Fireworks loudly popping, colorful lights in the air and savory food on the grill are all signs of a fabulous Fourth of July celebration. Families typically dress in patriotic attire or colors of red, white, and blue. America’s Independence is valued by many citizens and something to celebrate. For that reason, the Fourth of July holiday weekend is one of the most traveled holidays according to AAA. More than 41.9 million Americans will travel over the Fourth of July holiday. Many travelers use this time as a vacation getaway for the family.
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.
A Fresno woman has filed a lawsuit against multiple defendants for a claim arising from a car accident in 2015. The victim claims she suffered physical injuries, pain, and medical expenses arising from a car accident in July 2015. The lawsuit alleges that one of the defendants was the driver of the vehicle that pulled out in front of the vehicle that the woman was riding in thereby causing an “unavoidable collision.” She claims the driver was at fault for the crash and, therefore, should compensate her for her damages.
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 most traffic accident, the first matter that must be addressed is medical care for the accident victims. Even if you believe your injuries are not serious, you should always be checked by a medical professional. Closed brain injuries and soft tissue damage can be difficult to diagnose, but both injuries can result in long-term or permanent conditions that can cause chronic pain and impaired movement. The second matter that must be addressed is the payment of damages. Most likely, the first item is your vehicle followed by medical expenses and lost wages. Who pays for these expenses? To hold the other driver liable for your damages, you must prove that the other driver caused the accident. If the insurance company for the other driver accepts liability, it will be responsible for the payment of your damages. However, in some cases, the driver may admit he caused the crash but claim he is not liable because of an emergency.
Under California’s personal injury laws, you are entitled to recover damages when you are injured in an accident caused by another person. When you are injured in an accident, whether it is a motor vehicle accident, fall, bicycle crash, or pedestrian accident, you suffer a variety of different types of damages. In addition to the physical and emotional damages you sustain from the accident, you also incur financial damages. Those financial damages are compensable under California’s personal injury laws as long as the expenses are directly related to the accident and your injuries. One of the main components of a personal injury claim is the victim’s past and future medical expenses. Medical bills can result in thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial damages. These economic damages can be a significant portion of the recovery in a personal injury case. Therefore, it is very important that you understand how medical expenses are treated in a claim. It is equally important that you hire an experienced Fresno personal injury attorney to help you recover full compensation for your past and future medical expenses.
Last month, a 50-car accident on Highway 198 between Lemoore and Hanford. The Hanford Sentinel reported on the multiple accidents that appear to be caused by poor weather conditions combined with speeding drivers. According to Officer John Tyler, the first accident occurred around 8:25 a.m. near 16th Avenue on the westbound side of Highway 198. From that crash, a chain reaction of collisions took place that shut the highway down until 2:00 p.m. that afternoon. It was not one collision that shut down the highway but multiple collisions that resulted from traffic being stopped for the first collision. Officer Tyler said that more than 50 vehicles might have been involved in the collisions. Driving too fast for conditions was the reason for all the collisions per Officer Tyler.
California law requires that drivers purchase a minimum amount of liability insurance. Liability insurance protects others in the event that the driver causes a crash that results in injuries and/or damages. The minimum liability insurance requirements in California are: $15,000 in coverage for injury or death to one person $30,000 in coverage for injury or death to two or more people $5,000 in coverage for damage to property Drivers may choose to purchase coverage in amounts greater than the minimum coverage. However, the above amounts are the minimum insurance coverage a driver can have and legally operate a vehicle in California. Drivers who do not have the minimum liability insurance coverage can face fines, vehicle registration suspension, and vehicle impoundment.
Manufacturers and proponents of self-driving vehicles claim the next step in automobile evolution will reduce accidents and save lives. While this may be true, we are still years if not decades away from self-driving vehicles in every driveway. A self-driving car demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas highlights the need for much more research and fine-tuning before self-driving vehicles take over our roads.