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?
According to a report by the Ventura County Star, Alayna Monroe appeared in court or an arraignment related to a New Year’s Day crash that resulted in a fatality and several injuries. The court continued her arraignment until March 23. Monroe faces a charge of felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and two other charges related to bodily injury. On the morning of January 1 just after two o’clock, police allege that Monroe was driving south on Sycamore Drive with her wife, Los Angeles police officer Heather Monroe, when she ran a red light at the intersection with Cochran Street colliding with another vehicle. Monroe’s wife was killed because of injuries sustained in the crash. The driver and the passenger in the other vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Dealing with a wrongful death claim is one of the most complicated and delicate matters a Fresno injury attorney can handle. While you need to pursue the claim aggressively, you must also be aware of the family’s emotions and pain as they deal with the loss of their loved one. Our Fresno wrongful death attorneys understand the delicate nature of a wrongful death. We also understand the importance of filing a wrongful death claim against the party who caused the death to hold that party accountable and liable for the action that led to the tragic death of your loved one. Call our office at 1-800-954-4444 to speak with one of our attorneys about filing a claim to seek justice for yourself, your family, and your loved one.
Before A Lawsuit Is Filed When you come into our office, our Fresno wrongful death attorney will listen to your story and review the facts of the case with you. Based on your situation, the attorney may suggest one or more legal remedies, including a wrongful death lawsuit. However, before filing a wrongful death lawsuit, your attorney conducts a thorough accident investigation to identify, gather, and preserve key evidence to use in proving the other party was at fault for the accident. The evidence may also be used to prove your damages. This may also include consulting experts, such as an economist, to determine the true value of your wrongful death claim. After your attorney has evaluated and investigated your claim, he begins negotiating with the insurance company for the other party to settle your wrongful death claim. The negotiation phase can take several months as your attorney and the insurance company representative go back and forth discussing settlement figures. If the insurance company agrees to settle the claim, your attorney walks you through the process of settling the claim. However, if the insurance company refuses to pay a fair amount, your attorney may suggest you file a wrongful death lawsuit. After The Wrongful Death Lawsuit Is Filed
In a tragic story reported by KCRA3, two Fresno toddlers who were reported missing were found in a neighbor’s pool. The two-year old girl and the three-year old boy were pronounced dead at the hospital. According to the news story, the deaths appear to be an accident. Swimming Pool Accidents The tragic story above highlights how dangerous a pool can be, especially for young children. In just a few seconds, the unthinkable can happen and your world becomes a living nightmare. For thousands of families each year, unintentional drowning accidents take a loved one far too soon.
There has been a lot of attention lately regarding self-driving vehicles. As with all forms of technology, vehicles are becoming “smarter” as the technology used on vehicles improves. However, will the increased use of self-driving vehicle reduce the number of traffic accidents in California and the United States? Autonomous Vehicles Will Reduce Traffic Accidents This was the conclusion of a report by the consulting firm of McKinsey & Co. The Wall Street Journal published a story last year stating that autonomous vehicles would reduce the number of traffic accidents by 90 percent and save Americans more than $190 billion in damages from traffic accident each year. The information was from the report by McKinsey & Co. However, over one year later, we see that not all self-driving vehicles prevent accidents. Some of these vehicles are responsible for traffic accidents.
Just last month, another person died in a head-on collision in the central California Valley area. KFSN in Fresno reported on a crash with a big rig that resulted in the death of a man in Mendota. A man was driving on Highway 33 at Bass Avenue when he veered and slammed head-on into a large truck. The collision took the man’s life. Police continue to investigate, but the cause of the accident is unknown. What Is A Head-On Collision? A head-on collision occurs when the front end of one vehicle slams into the front end of another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. This type of collision often results in severe injuries or fatality. Because of the high rate of fatalities, head-on collisions are one of the most dangerous types of traffic accidents, especially for occupants of smaller vehicles hit by larger vehicles (i.e. small car hit by a large truck or motorcycle hit by an SUV).
A disabled vehicle resulted in the tragic death of a Visalia man. According to Visalia Times, a man was struck by two vehicles as he was trying to push his vehicle out of the street. The accident occurred on Walnut Avenue just west of Ben Maddox Way. The victim suffered severe head trauma and internal injuries. He died from his injuries after being transferred from Kaweah Delta Medical Center to Fresno Regional Medical Center. How To Handle A Break Down on The Road The above tragic story is another example of someone being severely injured because their vehicle broke down. Break downs can happen at any time to any vehicle — even a newly purchased vehicle. Knowing how to handle a break down on the road can protect you and your passengers from harm.
According to a press release by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the rate of fatalities from motorcycle crashes increased by 10 percent in 2015. Approximately 450 more motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle accidents during 2015 than 2014. The preliminary data indicates that 5,010 riders lost their lives last year in traffic accidents. Jonathan Adkins, GHSA Executive Director, responded to the findings by stating, “State and national data illustrate that motorcyclists are far more likely to be injured or killed in a crash than motor vehicle occupants. GHSA and its members will continue to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based motorcycle safety countermeasures to improve rider safety and, ultimately, save lives.” Wearing a motorcycle helmet can greatly reduce the risk of head trauma and death in a motorcycle crash. The GHSA recommends that all states enact a universal helmet law as this would likely result in the largest reduction in motorcycle accident fatalities. California is one of the 19 states that currently require all motorcyclists to wear helmets.
California is the only state that permits motorcyclists to split lanes. In all other states, lane splitting is illegal. Unfortunately, the state does not track data regarding lane-splitting motorcycle crashes. However, a proposed law will set guidelines for lane splitting that could make the maneuver safer, but without current data it may be hard to determine if the new law is effective in making lane splitting a safer practice. What is Lane Splitting? Lane splitting is also referred to as lane sharing. It refers to a motorcyclist sharing a lane with another vehicle. The rider maneuvers the motorcycle between vehicles that are stopped or moving slower than the rider. Most states consider the practice dangerous for riders and other vehicles on the road; therefore, the practice is illegal in all states except California.