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Texting Kills When Driving

We all understand that driving while drunk is dangerous and wrong.  We would never close our eyes for 5 or 6 seconds while we speed down the road.  Studies show that texting while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk.  Looking at a test message, or worse sending one, often takes 5 or 6 seconds.  We take our eyes off the road while we do it.  It is so dangerous.

Where u at?  That simple text cost one girl her life.  Watch this powerful video that shows the consequences of  texting while driving.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries because someone was texting while driving, email Dixon Law Office or call us at (888) 354-9880 today.  We help people injured and killed by the negligence of others every day.  We can make it right.

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Results Matter for 1,400,000 Reasons

On a foggy day in December, 2006, a truck driver pulled out into the intersection of a State Highway.  He knew he could not see but he pulled his rig – loaded with 80,000 pounds of corn – into the intersection anyway.  Sadly, another truck was coming over the bridge right into the intersection.  The second driver, Steven Smith, could not avoid crashing into the trailer of the truck that had pulled out in front of him.

Mr. Smith turned to Dixon Law Office for help.  The defense tried to argue that Mr. Smith could have swerved his truck over a median and into oncoming traffic.  G. Grant Dixon III, founder of the Dixon Law Office, set out to prove that his client was not at all at fault.  He and his team were able to locate an independent witness who saw the entire crash.  That witness said the driver of the semi should never have pulled into the intersection at all and that the Dixon Law Office client, Mr. Smith, acted properly.  The witness also described how seriously Mr. Smith was injured.

Indeed, the injuries were horrific.  At the time of the crash, Mr. Smith was thrown into the windshield.  He was covered in blood and his neck was shattered.  Witnesses described how he was barely conscious at the scene.  Doctors at the emergency room learned that the 33 year-old driver’s neck was shattered but the injuries were too complicated to be treated there.  The patient was forced to return home to El Paso, Texas, with a broken neck to get treatment there.

The neck injuries were so complicated, in fact, that most doctors would not even treat him.  Finally, one of the premier neurosurgeons in the world agreed to see him.  That doctor later performed surgery using a computer and was able to help treat the condition.  Even with that, Mr. Smith was left in terrible pain.

Grant then began to prepare the case for trial.  He traveled to Louisiana to meet with the surgeon.  Face-to-face, Grant was able to discuss his testimony in detail.  Grant also discussed the facts with many other witnesses, all to get ready for trial.

As the case progressed, the other side asked mediate the case.  Mediation is where the lawyers present their case to an independent lawyer who evaluates the case and makes recommendations about settlement.  After hours of mediation, the mediator recommended a settlement of $1,400,000.

At Dixon Law Office, we combine compassion and strength to respresent all our clients. Dixon Law Office founder, Grant Dixon, has been recognized for his work in the courtroom by other lawyer and his clients. For more than 20 years, he has helped people in the Greater Chicago area and across the nation with catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. He has won millions of dollars in compensation for his clients in verdicts and settlements because of his ability to take on opponents of all sizes. Find out how he and the staff at Dixon Law Office can help you and your family. For a free consultation, please call 888-354-9880 or contact us online.

Serious Injuries from Bus Crash, Serious Results

When a pedestrian is crossing the street, they assume they are safe.  “This woman was doing exactly what she was supposed to do.  She was crossing with the light and in the crosswalk.  The bus driver just blew it,” said G. Grant Dixon III of the Dixon Law Office.   The bus driver made a left turn into the crosswalk, striking the woman. Witnesses described how the woman went flying and laid unconscious on the ground.

Sadly, the woman was very seriously injured.   She was hospitalized for days, missed three months of work, endured more than two years of therapy, and left with permanent pain.  Her entire life became ruled by pain.

After retaining Dixon Law Office, the staff immediately began its work of showing how terrible the conduct of the driver was.  Investigation revealed the driver was fired after the incident and had a number of prior problems with her employer.

After a lawsuit was filed, the work continued.  “We filed motions claiming that the lawyers and witnesses for the bus company  had hidden evidence four times in this case alone,“ Grant said.  They continued to fight the case all the way through trial.

