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Chicago personal injury attorneyDistracted driving is a major threat to road safety and there is no bigger distraction than cell phones. Far too many people are texting behind the wheel of a vehicle and the results can be disastrous. At Livas Law Firm, a Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we represent motorists who have been injured in car accidents caused by distracted drivers.

Illinois has tried to address the dangers of distracted driving by making it illegal to text while driving. Any motorist convicted could have their license suspended and face various other penalties. Still, on any given day, countless motorists are driving with one hand on the wheel and the other hand clutching a cell phone. Below, our personal injury lawyers identify why the act of texting and driving is so risky.

Texting Delays Brake Onset

When drivers text, they have their eyes on their cell phones — not on the road. Consequently, they will not see anything that may be in their way, such as a pedestrian crossing the street or another vehicle stopped at an intersection. It is not surprising that brake onset is delayed while a person is sending or reading a text message.

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Chicago personal injury attorneysEach year, millions of Americans are bitten by dogs. Although some bites might seem minor, many of them end up causing serious complications which can cost our clients thousands of dollars. At Livas Law Group, a Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we meet with dog bite victims to discuss their legal options, but they need quality medical care first.

Below, we review some of the relevant considerations to keep in mind. To obtain compensation, please contact us as soon as possible.

Go to the Hospital if the Dog Breaks the Skin

Some wounds are merely superficial, more like scratches. However, if the wound is bleeding, then it is definitely something your doctor should look at. A dog’s sharp teeth can sever veins, damage soft tissue, and possibly kill nerves. Your doctor can fully assess the damage. Ideally, you should go to the doctor or hospital as soon as possible.

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Chicago personal injury lawyersUnder Illinois law, anyone registering a vehicle must have adequate insurance. Currently, our state requires that you have at least $25,000 in bodily injury liability insurance, up to a maximum of $50,000 per accident (when two or more people are injured). The state also requires at least $20,000 in property damage insurance. At Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we want to notify the public about the importance of uninsured motorist coverage, which is included in every car insurance policy sold in Illinois.

What UM Covers

Uninsured motorist coverage kicks in if you were struck by someone who lacks insurance. It is fault-based coverage, meaning you cannot use it if you were to blame for the collision. But if someone else is at fault, then UM coverage can pay out benefits up to the policy limit for:

  • Medical care
  • Lost income or lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

About 13 percent of all Illinois motorists lack coverage. This means that if you are hit by such a driver, you will not be able to make a claim with their insurer. UM coverage, however, can step in and provide benefits in this unfortunate event.

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In this unprecedented time, Livas Law Group remains committed to putting its clients first. As government officials recommend social distancing, limitation of in-person meetings and travel, and practicing self-quarantine, we are adjusting how we go about the practice of law. Out of an abundance of caution to our employees and to the public, the leadership of the firm decided it was best for now that all employees work from their homes. The firm was properly prepared to have its office fully operational on a remote basis.

Our technology allows the firm to be in contact with each other, to be in contact with clients, and to continue working on their behalf. Our highly skilled technology staff allows for the confidentiality of client information with all security measures in place while allowing full access for those working on your files. Although lawyers and staff are working uninterrupted remotely, our fully equipped virtual desktop permits our entire staff to handle all matters that arise, despite the courts throughout the State of Illinois and across the nation being closed for the upcoming month and possibly longer. Most courts have now extended the discovery deadlines, so we expect some delays with depositions and hearings, but many judges are hosting video teleconference hearings and adjusting to these changing times.

Our expert witnesses still are hard at work reviewing files. Attorneys are answering and issuing interrogatories, motions are being drafted, cases are being filed, and telephone calls and voicemails are being answered and returned. We are using all means of communication necessary to ensure that your case is moving forward. Should you need to contact your lawyer, please call us at 312-804-6102 or email us directly. 

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Chicago personal injury attorneysHere in the greater Chicago area, winter weather ranges from mild and wet to very cold and very icy—a pattern that can create some serious hazards getting around. Whether you are travelling on foot or by car, one of the most dangerous of these conditions is black ice. With over 150,000 car accidents happening every year due to ice on the road—over 500 of which result in at least one death—it is easy to see why black ice is something every driver should take very seriously.

What Is Black Ice?

At its most basic, black ice is a transparent coating of ice that takes on the color of whatever surface lies beneath it. Most often, the surface is a roadway, and roadways usually have a black asphalt surface, hence the name “black ice.”

Black ice generally forms when temperatures warm up, and snow and ice starts to melt, leaving the surface wet and slick. Then, it gets cold again, and the ice-melt refreezes. It can happen anywhere along a road, but it often starts on bridges and overpasses because, unlike the regular road, these structures are exposed to freezing temperatures from top and bottom.

