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.

How Do You File a Lawsuit for a Motorcycle Accident?

When you are injured in a motorcycle accident in Fresno, your first priority is to seek medical attention for your injuries. Motorcycle crashes often result in traumatic injuries for the rider because of the lack of protection from the impact of the collision. In some cases, the motorcyclist faces months of painful recovery because of another driver’s negligence. If you are injured in an accident, you are entitled to file a claim to recover money for your injuries and losses. However, filing a motorcycle accident claim may not be as simple as you thought or as straightforward as the insurance adjuster for the other driver suggested. Our Fresno motorcycle accident attorneys can help.

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.

Why is a Motorcycle Accident Different from a Car Accident?

Every motor vehicle accident is unique. You can have the same two vehicles in the same type of crash but have different injuries and results. This is because a minor difference can have a major impact on the outcome of the collision. However, when you have different types of vehicles involved, there are differences that apply to those specific vehicles. For example, an accident involving a commercial truck is different from an accident involving only passenger vehicles. Large truck accidents tend to involve substantially more injuries to the occupants of other vehicles than to the truck driver. The reason is that a semi-truck provides more protection than a smaller vehicle in a collision between the two vehicles. Likewise, when you have a motorcycle or a bicycle involved in a crash with a passenger vehicle, the rider has an increased risk of injury because a bicycle and motorcycle do not offer the same protection as a passenger vehicle does for its occupants. Handling a motorcycle accident claim can be much more complex given the differences. For experienced help filing your motorcycle accident claim, call 800-954-4444 for a free consultation with a Fresno motorcycle accident attorney.

Reasons Why Your Personal Injury Claim Could Be Denied

When you are injured because of another party’s negligence, recklessness, or carelessness, California’s personal injury laws provide a way for you to seek reimbursement for your damages. By filing a personal injury claim against the responsible party, you can recover compensation for a variety of damages including: Medical bills Loss of income Property damage Emotional

Steps That Can Help You Settle Your Fresno Traffic Accident Case Quickly

Being injured in a traffic accident is a traumatic life event that can have far-reaching consequences.  If you are severely injured, your life and the lives of your family members can be significantly altered. You may not be able to return to work, and you may require ongoing medical care. These consequences can become very expensive. For that reason, you need to hire an experienced Fresno car accident attorney to handle your case.

How Can a Witness Help in My Accident Claim?

The role of a witness in an accident claim can be very important, especially in cases where fault is being challenged. If possible, ask for the names and contact information of any witnesses at the accident scene. You should never rely on law enforcement officers to do this for you. It is always in your best interest to obtain this information if at all possible before you are transported to the emergency room or before you leave the accident scene. Remember, some witnesses may only remain at the scene for a few minutes. Once they see that no one is seriously injured and other people are there to help, witnesses may leave. Try to speak to them or having someone ask for their contact information before they can leave. Our Fresno injury attorneys will search for witnesses to your accident, but it helps if you have the information. Call 1-800-954-4444 to schedule a free consultation and no-obligation case evaluation with an experienced attorney.

Can I Recover Money for Fresno Car Accident If I Was Not Wearing a Seat Belt?

Seat belt save lives! That is drilled into our heads by law enforcement, insurance companies, and safety advocates because it is true. In 2014, seat belts saved 12,803 lives and protected thousands of vehicle occupants from sustaining more serious injuries. Numerous studies have shown that wearing a seat belt decreases the risk of being killed or seriously injured in a traffic accident. For that reason, many states, including California have adopted what is commonly referred to as the “seat belt defense.” If you were not wearing your seat belt at the time of the crash, your ability to recover full compensation could be in jeopardy. Call our Fresno car accident attorney at 1-800-954-4444 for a free case analysis and to discuss your legal options regarding the seat belt defense.