Have You Started Your Holiday Shopping for 2017?

Many people have begun their holiday shopping while others will wait for Black Friday in hopes of getting the best deals on gifts for everyone on their holiday shopping list. Some retailers have already leaked their Black Friday ads in hopes of attracting shoppers to their stores when the doors open on Black Friday. Other retailers have decided to open on Thanksgiving Day to give shoppers an early start to the holiday shopping season. Big Lots and Game Stop decided to be open on Thanksgiving Day this year. However, some retailers have announced they will be closed this Thanksgiving Day to give their employees the day to spend with family and friends. USA Today reports that Cabela’s, Burlington, Ikea, Neiman Marcus, and Home Depot are just a few of the stores that will not be opening their doors to customers on Thanksgiving Day this year. ABC30 has a list of stores in Fresno on its website that will be open and closed on Thanksgiving Day. Whether you choose to shop on Thanksgiving Day or wait until the early morning hours on Black Friday to begin your holiday shopping, you need to remember to be safe and smart during the holiday shopping season.

Halloween Safety Tips for Fresno, CA

Is your child ready for Halloween? Halloween is a great holiday for children because they can dress up in a costume and get lots of free candy. However, Halloween is one of the most dangerous holidays for children. Many children are injured each year in pedestrian accidents. Parents need to take steps to help reduce the risk of injury for their children.

Fresno Car Accident Questions — Part Two

Below are more questions that clients ask our Fresno car accident attorneys during their free consultation. What are pain and suffering damages? When you are injured in a car accident, you suffer several different types of damages. Your financial damages or economic damages include the out-of-pocket expense related to the accident. Examples of financial damages include medical expenses, damage to property, and lost income. However, you also suffer non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are often referred to as pain and suffering damages. Examples of pain and suffering damages include physical pain, mental anguish, emotional stress, and loss of intimate relations. You can recover money for these claims in addition to reimbursement for your financial damages.

What is Your Insurance Adjuster Not Telling You?

If you are injured because of the negligence or carelessness of another person, you are entitled to recover damages under California’s personal injury laws.  In most cases, the other party’s insurance company assigns an adjuster to work with you to settle your claim. This person represents the insurance company. An adjuster does not work for you nor the party that caused your injury. The adjuster’s job is to protect the interests of the insurance company by paying the least amount of money for your claim. To perform their job effectively, there are three things that an insurance adjuster hopes you do not know about personal injury claims.

When Do I Need a Lawyer for My Accident Claim?

After being involved in a traffic accident, seeing a doctor is your first priority. You need to seek medical attention to protect your health and well-being. However, you should also make it a priority to seek legal counsel. A Fresno car accident attorney can help you in many ways. Your attorney can protect your legal rights and deal with your claim while you focus on your recovery.

Recovering from a Fresno Car Accident — A Potentially Long Road Ahead of You

Being injured in a Fresno car accident can have a substantial impact on your future. Your ability to earn a living, perform the same daily tasks, and even care for yourself or your family can be changed forever. The days, weeks, and months after a car accident can be filled with anxiety, stress, and pain. There are many decisions you need to make, including how to pay your medical costs and living expenses while you are out of work. You may also need to decide how you want to proceed with your medical treatment when given a choice between several options. Weighing the pros and cons of each treatment is important, just as it is important to weigh your options for deciding how to handle your accident 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.

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.

Good News for Fresno City College Students Trying to Get to School

Getting to classes can be difficult for some Fresno City College students, especially at the beginning of each semester. In addition to the issues with parking, student now must deal with construction zones and detours. A new program may help ease the parking issues while providing students with a convenient and efficient way to get to school each day. ABC30 News reported about a new one-year pilot program between the City of Fresno and the college to make getting to the college campus a bit easier and less costly for the student. Beginning this school year, Fresno City College students who ride the FAX Bus to school and back will no longer be required to pay for the trips. Fresno has partnered with the college to allow the college to pay a lower fare for students. Students must purchase a student body card to be able to ride the buses for free throughout the city. However, the cost of a student body card is $5 — much less than paying daily fares for city bus transportation. The program is expected to have several positive consequences for students, the city, and school.

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.