The days and weeks after an accident can be very confusing and frustrating. As you work to heal physically and emotionally from injuries sustained in the accident, you must also deal with the financial aspects of an injury claim. In many cases, the insurance adjuster for the other party may contact you before you have the chance to consult with an attorney. It is important that you are very careful in how you deal with the adjuster because what you do and say can have a significant impact on your injury claim. We urge you to call our office at 1-800-954-4444 to speak with a Fresno accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident. If possible, you should consult with an attorney before you talk to the insurance adjuster.
Fireworks loudly popping, colorful lights in the air and savory food on the grill are all signs of a fabulous Fourth of July celebration. Families typically dress in patriotic attire or colors of red, white, and blue. America’s Independence is valued by many citizens and something to celebrate. For that reason, the Fourth of July holiday weekend is one of the most traveled holidays according to AAA. More than 41.9 million Americans will travel over the Fourth of July holiday. Many travelers use this time as a vacation getaway for the family.
The role of a witness in an accident claim can be very important, especially in cases where fault is being challenged. If possible, ask for the names and contact information of any witnesses at the accident scene. You should never rely on law enforcement officers to do this for you. It is always in your best interest to obtain this information if at all possible before you are transported to the emergency room or before you leave the accident scene. Remember, some witnesses may only remain at the scene for a few minutes. Once they see that no one is seriously injured and other people are there to help, witnesses may leave. Try to speak to them or having someone ask for their contact information before they can leave. Our Fresno injury attorneys will search for witnesses to your accident, but it helps if you have the information. Call 1-800-954-4444 to schedule a free consultation and no-obligation case evaluation with an experienced attorney.
The Northern California Record reports that Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club filed a lawsuit in the Fresno County Superior Court last month against several defendants. The company is seeking almost $32,000 plus interest from the defendants for money it paid arising from a collision. It appears that one of the defendants may have caused the collision with the company’s customers.
Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner. Because of the holiday weekend, our roads will have much more traffic as people come to visit our lovely Central California Valley area. As you and your family venture out to enjoy the many activities planned for the Memorial Day weekend, we urge you to use extra caution as you travel to and from your destinations.
One of the most common types of car accidents is rear-end crashes. There are several causes for rear-end crashes including distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, and tailgating. In some cases, a driver may not believe he is in the wrong for a rear-end crash because the driver in front of him stopped suddenly for no apparent reason. However, the law believes otherwise. If you rear end the vehicle in front of you, you are usually presumed to be at fault because you were following too closely or tailgating. The theory is that if you allowed enough distance between you and the vehicle in front of you that you would have ample time to stop even if the driver stopped without warning. Unfortunately, tailgating is a common occurrence and a bad driving habit that many drivers share. However, you can avoid a tailgating accident by keeping these tips in mind the next time you are following another vehicle.
Simply because you have a pre-existing condition does not mean that you can recover compensation in a car accident claim. However, you need to disclose the condition to your Fresno car accident attorney immediately for several very important reasons.
As a Fresno and Los Angeles area crash attorneys, we see many reasons for car crashes. One reason for car accidents that many people never consider is a work zone. Because the state, county, and city must maintain our roads, there seems to be some type of road construction or maintenance occurring all year throughout Los Angeles County and Fresno County. Work zones create hazards and dangers for workers, drivers, and others using the road. To protect workers and allow for equipment, traffic must be rerouted, lanes are narrowed, or sections of road may be blocked off. Unfortunately, these are the very things that can create a hazard if the work zone is not properly maintained in a reasonable and safe manner that reduces the risk of a work zone accident.
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. Examples of accidents that often give rise to an accident claim are slip and fall accidents, motorcycle crashes, car accidents, commercial truck crashes, and pedestrian accidents. Any accident that results in an injury or death can result in compensation for the accident victim. To receive compensation, the accident victim must prove that the other party caused the accident and the victim suffered injuries and damages because of the accident. The types of damages and amounts of compensation vary based on the facts and circumstances of each claim. However, at least one thing is the same in all accident claims — time for filing a claim is limited.
Arbitration is becoming a popular method of resolving contested legal matters outside of the courtroom. However, arbitration is not for every case and you need to be sure you understand the rules regarding arbitration before you agree to submit your claim to arbitration. What is Arbitration?