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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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Study Shows Roads More Dangerous for Elderly Pedestrians Than Elderly Drivers

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We’ve all heard of the problems associated with elderly drivers getting behind the wheel of a car and causing auto accidents. However, a new study shows that seniors are more likely to be involved in an auto accident as a pedestrian crossing the street than as a driver.

The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom, reviewed data from road accident fatalities from the UK police records between 1989 and 2009. Individuals over 70 years of age were found to be five times more likely to be hit by a vehicle while walking than those in the 21-29 age group.

This statistic seems to be true for U.S. seniors. According to the Journal of America Geriatrics Society, older adults in the U.S. accounted for 37 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in 2009.

Jonathan Rolison, study lead, says the reason could be because seniors crossing the road often times underestimate speeds and distances.

This is alarming considering legislatures in both the UK and U.S. are pushing for stricter license renewal procedures for seniors. However, Rolison, indicates that, ” Assessing whether older adults can drive is important, but the problem is it leads to policies which are becoming tighter and tighter and distract us from older adults at risk as pedestrians.”

With the increase in aging baby boomers, “now is the time to focus on making pathways and transportation areas more safe,” he added.

Rolison recommends allocating more time to cross the streets and installing traffic islands as ways to mitigate pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

Source: Reuters, Driver’s seat safer than sidewalk for older adults, Natasja Sheriff, Aug 23, 2012

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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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