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        Injury Lawyer News: Chicago May Settle Car Accident Lawsuit

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        Negligent driving is one of the most destructive activities on American roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 421,000 people suffered injuries in accidents with distracted drivers in 2012.

        That number doesn’t even take into account other forms of negligent driving, including drowsy driving, drunk driving and speeding. Almost all personal-injury lawsuits that result from car accidents allege that another motorist’s negligent behavior caused the accident and, therefore, the injuries. However, other parties are sometimes included.

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        Work Zone Safety Month in Illinois

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        Tortious Law and Econ – An Automobile Accident Example

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        Tort comes from a French word that means injury. Tortious law from an economical point of view covers situations when the transaction cost of bargaining is too high for both parties to agree in advance.

        What do I mean by agree in advance? Two economists, Robert Cooter and Thomas Ulen state tort law is; “the attempt to make injurers internalize the externalities they cause, in situations where transaction costs are too high to do this through property or contract rights.” So, let’s think about this with an example, say an automobile accident. Under contract law, you and a person would make a contract saying that the person cannot hit you. However, it would be impossible to have an agreement or promise before an accident that states what will happen in the event of an accident that both parties agree to. Even more impossible would be to have a contract with every other possible driver.

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        Trucker Kills Illinois DOT Worker in Tollway Crash, Pleads Not Guilty

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        Renato Velasquez entered a not guilty plea through his attorney, Steven Goldman. Goldman said, “As expected, he’s concerned.” The fatal crash that killed Illinois Department of Transportation Tollway worker, Vincent Petrella, and injured Illinois State Trooper, Douglas Balder, occured on January 27, 2014.

        Trooper Balder was working to remove a stalled semi-truck along with the help of Tollway worker, Vincent Petrella. Initial investigations state that a semi-tractor trailer ahead of Velasquez’s 18-wheeler moved out of the right-hand land in order to avoid hitting the vehicles. However, Velasquez continued on, crahsing into the tollway vehicle.

        Illinois Tollway worker, Vincent Petrella, died at the scene of the accident, while Illinois State Trooper, Douglas Balder, escaped death after suffering life-threatening injuries including: bleeding on the brain, third-degree burns, and broken ribs.

        Illinois State Police Captain, Patrick Kimes, said, “He is still intensive care, but every day he is improving just a little bit… It’s tremedously difficult. We’re very thankful that he survived this incident.”

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        September is Pain Awareness Month

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        September is designated as National Pain Awareness Month. The purpose of Pain Awareness Month is to bring attention to the very real physical suffering of an estimated 75 million Americans and to highlight the need for research and new, innovative treatment options. Pain touches everyone at one time or another. Pain does not discriminate; however, its treatment does. For many, pain goes away on its own or after a short course of treatment. But for others, pain becomes all-consuming, affecting every aspect of their lives. Here at Horwitz Horwitz and Associates we recognize the many clients who have been injured on the job or who have been in an accident and now experience pain every day.

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        Leading Lawyers - Personal Injury and Workers Compensation Attorneys

        Leading Lawyers: 4 Partners at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates

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        We congratulate Clifford Horwitz, Mitchell Horwitz, Jay Luchsinger, and Marc Perper, four partners at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, who have been honored by their peers as Leading Lawyers, a distinction earned by fewer than five percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.

        Mitch Horwitz, who leads the workers’ compensation team was named one of the Top 10 Workers Compensation Lawyers in Illinois.

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        The Yamaha (Rollover) Rhino: UTV or DTV (Death Trap Vehicle)

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        Yamaha Rhino (Rollover) Dangers

        Most people see the popular and sporty Yamaha Rhino, a UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) with its supped up bucket seats, a steering wheel instead of handlebars and sturdy roll cage, and instantly get visions of off-road family fun.

        But for hundreds of individuals and families across the country, the Rhino is a stark reminder of corporate negligence, allegedly responsible for catastrophic rollover crush injuries, amputations and tragic deaths…all preventable.

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        Rating Insurance Carriers

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        President-elect Barack Obama inspired a nation to act as one voice; to collectively gather on the ground and in cyberspace so that the ultimate promise of a new direction became more than political rhetoric.  A new and undeniable mandate by an engaged people was born; a collective movement, which can and should be used to create change at the state level regarding the out-of-control insurance industry.

        The issues hurting Illinois consumers — who are required by law to maintain insurance coverage for personal property liability — are two fold; expensive, unregulated premiums and delay in payment tactics that await them when a claim is submitted.

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