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        Maintaining Safe Speeds – Truck Drivers and Motorists

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        Truck accidents often end in devastating injuries that can cause long-term disabilities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding causes 26 percent of truck wrecks, but these crashes can result from distracted driving, inclement weather and a range of other factors. If you were injured in a collision with a semi-truck, then you should immediately contact an injury lawyer with experience in prosecuting trucking accidents.

        Even the safest motorists practicing defensive driving cannot control the actions of other drivers. All too often, commercial truckers drive more hours than allowed by law, or they load their trailers to weights above the maximum capacity. In these circumstances, accident victims may be able to file a lawsuit for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

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        Tips for Driving in Heavy Traffic from a Chicago Accident Attorney

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        5 Tips for Driving in Heavy Traffic from a Chicago Accident Attorney

        Traffic is not only a frustration for people with busy schedules, but it is also a dangerous hazard for all road users. When traffic slows unexpectedly, there is an increased risk of rear-end accidents, and frayed tempers can lead to poor decisions.

        If you regularly find yourself in traffic as many of us do in Chicago, there are several tips that you can use to reduce the risk of a collision.

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        Common Construction Site Accidents

        150 150 Clifford Horwitz

        Construction sites are rife with potentially fatal hazards. This is one reason why OSHA and other governing bodies are so strict when it comes to enforcing jobsite safety regulations – reducing construction site accidents is of great importance.

        Unfortunately, many construction zone managers and third-party companies who work onsite overlook workplace safety laws. This often leads to serious and potentially deadly injuries to workers and innocent bystanders.

        The construction industry is responsible for 20 percent of all on-the-job fatalities in the United States. In other cases, injuries lead to permanent disabilities and prevent victims from returning to work.

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        Tips for Responding to an Automobile Accident

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        Auto accidents can happen suddenly – sometimes without even the slightest warning. People with good driving records may feel safe, but nobody can control the actions of negligent motorists. In addition to physical pain, victims often face legal hurdles when trying to recover compensation for health-care bills, lost wages and other damages.

        Practicing safe driving etiquette is a good way to reduce your chances of getting into an accident. For example, it is best to limit driving during rush hour, weekend nights and holidays due to heavy traffic and the higher potential for drunk-driving collisions. If you are involved in an accident, then it is critical that you know how to respond in a way that protects your interests.

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        How Much is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

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        Question:

        How much is my personal injury case worth?

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        I was Rear-Ended. The Man Who Hit Me Accepted Liability…

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        Question:

        Aug. 2000 I was rear-ended. The man who hit me accepted liablilty. State Farm paid to fix my car (very little damage). I suffered immediate pain in my neck and down my left arm. I have had surgery, Physical Therapy and am currently on a lot of medicine for pain and stiffness. I have missed months of work and am not currently working. It is painful for me to sit and type at a computer for long periods of time. I suffer from the time I wake until I go to bed.

        Geico (the man’s insurance) offered me what coverage the man had ($20,000). He purchased coverage in a state with $20,000 limits. My medical bills are way over that amount. The Navy has a medical lien on my case (had coverage under my ex-husband). State Farm had denied me benefits under my underinsured motorist coverage claiming I had pre-exisiting condition (degenerative disc disease). I have $100,000 coverage.

        The doctors I have seen all say the accident didn’t cause the condition but did aggravate it. My attorney feels that it is best to settle because of jury attitudes in Va. Beach. I didn’t know I had any condition until I was rear-ended. There is nothing in any medical files that show I ever went to the doctor for it. I did however note that I have had about four occasions in my life that I had a stiff neck sometimes when I had a cold.

        State Farm sent the nastiest lawyer they could find to question me at the deposition. They will not pay. If I take Geico’s offer of $20,000, that’s the end of the case. I can’t go after State Farm separately. I have been insured with them off and on since about 1989. I have had everything from tenants to Life. I am appalled that State Farm can take your money and then not protect you when you have a legitimate claim.

        I have two minor children that I can’t play with anymore. I can’t clean my home, lift certain object. I am about to look into bankruptcy.

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        I was Rear-Ended and Now Have Severe Pain

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        Question:

        I was sitting at a stop light in rush hour traffic. The driver of the car behind me nodded off and ran into the back end of my car. Hit me hard enough to push me into the van in front of me while I had my foot on the brake.

        Now I have severe lower back, hip and leg pain.

