California is an “at fault” state for car accidents. In other words, you must prove another driver caused the crash to recover money from that driver’s insurance company for your injuries and damages. Therefore, California law states that all drivers carry a minimum amount of automobile liability insurance. The purpose of this insurance is to protect other people in the event you cause an accident. The minimum coverage a driver must have according to California Insurance Code §11580.1b is: Damage to property — $5,000 Injury or death to one person in the accident — $15,000 Injury or death of two or more people in the accident — $30,000 Whether liability insurance covers car rental charges after an accident depends on whether you are the driver who caused the crash or an accident victim.
When people think about commercial truck or semi-truck accidents, they usually think about multi-vehicle accidents on the interstate. However, accidents involving large trucks can happen anywhere, including on Stockton’s city streets. When an 18-wheeler strikes a pedestrian, the injuries are typically life-threatening. According to the NHTSA, 11 percent of the fatalities in large truck accidents in 2016 were nonoccupants (i.e. pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.). From 2015 to 2016, there was a 13 percent increase in the number of nonoccupants killed in large truck accidents. The number of nonoccupants killed in 2016 was the highest number of nonoccupant truck accident deaths in the past ten years.
When you are injured in an accident, you need to seek medical attention. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need surgery, physical therapy, and follow-up medical care. The cost of medical care in an accident case can quickly add into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Some accident victims have health insurance or Med Pay insurance that can help pay some of the bills. However, many accident victims have thousands of dollars in outstanding medical bills. Because the insurance company for the other driver will not pay any medical costs until the case is settled, the bills could be outstanding for months or years while your case is being negotiated or litigated.
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Could you place a value on your life or the life of a loved one? In a wrongful death claim, which is what a plaintiff is asking a jury to do. The family of the deceased person is asking a jury to award an amount to compensate the family for the loss of their loved one. In other words, to place a value on a person’s life.
St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17 each year. In 2018, it falls on a Saturday. The holiday is dangerous for drivers each year because of the number of people who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with alcohol and then get behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, this year, with the holiday falling on the weekend, the number of DUI accidents could increase because many people will have the holiday and the day after off, so they will not worry about getting up for work after a night of merriment.
An update to a tragic story in Stockton last month sheds light on what happened with a Good Smartian tried to help another driver on Interstate 5 near Weber Avenue. A car was stalled in the far left lane of Interstate 5. Two people pulled over to help the driver of the stalled vehicle. After several minutes, another vehicle approached the scene but did not stop before striking the stalled vehicle. The stalled vehicle and the other vehicle hit both Good Samaritans who were standing near the center median. One victim sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital for medical care. Authorities believed the other woman had been thrown into the water. The next day, boats from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s office were used to search the Stockton Channel where the woman was believed to have been through over the freeway bridge railing. Her body was discovered Monday.
Record.net accurately described the beginning of March as “roaring in” with high winds and rain. Residents in Stockton and throughout San Joaquin County faced up to two inches of rain in just four days. Although the weather was not expected to cause flooding concerns in San Joaquin County, it did cause several other problems for residents. Strong wind caused power outages for about 12,000 customers throughout the country, according to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The wind took out lines in Lockeford, Acampo, and Clements. In addition to causing power outages, the downed lines posed dangerous conditions. An electric pole in Stockton along Ralph Avenue snapped, which resulted in a street closure until the area could be cleared and repairs completed. A tree also fell onto Highway 120 in Manteca near the Union Road off-ramp causing traffic delays.
If you have been injured in a personal injury accident, you need to contact an attorney to discuss filing an accident claim. When another person causes you to be injured through a negligent, careless, or reckless act, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Our Fresno personal injury lawyers can help you file your accident claim to seek reimbursement for your financial losses and compensation for your pain and suffering. However, there are some things you can do to help us, especially regarding your medical treatment and records. Below are five things you need to do regarding your medical care after an accident to help strengthen your chances of recovering compensation for your claim.
When you are injured in a car accident, you can suffer a variety of injuries. Some injuries are easy to notice, such as broken bones, lacerations, and burns. However, some injuries may not be as easily known immediately after a car accident, including concussions and whiplash. An accident victim can walk away from the crash feeling “fine” when he or she is really injured. It could just take several hours or days for the person to discover the injury. Once the shock of the accident wears off, the symptoms become more noticeable.
ABC30 News reported last week that a driver had to be rescued from his vehicle in Fresno County. Apparently, the driver lost control of his vehicle and plunged into a canal early Thursday morning between Westlawn Avenue and Belmont Avenue. The fire department and the Fresno County Sheriff’s office responded to the accident scene. The vehicle landed in approximately two feet of water. Emergency responders were able to get the door open to rescue the driver. The driver was talking when he was pulled from the vehicle by rescuers, but the extent of the driver’s injuries was not known. The accident is under investigation to determine why the driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the canal.