The trial result was impressive.  Grant and his team were able to secure a verdict of more than double the last offer.  Grant continued, “all my client wanted was to be sure her medical bills were paid and some compensation for her life of pain.  I am proud that we were able to do that even though the bus company fought us every step of the way.”  She and her husband were so happy with the representation, they recorded a video for Dixon Law Office, available here.

Dixon Law Office staff has tremendous experience in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases involving bus accidents.  We understand the severe injuries caused by these accidents, and we know how to handle the insurance companies. Please call our office at 708-354-9880 to schedule an appointment or contact us online. Your consultation is free.

Thankful

We at Dixon Law Office are a thankful bunch.

We are thankful to live without pain.  Every client comes to us with a story.  That story always ends the same: pain.  Inevitably, someone did something seriously wrong.  That wrong caused our client to get hurt.  It may have been the driver that ran a red light and hit the bicyclist.   It may have been the truck driver who was speeding.  It may have been the doctor who did not run that test.  It may have been that employer who removed the guard from the machine.  In each case, the victim ends up hurt or killed.  For those that survived, that hurt leads to a life lived in pain.  We are thankful to live without pain.

We are thankful to work where we do.  Every day, we have the privilege of helping clients who work in very difficult conditions.  Many of our worker’s compensation clients are forced to work in dangerous places.  The construction site is not safe because the boss will not supply safety equipment.  The manufacturing plant is full of tripping hazards.  The office worker is forced to work in a chair that is painful to her back.  They all have bosses that illegally threaten them if they refuse or complain.  Many work on but end up with serious injuries.   We are thankful to work where we do.

We are thankful for today.  For all of our clients, the day they were hurt just another day.  They neither expected nor believed that the day would end any differently than the day before.  But it didn’t.  For them, the day ended very differently.  For them, that day ended like no other.  A catastrophic injury.  Amputation.  Pain.  For some, death.  We are thankful for today.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed because of the fault of someone else, call us at Dixon Law Office.  We have the training and experience to get you the compensation you deserve.  Our results prove it.  Call us today at 708-354-9880 or contact us by email.  We are here to help.

Truck Crashes – Trucks Must Follow the Same Rules of the Road

Some of the most horrific and tragic crashes involve large trucks and semis.  Many of these trucks weigh more than 80,000 and cause tremendous damage when involved in a crash.

Well-established regulations require trucks to follow the same rules of the road as other drivers.  Section 392.2 of chapter 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations is part of the Federal regulations that govern trucks.  It says:

Every commercial motor vehicle must be operated in accordance with the laws, ordinances, and regulations of the jurisdiction in which it is being operated. However, if a regulation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration imposes a higher standard of care than that law, ordinance or regulation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulation must be complied with.

That means that truckers have to follow the driving rules of the State in which they are driver OR the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules, whichever is HIGHER.  According to G. Grant Dixon III, founder of the Dixon Law Office, “these strict rules are there to make sure trucks are operated safely and when they are not, the driver and his employer are held responsible.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a trucking accident, call us at Dixon Law Office.  Our expert staff has years of experience handling all kinds of trucking crash cases.  We will hold the company responsible and fight to recover the compensation you need to pay medical bills and to cover lost income and other expenses.  For a free consultation, please call 708-354-9880 or contact us online.

Powerless

This past Monday, a strong thunderstorm rolled through the Chicago area leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.  Hundreds-of-thousands of people were left without electricity, telephone, or cable television.  We at Dixon Law Office were not spared from the damage.  Electricity and our internet connection were severed for two days.  Because of advanced planning, we had a back-up generator that kept the phones and computers running.  Still, the storm reminded us of how much of a disruption to our normal lives a storm like this can cause.

During that time, we were reminded that what brings clients to our door is a storm of a different type.  For nearly all our clients, they did nothing to cause the trauma in their life.  They were victims of another person’s poor choices.  Our clients walked out their doors that day thinking it was just another day.  For most of them, that day ended with pain and trauma.  Sadly for many others, they never came home again.

