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.
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.
According to a news story by ABC30, the Fresno Police Department will be increasing their efforts to make roads safe for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Police analyzed bicycle and pedestrian accidents for the past three years to determine where these accidents occur. Between 2013 and 2015, the police report more than 50 pedestrian and bicyclist deaths. The increased enforcement efforts come at a time when the police expect more pedestrians and bicyclists on the roads because the weather is improving. Lt. David Ramsey of the Fresno Police Department advises drivers to leave earlier and be aware of their surroundings. In addition, he advises motorists to reduce speed and utilize hands-free devices whenever possible too.
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.