items are put away securely when not in use will reduce the risk that they will be dangerous projectile objects in the event of a collision.

Lastly, the most important thing to remember on your car trip is to have fun!

Source: Parents Central, Safe for Life, 2012

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