When speaking with our clients, they often express how they feel powerless.  If they had the power to stop the pain, they would.  If they had the power to bring back that amputated limb, they would.  If they had the power to turn back time, they would.  If they had power to alter the course of that car or change that doctor’s actions, they would.  But they are powerless.

One of the greatest privileges we have at Dixon Law Office is to help those powerless people.  While we cannot stop the pain, regrow a limb, turn back time, or change that doctor’s actions, we can hold those who do wrong accountable.  The system is not perfect.  But when we can look at our client and say we have held the wrongdoer responsible, we know we have given power to the powerless.

If you or a loved one has been left powerless because of the wrongs of another, call us at Dixon Law Office.  We can help give power back to the powerless.

Dangerous Vehilces – Small Electric Cars

They are popular in retirement communities.  You may have seen them cruising around the treets of your neighborhood.  The look like electric golf carts on steroids.  The ave headlights, seatbelts, and seats but not much else.  They are cute and fun looking with top speeds up to 30 mph.  And they are very dangerous.  “Most people think they are safe simply because they are on the road,” said G. Grant Dixon III, founder of Dixon Law Office.  “The Federal government does not allow them on Federal roads but some States allow them on State roads,” he said.  The reason they are so dangerous is simple, “if you are in one of these in a crash, chances are you will be very seriously hurt or die,” Dixon said.  Federal safety regulations don’t apply to the cars because they are not permitted on Federal roads.  A video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows how dangerous these vehicles really are http://youtu.be/roLcNwRi1Sk.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an electric vehicle crash, call us at Dixon Law Office.  We are here to help.

June is National Safe Driving Month

June is National Safe Driving Month. At Dixon Law Office, we have represented hundreds of clients who have been injured in automobile accidents.  In 2009 alone, nearly 5,500 people died from accidents caused by distracted driving.  Every single one of these deaths is preventable.  If you pledge to not drive distracted – keep your eyes on the road and use Bluetooth devices – Motorola will give you 50% off any device of theirs that you buy. Great program!

Fire Chief Charged In Bicycle Hit and Run

A man driving a pick-up truck at 60 miles per hour is accused of swerving into a bike lane and striking a cyclist. The pick-up driver continued on, leaving the bicyclist on the shoulder of the road with major head trauma. Witnesses who saw the impact followed him until he reached his home. Once there, witnesses called local police. The driver, a local fire captain, is now facing felony charges in connection with the hit-and-run. He is also accused of driving while under the influence. For more on the story, see this link:  http://lat.ms/hhA16a

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, call Dixon Law Office at 888-354-9880. We are here to help you.

Dixon Law Office adds DuPage County Office

Dixon Law Office has recently added a second office, expanding into DuPage County, Illinois.  Grant Dixon, founder of the firm, said, “It was important to us that we have an office that is easy for our clients in DuPage County to get to.”  The new location is at 3 Golf Avenue in downtown Clarendon Hills.  It is conveniently located near all the train station.  The new office serves all communities in the area including Hinsdale, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Willowbrook, Wheaton, and Lombard just to name a few.  Grant continued, “Helping clients in DuPage County and around the country is our mission.  We hope this new location will let us be of service to even more people.” 

If you or a loved one is in need of an aggressive and tough lawyer to handle your case, call Dixon Law Office at 888-354-9880 or stop by one of our offices.  We are here to help.

Consumer Safety Website Launches

The US Consumer Products Safety Commission has launched a new website to help consumers. The website is called www.SaferProducts.gov.  With the new website, “consumers will have open access to product safety information that they have never seen before and the information will empower them to make safer choices,” said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum, chairperson of the CPSC. On the Report tab, consumers report any problems they have with a product they already own. On the Search tab, consumers can check products to see if there are any reported problems or recalls.  “This website makes more of the amazing data the CPSC has available to the public and hopefully will encourage manufacturers to report unsafe products more quickly,” Dixon Law Office founder Grant Dixon said. 

