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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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Research Shows Drunk-Driving Incidents on the Decline

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In a recent survey, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that there were 112 million incidents of drunk driving in the United States in 2010. And, while this number is staggeringly high, it represents the CDC’s lowest estimated total of incidents of drunk driving in nearly 20 years, and a decline of nearly 30 percent of total drunk-driving incidents in the past five years.

Conducted by telephone in 2010, the CDC spoke with nearly 210,000 Americans and asked them about the number of times that they had driven drunk. Approximately 1 in 50 respondents reported that they had driven drunk at least once in the past 30 days, with a few stating that they had driven drunk nearly every day. And, approximately 60 percent of those surveyed said they had driven drunk just once last year. Based on the survey responses, the CDC estimates that approximately 4 million Americans

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also indicate that incidents of drunk driving may be declining. According to the NHTSA, there were 11,711 alcohol-related fatalities in 2008, but decreased to 10,839 in 2009.

Drunk-driving fatalities in Illinois, for example, are also declining. In 2009, there were over 900 drunk-driving incidents; down from over 1000 in 2008.

One potential reason for the decline is a bad economy. Tough times could be forcing many people to stay at home and thus driving drunk would not be problematic. While the numbers from the CDC and the NHTSA seem positive, unfortunately, it only takes one drunk driver to change the lives of innocent people. Those whose lives are dramatically altered by the actions of a drunk driver may be able to seek compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering as well as punitive damages from the driver.

Speaking with an auto accident attorney is recommended.

Source: MSNBC

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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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