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Chicago personal injury attorneysAs ice, snow, and slush starts to become more common throughout the city of Chicago, pedestrians are at a higher risk of suffering a personal injury. While there are steps that individuals traveling by foot can take to reduce the chances of being injured, it is impossible to control the negligent actions of others. For instance, a sliding vehicle can create a dangerous situation for everyone in the general area. At Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we are knowledgeable on the topic of pedestrian accidents and we are here to help. If you or a loved one has suffered because of the reckless actions taken by a motorist, financial compensation may be awarded.   

What Can Cause a Winter Car Accident?

In a city that accommodates millions of individuals on a daily basis, the roads and sidewalks of Chicago are often filled with people trying to get from one location to another. First and foremost, it is important for motorists and sidewalk users to understand the rules of the road. According to Chicago Ordinance 9-24-030, a pedestrian will have the right-of-way at a crosswalk or intersection that is clearly marked and has stop signs in place. Similar to a motorist, however, a pedestrian will also have to follow traffic-control signals at an intersection or crosswalk. With the prevalence of snow, ice, and black ice, the possibility of a car making contact with a pedestrian that is crossing the street can dramatically increase. Most commonly, a collision would take place due to:

  • Decreased vision of the motorist
  • Slippery road conditions, increasing the amount of time it takes to stop
  • Poor vehicle conditions, such as inadequate tire traction, broken windshield wipers, or non-functioning headlights

If the individual on foot was injured in an area that he or she was legally allowed to be, fault could be placed solely on the motorist.

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Illinois personal injury attorneysAt the Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we understand that a motor vehicle accident can happen to any person, at any given time. Regardless of your actions, a personal injury may result due to another individual’s negligence. Even if inclement weather conditions caused a car crash to happen, the driver may still be liable for the resulting damages and injuries. While factors such as rain, wind, sleet, ice, and snow may lead to a driver wanting to avoid the road, that might not always be possible. Driving in Chicago can already be a stressful scenario for many motorists; it is important to take extra precaution and remember these tips before driving in the winter: 

Prepare for Ice

Winter car accidents are commonly linked to vehicles sliding on icy roads. Throughout the city, ice can be prevalent and lead to devastating damage and injuries for both motorists and pedestrians. 

In an effort to avoid sliding on ice, motorists should:

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Chicago e-scooter injury attorneysAfter four months of testing a new form of transportation in the city of Chicago, the e-scooter experiment has reached its conclusion. Ranging from June 15th to October 15th, roughly 800,000 e-scooter trips were registered in the defined pilot area. The test program prompted a lot of positive and negative feedback from both riders and pedestrians. The determination of whether or not e-scooters are going to stay or leave is still ongoing. Many factors will be taken into consideration before a decision is reached. 

A Summary of Chicago’s E-Scooter Test Program 

Looking back to the details of Chicago’s test program, the city allowed 10 different companies to distribute a total of 2,500 e-scooters throughout the designated area. These motorized scooters can reach speeds of roughly 15 mph and were governed by the same legal statutes as any other motor vehicle. Varying from company to company, the average cost associated with an e-scooter was the initial fee of $1.00 to unlock the vehicle, accompanied by 15 cents for every minute used. E-scooters were accessible from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day and could be left at any pickup location upon the riders’ completion.  

What Will be Considered?

Whether or not e-scooters will remain in Chicago is the decision that must now be made. Key topics such as safety, popularity, and financials will all be taken into account during deliberation. To coincide with those areas of concern, the following topics may be considered by the city:

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Chicago electric scooter injury lawyer

Electric scooters, also known as e-scooters or motorized scooters, are a fun and easy mode of transportation, especially for getting around town if someone does not want to drive a car. An electric scooter is a powered stand-up scooter using a small internal motor. The scooters have surged in popularity with the implementation of ride-share companies that allow users to rent the scooters by the hour using a convenient app on their smartphones. As with any motorized device, the potential exists for something to go wrong. In some cases, e-scooter accidents can result in injuries to both riders and pedestrians. At the Livas Law Group, a Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, our experienced attorneys have extensive knowledge of seeking compensation for all types of personal injury cases, including those involving electric scooters. 

Chicago’s E-Scooter Share Pilot Program 

The city of Chicago recently launched an e-scooter share pilot program scheduled to run from June 15, 2019 through October 15, 2019. The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection issued permits for 10 scooter companies, including Bird, Lyft, and Lime, to name a few. Users can access the scooters in public areas, and they can use a smartphone to unlock and ride the devices within the designated zone.

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