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.
The construction industry is one of the largest industries in the United States. Whether it is road or bridge construction or building a new school, apartment building, or housing community, construction sites are frequent throughout Fresno County. Unfortunately, construction sites are some of the most dangerous places, for workers and visitors. Even with precautions and strict adherence to all safety protocols, construction accidents still occur.
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.
Head-on collisions in Fresno can cause severe and fatal injuries to the drivers and occupants of both vehicles. This type of car crash is one of the most dangerous vehicle accidents you can be involved in for several reasons. In many head-on collisions, occupants are crushed as the front of the vehicle crumples upon impact. In other cases, the occupants may be thrown from the vehicle.
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A wrongful death claim can arise from a variety of personal injury claims in California. When a person dies because of another party’s negligence or wrongful acts, the family can seek compensation under California’s wrongful death laws. Situations and personal injury claims that may give rise to a wrongful death lawsuit include:
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.
I was injured in an accident caused by a “stoned” driver. The driver was arrested at the accident scene and taken to jail. What should I do now? Unfortunately, this is a common question because drugged driving is becoming a bigger problem in the United States. Some critics of legalized marijuana argue that it increases the risk of drugged driving accidents because more people are driving while stoned. As California personal injury attorneys, we are more concerned with ensuring that accident victims receive the legal advice and representation they need to pursue an accident claim against an at-fault driver.
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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.
Are you prepared for spring break 2018? If you do not have your children signed up for day camps or activities, you might be scrambling to find something for your children to do. Here are a few of the family friendly activities we discovered in and around Fresno. Puzzling Adventures – Monday, March 26, 2018
When you need medical care, you expect to receive help. You do not expect to hurt by the doctor or other medical provider. Sadly, some patients will be the victims of medical malpractice. When a doctor or other health care provider fails in his duty of care, a patient might recover compensation for damages by filing a medical malpractice claim.