I was injured in an accident caused by a “stoned” driver. The driver was arrested at the accident scene and taken to jail. What should I do now? Unfortunately, this is a common question because drugged driving is becoming a bigger problem in the United States. Some critics of legalized marijuana argue that it increases the risk of drugged driving accidents because more people are driving while stoned. As California personal injury attorneys, we are more concerned with ensuring that accident victims receive the legal advice and representation they need to pursue an accident claim against an at-fault driver.
Are you traveling this holiday season to see family and friend? Maybe you and your partner are running away for a secret vacation for the holidays. Whether you are taking a short day trip, running errands, trying to get home, or packing the family for a weeklong holiday vacation, you will likely be on the roads quite a bit this holiday season. One thing to remember is when and where to use your cruise control and how to use your cruise control safely.
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Have you been injured in a personal injury accident in Los Angeles, Stockton, Fresno, or the surrounding areas? Is the insurance company for the other party delaying, denying, or underpaying your claim? Do you feel alone? If so, you need a California personal injury attorney to help you fight the insurance company for the money you deserve. However, you want to hire the right attorney for your needs. Below are several mistakes that you want to avoid when hiring a personal injury law firm in California.
A common question our Fresno car accident attorneys answer for clients has to deal with the value of neck injuries caused by traffic accidents. While we want to give our clients a specific dollar figure when they meet with us during their free consultation, it is impossible to answer this question with absolute certainty because several factors impact the value of a claim. If a personal attorney in Fresno gives you an exact figure for your claim during your first meeting or early in your case, this should raise red flags for you. You want and you need an attorney who is willing to put forth the effort to investigate your claim thoroughly and completely to give you the best chance of receiving full compensation for all damages.
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.
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.