It is easy to make a mistake when you are handling a car accident claim, especially if you have never been in an accident or dealt with an insurance adjuster. Below are five mistakes that can seriously harm your claim if you are not very careful. Mistake Number One: Not Calling the Police The other driver may try to convince you that you can handle the “matter” between the two of you. Unless you know you are not injured and the damage is minor, this is a mistake. Because you could have suffered whiplash or another injury that may not show signs until a few hours or days later, not calling the police can be a huge mistake. It is better to have an official record of the crash to prove the accident occurred. While you can pursue an accident claim without a police report, it can help to have the report if the other driver tries to claim he or she was not involved or did not cause the crash.
When you are injured in a traffic-related accident, product liability accident, slip and fall (premises liability case), or another personal injury accident, the personal injury laws in California provide a way for you to recover money for your injuries. The money you recover is intended to compensate you for your financial losses (i.e. property damage, lost wages, medical expenses, travel costs, etc.) and your non-economic losses (i.e. pain and suffering damages). An insurance adjuster for the other party may approach you early in your case to offer a settlement for your claim. You should be careful when agreeing to accept a settlement offer for several reasons. As experienced Fresno personal injury attorneys, we want you to receive a settlement amount that is equal to the full amount of damages you suffered because of another party’s negligence. For this reason, we offer free legal consultations so that you can learn about your options before you accept a settlement offer that is lower than the amount you deserve for your claim.
In some cases, you may be entitled to recover money for your car accident claim even though you are partially at fault for the crash. Because of California’s comparative fault law, you may be able to receive compensation for a portion of your medical bills, lost wages, and non-economic damages. To determine if you can recover money for your claim, we urge you to call our Fresno accident attorneys for a free consultation today. How Does Comparative Fault Work in California? California has adopted a pure comparative fault standard for personal injury cases. When more than one party is responsible for the cause of an accident, the court “compares” the fault for the accident and assigns a percentage of fault to each responsible party.
Whether you are in a car accident, bicycle crash, pedestrian accident, slip and fall, motorcycle crash, or commercial truck accident, you can seek compensation from the party who is responsible for the accident. The amount you can recover for an injury settlement depends on a variety of factors. The insurance adjuster for the other party will not tell you if you are settling for less than your claim is actually worth. Our Fresno personal injury attorneys can tell you if an injury settlement is fair or if you should decline the offer and demand a higher amount based on the factors of your case.
If you travel in and around Fresno County, you may have witnessed multi-vehicle accidents or chain reaction crashes. One vehicle slams on brakes on a busy highway causing two or more vehicles behind the lead car to rear-end each other. Another example is when a vehicle runs a red light or a stop sign causing a collision that results in other vehicles crashing as they try to avoid the initial collision. When a crash involves multiple vehicles, sorting out liability can be very difficult, especially when the drivers disagree as to who caused the initial collision. It is extremely important to identify the cause of the crash to determine who is liable for your damages. Because of California’s pure comparative fault law, more than one person may be responsible for your damages. However, you may also be held responsible for the crash under comparative negligence standards.
The shock of a car crash can leave you confused and overwhelmed as you try to make sense of what just happened to you. Unfortunately, it is easy to forget the information you need to collect at the accident scene that can help your Fresno car accident attorney with your claim. To make it easier to remember the information you need to gather after a traffic accident, we suggest you use a list of questions. Make copies of the list of questions and keep the copies in your vehicle. When you are shaken after an accident, it is easier to use a list of prepared questions to gather information than it is to try to remember everything you need to do after a Fresno car accident.
All pedestrians must take steps to protect themselves from motorists who are driving while distracted, impaired, drowsy, or drugged. Drivers who are reckless and negligent cause thousands of pedestrian accidents each year in the United States. The NHTSA reports that in 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic-related accidents, a 9.5 percent increase over the previous year. During the same year, traffic-related crashes insured approximately 70,000 pedestrians. During 2015, 13 percent of pedestrian injuries and 19 percent of pedestrian fatalities were people 65 years of age and older.
For many people, Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. Therefore, many families spend the extended weekend enjoying some quality time before changing focus toward the upcoming holiday season. Sadly, there will be many accidents over the Labor Day Weekend. Below are common injuries that occur during the holiday weekend and how you can avoid these injuries.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the number of people killed and injured in bus accidents during 2015 increased from the number in 2014. During 2015, 295 people died and 24,000 people were injured in traffic accidents involving buses. When you get on a school bus, whether it is a school bus, transit bus, metro bus, or tour bus, you do not expect to be in a traffic accident. However, you are at risk for an accident on a bus just as you are whenever you get on the road in your vehicle.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), California had the highest number of pedestrian deaths in 2015. Nationwide, there were 5,376 pedestrians died in traffic-related accidents, a 9.5 percent increase from the number of pedestrian fatalities in 2014. In California, 742 people died in pedestrian accidents during 2015. Pedestrian deaths represented almost a quarter of all traffic fatalities that year. While many of these deaths occur in cities and urban areas, pedestrians in rural areas must also be aware of the dangers posed to pedestrians by motorists. Even when crossing at an intersection or crosswalk, pedestrians can be in danger. The fact is that anywhere you are walking you are in danger of an accident if there is any traffic near to where you are walking. Understanding the common causes of pedestrian accidents can help you take steps to avoid being injured by a careless or negligent driver.