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Types of Auto Accidents and How to Prevent Them

Automobile accidents are a daily occurrence throughout the nation and particularly in the Chicago area. Even the most cautious drivers can be involved in a collision, and in truth, many motorists are not as careful as they should be. Each year, around 6,000,000 car accidents occur in the United States leading to approximately 3,000,000 injuries. Each day sees over 90 people die as a result of these accidents. Chances are high that you will be involved in a crash at some point in your life. As someone who travels the country's roads, it's important that you understand the types of accidents you could be involved in and how to...

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What Does a Commercial Liability Policy Protect Against?

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Whether you are the owner, manager or customer of a business, you should want the company to be protected by a commercial liability policy. These insurance policies protect businesses against claims for personal injury and property damage caused by a company's operations or products. Bodily injuries that take place on the premises are also covered. Commercial liability policies are not all the same and don't cover every single risk that companies face, but they do protect them from a number of claims and lawsuits and the financial devastation they might bring. If you are ever harmed while at a business or because you used their products, your lawyer can help you...

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Uninsured Motorist/Underinsured Motorist Claims

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While all Illinois drivers are required to carry liability insurance (coverage meant to pay damages to other drivers) a number do not. Research shows that around 13.7% of Illinois drivers are uninsured, which is slightly higher than the national average. Of course, many more are underinsured, which means their coverage may not be enough to cover your medical costs and property damage if they collide with you. In Illinois, like many other states, motorists are required to carry a minimum level of uninsured motorist insurance coverage. This law offers you some protection when you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, although the minimum limits are only $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. Accidents...

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Common Types of Semi-Truck Accidents

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Like many drivers, you may be nervous when you have to drive near big trucks. Sharing the road with these giant vehicles is necessary, however. The trucking industry is essential to commerce in the United States. In fact, trucks move approximately 71.5% of the nation's freight by weight. By necessity, these vehicles are often huge, hitting a maximum weight of 80,000 lbs. And although truck drivers are generally quite safe drivers, the size of their trucks and trailers often makes them deadly in collisions. When you share the road with big trucks, you have to drive defensively and be aware of the common types of semi-truck accidents. Trucking Accidents Big trucks present a number of...

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Do I Have a Case? When to File an Automobile Accident Lawsuit

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Car accidents are common in any state, and Illinois offers unique challenges to drivers due to crumbling infrastructure and Chicago area traffic congestion. IDOT reports that in 2016, 324,473 motor vehicle crashes occurred in Illinois, causing 66,703 injuries and 1,000 fatalities. If you are a driver in Illinois, you need to drive defensively at all times. Even then, you may well be involved in an accident. If you become the victim of a crash, you will benefit from the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney. Consulting with an experienced lawyer will help you decide what action to take when you've been in an accident. Your legal advocate will advise you if...

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When is a Lawsuit Against a Commercial Construction Policy Needed?

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No one wants to file a lawsuit, but doing so is sometimes necessary, particularly when you have paid for a poorly constructed building. Construction flaws are expensive to repair and can cost a company significant business. If the problem building is a new home, the construction issues can make life difficult, leave you cash poor and even cause you to temporarily relocate. If the contractor won't willingly fix these problems, you may need to file a lawsuit to get financial relief. If your contractor is properly insured, the lawsuit will actually be against their insurance company. In many circumstances, pursuing this litigation is your best course of action to...

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Slip and Fall Construction Injuries: What You Need to Know

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Hundreds of thousands of people are injured by slip/trip and fall accidents in the workplace each year, and hundreds die from them. These accidents harm both the worker and the employer with worker's compensation and medical expenses costing around 70 billion annually. That number doesn't cover the mental and emotional distress that many victims feel for years after they are hurt. Most industries suffer from these accidents, but construction has more than its share of workers injured in this way. In fact, falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. In 2017 alone, there were 366 fatal falls and thousands of falls leading to injury. Slip/trip and falls are a unique challenge...

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Driver Negligence in Trucking Accidents

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Truck drivers are vital to the economy of this nation. Most of these drivers are highly skilled and consistently drive in a safe manner. In fact, most truck accidents are caused by the other motorist. However, some truck drivers do engage in dangerous driving behaviors on a regular basis, putting other motorists in grave danger. When you are involved in an accident that involves a large truck, you are likely to be injured, sometimes severely. The size and power of these vehicles make them deadly in the hands of a reckless driver. When you are on the road, you need to be aware of these behaviors and take steps...

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How the Statute of Limitations in Illinois Affects Your Legal Options

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If you are a fan of legal dramas, you've heard the term "statute of limitations," referring to the period of time you have to take legal action after a crime or an accident. It's possible for the offender to escape their legal responsibility simply because they are not charged promptly. In many instances, the clock truly is ticking when it comes to your opportunity for justice. Of course, no one should lose out due to missing a legal deadline. The law in these matters is not simple, especially because the statute of limitations varies a great deal. These time limits depend on your particular legal issue and the state...

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The Dangers of Driving in Chicago

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Chicago offers so many wonderful things to do for both residents and tourists. Baseball season is about to open for the Cubs and White Sox; the Chicago music scene is always going strong and the shopping experience rivals any other city in the US. Sadly, the traffic issues rival those in other cities as well. "I can't wait to drive in Chicago" was said by no one, ever. In a recent poll ranking US cities from best to worst in drivability, Chicago ranked 91st, just one click above Los Angeles. It was 99th in traffic and infrastructure and 41st in safety....

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