Weather-Related Accidents in Fresno, CA

It does not matter if you call it poor, extreme, adverse, bad, or hazardous weather conditions, driving in rain, fog, ice, or snow can increase your risk of being involved in a traffic accident. Many people assume they can drive the same way, regardless of the road conditions. Unfortunately, if you do not take precautions, you could cause a weather-related traffic accident.

Is My Car Accident Settlement Taxable in California?

When you are injured in a traffic accident, you can hold the negligent driver or party responsible for the accident liable for your damages. In other words, if you did not cause the collision, you might be entitled to receive money from the party who did cause the crash. However, that money could be taxable as income in some cases. Compensation for Pain and Suffering The money you receive as compensation for the pain and suffering from your physical injury or illnesses is not considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service or the California Department of Revenue.  This also includes the amount you receive for the emotional distress or mental anguish you suffer because of the physical injuries or illnesses. However, if your claim is for emotional distress or mental anguish that did not result from a personal physical injury or illness, you may owe income tax on all or a portion of the settlement.

California Work Zone Accidents

As a Fresno and Los Angeles area crash attorneys, we see many reasons for car crashes.  One reason for car accidents that many people never consider is a work zone. Because the state, county, and city must maintain our roads, there seems to be some type of road construction or maintenance occurring all year throughout Los Angeles County and Fresno County. Work zones create hazards and dangers for workers, drivers, and others using the road. To protect workers and allow for equipment, traffic must be rerouted, lanes are narrowed, or sections of road may be blocked off. Unfortunately, these are the very things that can create a hazard if the work zone is not properly maintained in a reasonable and safe manner that reduces the risk of a work zone accident.

Are The Headlights On Your Car Bright Enough To Avoid A Car Accident?

When you are driving at night, you depend on your car’s headlights to provide sufficient light to see objects in front of you. Pedestrians, animals, vehicles, road debris, and other objects can appear suddenly. It helps to have as much time as possible to apply the brakes to avoid a collision. At night, your headlights