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Lake County personal injuryWhile it is prudent to have insurance at all times to protect yourself and others when you are out driving in the event of a motor vehicle accident, some people end up driving vehicles that are uninsured or do not have adequate insurance. One of the worries or concerns immediately following an accident is who will be responsible for the damages caused by the accident or which insurance policy will cover the damage or loss suffered, including personal injuries.

Protecting Against Uninsured Motorists

Under Illinois law, all insurers are required to offer uninsured motorist insurance as well as coverage for underinsured drivers. This means your own insurance policy typically provides protection against damages or injuries caused by a negligent uninsured or underinsured driver.

If you are involved in an accident caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver, and that driver is at fault, you have rights to seek compensation for any damages, injuries or loss suffered from the accident. You exercise these rights by filing a claim, which can be time-consuming and demanding as to specific requirements and complying with various timelines, if the claim is to be successfully considered.

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snowmobiling, Waukegan personal injury attorney, snowmobiling accidents, snowmobiling injuries, dangerous winter activitiesHere in the greater Chicago area we are blessed to be in close proximity to an abundance of outdoor recreation areas. With access to the Shawnee National Forest, the Pere Marquette State Park, and other incredible gateways to nature, local residents have no shortage of options for recreation. Even in the dead of winter, we can still get out and experience the natural environment.

Today many Chicagoans choose to enjoy nature through the use of snowmobiles. While snowmobiles can be exceptionally fun for outdoor adventure seekers, they do come with risk of severe injury.

Risk of Injury

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Illinois accident attorney, Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer,You have a couple of options if an insurance company told you that you were partially at fault in a car accident. Fault is important because it is the first consideration in getting a victim compensated for injuries. If you are found to be at fault or mostly at fault, you will not be able to recover.

Option 1: Challenge the Fault Determination

If you got into a car accident with another person, the other driver’s insurer is interested in finding you to be at fault. If you are at fault or partially at fault, the insurance company will pay out less money to you.

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Illinois accident attorney, Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer,In some cases, deciding fault in a car accident is an open and shut case. If you were rear-ended or had the right of way, fault is easy to assign.

But what if fault is not so clear cut? In these cases, a car accident lawyer can help and can make your best case.

How Fault Is Determined Under the Law

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,When a loved one is involved in a car accident, the entire family can be dramatically affected. Losing a family member is a tragic and traumatic event that can take years to recover from, both emotionally and financially. In some cases, multiple family members are involved in the accident, and in some worst-case scenarios, one family member may have even caused the accident and injury to another. One such case occurred in Niles early this year and has led to a lawsuit between family members.

Grandson Accidentally Strikes Grandmother with Car

In March 2016, a 79-year-old woman asked her 12-year-old grandson to help her place her 2005 Chrysler minivan in gear in a parking lot. The boy did so, and while the woman was walking up to open the driver’s side door, he accidentally shifted the car into reverse while his foot was on the gas pedal instead of the brake. The car struck the woman, and she was pronounced dead at the hospital later that day. The woman’s husband filed a wrongful death suit seeking an unspecified amount of money in Cook County Circuit Court accusing his grandson of negligence, claiming that the boy carelessly failed to keep the vehicle under control, failed to give warning, and failed to yield the right of way.

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