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.

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.

Easy Way to Remember Information You Need at the Accident Scene

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.

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.

Why Are Bus Accidents So Dangerous?

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.

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.

How to Know if You Were Injured in a Traffic Accident?

This sounds like an odd question because you would assume that anyone involved in a traffic accident would know if that person sustained an injury. However, this is not always the case. After an accident, you may believe that you are “okay” because you do not feel any immediate pain or have any visible signs of harm. However, this does not always mean that you escaped the crash without any injuries. Traffic accidents, including pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle crashes, can be violent and cause injuries that are not immediately known to the victim. Some injuries may have delayed symptoms. Therefore, you should always see a doctor after any accident, regardless of whether you feel fine or you believe the accident was “minor.” Even low-impact accidents can cause debilitating injuries.

Fresno Gets a New Splash Park

ABC30 News reported on the new splash park that was opened in Fresno at the beginning of July. Vinland Park is the sixth splash park in Fresno.  The park is just in time to keep kids cool and happy when the daily temperatures in Fresno soar into the 90s. Splash parks have become popular in

Tips for Talking to an Insurance Adjuster After an Accident

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.