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.
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.
According to ABC7 News, an alleged DUI accident resulted in the death of a passenger. The driver, who may have been impaired at the time of the crash, ran into a power pole in Vernon last week. The accident occurred around 11:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Vernon Avenue. The driver suffered serious injuries and had to be transported to the hospital. The passenger was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Beer bottles were seen in the road near the wrecked vehicle.
Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner. Because of the holiday weekend, our roads will have much more traffic as people come to visit our lovely Central California Valley area. As you and your family venture out to enjoy the many activities planned for the Memorial Day weekend, we urge you to use extra caution as you travel to and from your destinations.
Thousands of people rent moving trucks each year instead of hiring a moving company. It is much cheaper to enlist the help of a few friends and rent a large moving truck. However, many people have never driven a vehicle this large and are not aware of the dangers until it is too late.
In February 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its 2015 data regarding “older” drivers. The NHTSA defined “older” as individuals who had reached the age of 65 years or older. According to the information provided by the NHTSA, 6,165 older people were killed, and 240,000 older people were injured in 2015 in traffic related accidents. This represented an eight percent increase from the previous year. Older drivers made up 18 percent of the drivers in 2015, an increase of 15 percent from 2014.
Wrong-way accidents are becoming more common as the incidents of distracted driving continue to increase. Drivers who are distracted are more likely to drive the wrong-way compared to drivers who remain alert and focused. While there may be some reasons for wrong-way accidents that are not related to distracted driving, such as medical emergencies or confusing road signs, most wrong-way accidents are the result of distracted driving.
According to a story by Troy Pope of KSEE on Your Central Valley, a woman was killed in a crash at West Avenue and Herndon Avenue in Fresno. The Fresno County Sherriff’s Office identified the victim as a 21-year old woman from Fresno. Two vehicles were involved in the collision according to reports. A man in his 20s, the driver of the other vehicle, faces a right-of-way violation from the collision.
California’s new cell phone law takes effect on January 1. Assembly Bill 1785, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in September, bans the use of a handheld cellphone or other wireless communications device unless the “device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation, and it is used in that manner while driving.” Lawmakers and others are hopeful the new law will reduce the number of distracted driving accidents caused by the use of handheld cell phones.
When you are injured in an accident, you need to do two things: Protect your health by seeking immediate medical attention; and, Protect your legal right to recover compensation for your damages from the party who caused the accident. Hiring a Fresno personal injury attorney helps protect your legal right to receive compensation from the