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.

What I Wish I Knew Before My Fresno Traffic Accident?

It would be great if we could turn back time so that we could correct missteps that cost us money, stress, or time. Unfortunately, this is not possible. However, we can learn new things that can help us if another similar situation occurs again or if a family member or friend experiences a similar situation or event. Sadly, most people do not search for what to do after a traffic accident until they have been injured in a traffic accident. It is too late to take some of the steps they should have taken; however, the information they learn may help them going forward or if they are ever in a similar situation. For that reason, our Fresno traffic accident attorneys offer the following information for anyone who has been injured in a traffic accident or knows someone who has been injured in a traffic accident.

What Can I Expect During My Car Accident Claim?

There are many things to be worried about after a car accident.  Who will pay my medical bills? How will I get my car repaired? Will I need to hire an attorney? How will I pay the legal fees? When can I get my money for the accident? Will I need to file a lawsuit? The good news is that most car accident claims are settled without the need to file a lawsuit. The length of time it will take to settle your accident depends on several factors. Some things you can expect to occur during your car accident claim include:

Fresno Car Accident Questions — Part Two

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.

What is Your Insurance Adjuster Not Telling You?

If you are injured because of the negligence or carelessness of another person, you are entitled to recover damages under California’s personal injury laws.  In most cases, the other party’s insurance company assigns an adjuster to work with you to settle your claim. This person represents the insurance company. An adjuster does not work for you nor the party that caused your injury. The adjuster’s job is to protect the interests of the insurance company by paying the least amount of money for your claim. To perform their job effectively, there are three things that an insurance adjuster hopes you do not know about personal injury claims.

Who Do I Sue for a Multi-Vehicle Accident?

If you travel in and around Fresno County, you may have witnessed multi-vehicle accidents or chain reaction crashes. One vehicle slams on brakes on a busy highway causing two or more vehicles behind the lead car to rear-end each other. Another example is when a vehicle runs a red light or a stop sign causing a collision that results in other vehicles crashing as they try to avoid the initial collision. When a crash involves multiple vehicles, sorting out liability can be very difficult, especially when the drivers disagree as to who caused the initial collision. It is extremely important to identify the cause of the crash to determine who is liable for your damages. Because of California’s pure comparative fault law, more than one person may be responsible for your damages. However, you may also be held responsible for the crash under comparative negligence standards.

Clinton Overpass in Central Fresno to Reopen Soon

Drivers who have been forced to find alternative routes will be happy to hear that the Clinton overpass that has been closed to traffic for months will be reopening soon according to an ABC30 News report. The overpass has been closed as crews worked on the Highway 99 realignment project. The realignment project is one of the elements necessary to make room for the High Speed Rail. Caltrans states that the Clinton overpass should be ready to reopen at the end of October. To get the project back on schedule after several delays, Caltrans said that crews would be working overtime. In addition, several crews will be working on roads, electrical, and bridges at the same time.

Life-Altering Injuries Caused by Other Drivers

Many people refer to these types of injuries as “catastrophic” injuries. Life-altering or catastrophic injuries can require multiple surgeries followed by months or even years of medical treatments, physical therapy, and special adaptive medical equipment. The negative consequences of a personal injury can last for the rest of your life. If a negligent or reckless driver caused the crash that resulted in your injuries, that driver should be held liable for your damages. You should not be required to bear the cost of expensive medical treatments, necessary medical equipment, and other expenses. Call Torem & Associates by telephone at 1-800-954-4444 to find out how you can recover money for your Fresno catastrophic injury claim.

Good News for Fresno City College Students Trying to Get to School

Getting to classes can be difficult for some Fresno City College students, especially at the beginning of each semester. In addition to the issues with parking, student now must deal with construction zones and detours. A new program may help ease the parking issues while providing students with a convenient and efficient way to get to school each day. ABC30 News reported about a new one-year pilot program between the City of Fresno and the college to make getting to the college campus a bit easier and less costly for the student. Beginning this school year, Fresno City College students who ride the FAX Bus to school and back will no longer be required to pay for the trips. Fresno has partnered with the college to allow the college to pay a lower fare for students. Students must purchase a student body card to be able to ride the buses for free throughout the city. However, the cost of a student body card is $5 — much less than paying daily fares for city bus transportation. The program is expected to have several positive consequences for students, the city, and school.

Tuolumne Bridge Opens to Traffic in Fresno

ABC30 News reports that more than a year and a half after construction began, the Tuolumne Bridge is now open for traffic. The overpass extends from Broadway to F Street in Downtown Fresno and will allow for an additional route to West Fresno and Chinatown. The new structure also allows for a future High-Speed Rail. Easier access to the downtown area is expected with the new two-way street.