Mistakes You Can Make That Hurt Your Car Accident Claim

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.

Three Reasons Not to Sign That Accident Settlement Agreement

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.

Can I Recover Money for My Car Accident If I Caused the Crash?

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.

What Factors Impact an Injury Settlement in California?

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.

Who Do I Sue for a Multi-Vehicle Accident?

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.

Four Common Labor Day Injuries to Avoid

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.

Life-Altering Injuries Caused by Other Drivers

Many people refer to these types of injuries as “catastrophic” injuries. Life-altering or catastrophic injuries can require multiple surgeries followed by months or even years of medical treatments, physical therapy, and special adaptive medical equipment. The negative consequences of a personal injury can last for the rest of your life. If a negligent or reckless driver caused the crash that resulted in your injuries, that driver should be held liable for your damages. You should not be required to bear the cost of expensive medical treatments, necessary medical equipment, and other expenses. Call Torem & Associates by telephone at 1-800-954-4444 to find out how you can recover money for your Fresno catastrophic injury claim.

Back to School Time — Safety Tips for Parents and Children

ABC30 News is reporting that school begins for thousands of children again in Visalia and throughout the Central California Valley area. Two new schools will open for the 2017-2018 school year to accommodate the increase in students in the area. A K-6 charter school, Global Learning Charter School, is not located on the old Fairview campus. Riverway Elementary is the other new school opening to students this year. Back to School Safety Checklist Back to school is exciting for some student and a reminder of lazy days without homework for others. For parents, it should be a time to review back to school safety tips with their children to reduce the risk of an accident.

Why Do I Need to Prove Fault in a Fresno Traffic Accident?

Some states are considered no-fault instance states.  Each driver must carry PIP or no-fault insurance that pays medical bills and some lost wages in the event of a traffic accident, regardless of which driver was at fault. For example, if you were injured in a car accident with another driver, your PIP insurance would pay your medical bills even if the other driver caused the crash. You would only file a claim against the other driver in limited circumstances. California is a “fault” insurance state. Every driver is required to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance. If the driver causes a crash, the victims can file claims against the driver’s insurance coverage. However, the victim must prove “fault” to recover compensation.

Tuolumne Bridge Opens to Traffic in Fresno

ABC30 News reports that more than a year and a half after construction began, the Tuolumne Bridge is now open for traffic. The overpass extends from Broadway to F Street in Downtown Fresno and will allow for an additional route to West Fresno and Chinatown. The new structure also allows for a future High-Speed Rail. Easier access to the downtown area is expected with the new two-way street.