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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 Myth of Multitasking While Driving

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Man talking on the phone while driving and not paying attention on the road

Drivers who multitask take notice: your brain cannot effectively do two things at once. Recent studies by scientists have shown that our brains are unable to do two demanding tasks, such as driving and talking, as well simultaneously as it can do each individually. If you attempt to multitask while driving, you’re needlessly putting yourself and others in danger.

Scientists say that when you try to do two tasks at the same time, your brain is not actually performing both tasks simultaneously. What really is happening is that your brain shifts its resources between each task without you being conscious of it. In essence, since your brain cannot devote all of its processing power to both tasks at the same time, you cannot perform each task to the best of your abilities.

Effects of Multitasking While Driving

Your natural inability to effectively concentrate on more than one task at a time is not problematic if you are doing two tasks that are not dangerous or do not require much concentration, such as talking to your spouse while doing dishes. However, it is much different when talking while doing a complicated task such as driving.

Studies have demonstrated that drivers talking on a cell phone can only recall half of the objects that they have passed on the road. The reason for this is that the brain does not process all information that is available As the brain struggles to switch between tasks, these moments of unawareness, can make the difference between life and death. Since a car traveling 55 miles per hour covers 80 feet per second, an accident can easily occur during these moments.

Experts also say that it is a myth that a hands-free phone is safer than a handheld one. A conversation, whether on a handheld or hands-free device, has the same distracting effect on the brain’s ability to concentrate on the road.

The dangers of using a cell phone while driving are well documented. Drivers using cell phones, ironically, react more slowly than a person with a .08 blood-alcohol concentration, the level at which a person is considered too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle.

Officials say that it is unfortunate that the laws have not caught up to address this reality, but predict that they most likely will as the public becomes more aware of the danger.

Source: Daily Herald

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.

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