Since summers are most commonly associated with barbeques and white pants, Chicago residents may be surprised to hear that the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is commonly referred to as the 100 deadliest days because of the number of car accidents that take place in them. These months are dangerous for all drivers, but more so for teens.
Accidents happen, even to the best drivers. Whether it's the sun in your eyes making a signal difficult to see, or one of nature's furry friends causing you to swerve off the road, accidents are a part of life that no one wants to deal with. What's even worse is that after having to deal with the inconvenience of being without transportation while waiting for auto body repairs, you are likely to face increased rates from your insurance company...often even if you were not at fault. But with a little creative maneuvering, you might be able to avoid an insurance rate hike after your accident, even if it was deemed your fault.
Each year, there are hundreds of personal injury lawsuits filed in civil court in the Chicago area. Most of our readers probably associate personal injury claims with so-called "slip and fall" cases or even car accidents. The reality is that personal injury lawsuits can be based on a wide range of incidents. After a person is injured, the legal process has to start somewhere. So, what are the first steps in a personal injury lawsuit?