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.

What Should I Know About Recovering from a Head Injury?

Head injuries can range from mild to concussions to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Dealing with a head injury can be a very stressful, frightening, and frustrating experience. As you are trying to learn about the severity of your injury, your recovery, and the potential for permanent damage, you are being pressured by an insurance adjuster for information, statements, and releases. The entire process can be overwhelming and can cause you additional harm because of the stress. Instead of facing it alone, let our Fresno brain injury attorneys take care of the insurance adjusters and other parties pressuring you for information so that you can focus on your health. Call our office at 1-800-954-4444 for a free consultation with a Fresno personal injury lawyer.

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.

Scarring and Disfigurement Claims

Motor vehicle accidents can have tragic, life-long results. Even when a car accident does not result in traumatic injuries, the disruption to the victim’s life can still be extensive. From taking time off work to recover from injuries, repairing your vehicle, and dealing with insurance adjusters to recoup your financial losses, the consequences of a motor vehicle accident can and do often extend far beyond the healing process. A painful example of the consequences of an accident that can cause a lifetime of pain is scarring and disfigurement. Many victims of catastrophic accidents suffer permanent disfigurement and scarring because of the injuries sustained in the crash. Because scarring and disfigurement is a painful reminder of the suffering endured in the accident, the victim can suffer intense emotional stress and mental anxiety. Victims deserve to be compensated for these damages in addition to the other damages suffered because of the crash.

Why Do You Need To Pay Attention To Time Limits In California Personal Injury Cases?

If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. Examples of accidents that often give rise to an accident claim are slip and fall accidents, motorcycle crashes, car accidents, commercial truck crashes, and pedestrian accidents. Any accident that results in an injury or death can result in compensation for the accident victim. To receive compensation, the accident victim must prove that the other party caused the accident and the victim suffered injuries and damages because of the accident. The types of damages and amounts of compensation vary based on the facts and circumstances of each claim. However, at least one thing is the same in all accident claims — time for filing a claim is limited.

What Happens If The Person That Hit Me Had A Medical Emergency?

In most traffic accident, the first matter that must be addressed is medical care for the accident victims. Even if you believe your injuries are not serious, you should always be checked by a medical professional. Closed brain injuries and soft tissue damage can be difficult to diagnose, but both injuries can result in long-term or permanent conditions that can cause chronic pain and impaired movement. The second matter that must be addressed is the payment of damages. Most likely, the first item is your vehicle followed by medical expenses and lost wages. Who pays for these expenses? To hold the other driver liable for your damages, you must prove that the other driver caused the accident. If the insurance company for the other driver accepts liability, it will be responsible for the payment of your damages. However, in some cases, the driver may admit he caused the crash but claim he is not liable because of an emergency.

Fresno County Big Rig Accident Claims One Life

Last week the California Highway Patrol responded to a big rig accident at the intersection of West and Manning near Caruthers according to ABC30 News. The report states that the driver of a Hyundai failed to stop at a stop sign causing the collision. The driver of the Hyundai died at the accident scene. No other injuries were reported.