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        State Farm Took My Money For Years Then Abandoned Me

        150 150 Clifford Horwitz

        Question:

        Aug. 2000 I was rear-ended. The man who hit me accepted liability. State Farm paid to fix my car (very little damage). I suffered immediate pain in my neck and down my left arm. I have had surgery, Physical Therapy and am currently on a lot of medicine for pain and stiffness. I have missed months of work and am not currently working. It is painful for me to sit and type at a computer for long periods of time. I suffer from the time I wake until I go to bed.

        Geico (the man’s insurance) offered me what coverage the man had ($20,000). He purchased coverage in a state with $20,000 limits. My medical bills are way over that amount. The Navy has a medical lien on my case (had coverage under my ex-husband). State Farm had denied me benefits under my underinsured motorist coverage claiming I had pre-exisiting condition (degenerative disc disease). I have $100,000 coverage.

        The doctors I have seen all say the accident didn’t cause the condition but did aggravate it. My attorney feels that it is best to settle because of jury attitudes in Va. Beach. I didn’t know I had any condition until I was rear-ended. There is nothing in any medical files that show I ever went to the doctor for it. I did however note that I have had about four occasions in my life that I had a stiff neck sometimes when I had a cold.

        State Farm sent the nastiest lawyer they could find to question me at the deposition. They will not pay. If I take Geico’s offer of $20,000, that’s the end of the case. I can’t go after State Farm separately. I have been insured with them off and on since about 1989. I have had everything from tenants to Life. I am appalled that State Farm can take your money and then not protect you when you have a legitimate claim

        I have two minor children that I can’t play with anymore. I can’t clean my home, lift certain object. I am about to look into bankruptcy.

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        What Would a Good Attorney Do in My Case?

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        Question:

        About 8 months ago I was stopped behind two vehicles waiting to turn left and was hit from behind at aprox. 45 mph. That propelled my car into the car in front of me and so on. My car was totalled. I have had about $7000 in medical bills and am scheduled to see a neurologist to determine if my current symptoms are related to the accident.

        The girl who hit me had no insurance at all and had been driving without insurance for the previous 7 months. She got two citations – no insurance and driving too close. They issued a warrant for her because she failed to appear in municipal court twice. She was ordered to make restitution for my car up to $500 and pay her fines. She has never paid a dime to me.
        I have an attorney who is planning to sue my insurance for med and pain and suffering. I only had liability 50/100. The car she was driving when she hit me was registerd to her mother who said she sold it to her daughter. They do live together. Her car is repaired. I have no car I can drive as of yet. I feel very frustrated and don’t know if this is ever going to go anywhere.

        Don’t see any sense in taking her to Small Claims Court if she doesn’t bother to show up in municipal court and the police just tell me picking her up is not a priority. Don’t know if my attorney is good or not. How do I know at this stage?

        I am on disability for lupus and sciatica but my injuries are to my neck, very top of my back (t-1 and up) and pressure with constant headaches in my head, vertigo and when I was made to close my eyes and touch my nose, I nearly fell over. They did tests for inner ear but they were negative. That’s why I am to see the neurologist.

        I was taken by ambulance, treated and released and was back in the emer. room each of the following 2 days. I have heard stories that I will only end up getting about $10,000. Does this sound accurate for what I have been through and am still going through?

        The hospital said the CT scan on my neck and head was neg too. But I still hurt everyday – headaches, dizzy, depressed, etc. and still see my totalled car out my kitchen window everyday and know I still dont have a car I can drive. Do the stories of a 10-$15,000 settlement sound right?

        I was told the insurance companies usually settle for 2 1/2 – 6 times the med bills. Is this true? And what makes them settle for the low or higher end if it? I just feel like my car loss and pain and suffering mean nothing and would really like to know how I can be sure my attorney is doing everything possible to assure I get something out of all this. The girl who hit me pled no contest in court. That should stand for something.

        I dont want revenge. I just want what’s fair and I’m not even sure what that is. What would a “good” attorney do with my case?

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        Elements of a Motorcycle Accident and Injury Claim

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        The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 4,502 motorcyclists died in 2010 alone. Motorcycles offer their riders almost no protection from reckless drivers. As a result, these tragic accidents often involve serious injuries and fatalities.

        Many of these crashes happen as a result of another driver’s negligence. This may be the case if a driver causes an accident while using a cellphone, speeding, eating or not paying attention to the road and road signs.

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