The website can be found at www.SaferProducts.gov

Wrong-way Driver Causes Havoc on Roadway

An 88 year-old man entered the Interstate 65 in Indiana. One problem: he was going the wrong way! Drivers swerved to avoid the car coming at them. Many drove off the road to avoid a collisions. See the whole story here: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/02/08/elderly-wrong-way-driver-wreaks-havoc-on-i-65/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cbschicago-news+%28CBS+Chicago%27s+Most+Popular+News+Stories%29&utm_content=Twitter

Jury Duty

As a very young lawyer, I was on trial before a very seasoned trial judge.  The judge was late in his career and nearing retirement.  He ran his courtroom with military precision and took no guff from anyone. You could tell, however, that he loved his job.

After some preliminary lawyer stuff, the jury was marched into the courtroom for jury selection.  The sheriff ordered us all to stand, out of respect, for the potential jurors.  The grey-haired judge then gave a little speech.  He said that our Country is unique from every other country in the world because it allows ordinary citizens to decide cases.  He said citizen juries were so important to our Founding Fathers, they put it in the Constitution so that the right of having citizens listen to cases would not be taken away.  That system has served this Country ever since.

The judge then said something I had never considered.  He said our Country asks us for our service in only two situations: war and jury duty.  Both require you to take an oath.  Both require your time.  Both require work.  And, both can involve life and death.  He asked that jury to take the work of jury service as seriously as we do service in times of war.

Recently, I was called for jury duty.  Like most people, I did not like the idea of having to spend a day at jury duty.  I did not have time for it.  I had other things to do, more important things to do.  Besides, who would put a trial lawyer on their jury?

Dutifully, I arrived at the courthouse on the given day at the time.  I walked the long hallways to the jury room.  When I arrived, I found hundreds of people.  Some were old, some young, some moms, some dads, some single people.  People from about every walk of life and in every color and shape.  It was a wide cross-section of Chicagoland.

We began the day by watching a short video about our jury service.  It explained the process of a jury trial in civil and criminal cases.  It explained who the parties were and their roles in the courtroom.  The video explained who was in charge and who could say what.  Other than being somewhat old, the video explained the process well.

As I listened to that video, I was reminded of my work.  As a trial lawyer, I have the privilege of spending a fair amount of time in front of juries.  I am constantly amazed at how 12 people work so hard.  They always pay attention.  They always look at the evidence very carefully.  They always take their job very seriously. In nearly every case, they arrive at the right decision.  All that work for about $17 a day.

The words of that old judge ring in my ear nearly every time I stand front of a new jury for the first time.  I feel honored that these people have taken their duty to their Country seriously.  I feel honored to be a part of a process that allows ordinary people to do these extraordinary things.  I enjoy helping my clients navigate through the process.  I love it when those juries give my clients the justice they deserve, the justice that was delayed for years.

Back in the jury room, we were getting packed up for lunch when jury panel 3 was called.  That was me.  Along with about 30 other people, we walked down to the courtroom.  I sat in the seats and listened as the judge’s clerk called out names for people to be questioned.  I was not picked to serve on the jury and, I must admit, I was a little disappointed.  I wanted to hear the evidence and make a decision with 11 other people.  Still, I know that just by being there, I served my Country in a small way.  Along with hundreds of others that day, I did my duty.

 If you have any questions about jury service, call us at Dixon Law Office, we are here to help.

Safest Cities, Statistics Don’t Tell the Whole Story

When one thinks of the most crime-riddled city in the US, few would put St. Louis, Missouri even close to the top.  Still, the Associated Press is reporting that St. Louis is the most dangerous city in the US.  The report is based on a study issued by the FBI on crime in the US.  While true, St. Louis has the most reports of crime in the US, the FBI tells people accessing the study, “The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment.”  Seems like the FBI does not even think we should be using the stats for that purpose.  Interesting that the FBI shows so many reports in St. Louis but not much else can be gleened from it other than that.  You can read the AP story at this link, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hjbTudvgLq379jbYawS7w_WOFUjA?docId=22c9981f4ca34807ba7ac8dc07726067

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