How often do you see other drivers speeding or driving recklessly? Are you guilty of speeding? If so, you are not alone. Speeding is a common factor in many traffic accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released its most recent data regarding speed-related accidents. Speeding-related traffic fatalities increased during 2015. In 2014, the total speed-related deaths nationwide totaled 9,283. That number increased by three percent to 9,557 in 2015. In 2015, 27 percent of the traffic-related fatalities involved at least one driver who was speeding. If a speeding driver injures you, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries. Call 1-800-954-4444 to speak with a Fresno speeding accident attorney today. We can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.
Driving while under the influence is a nationwide epidemic. Impaired driving is not limited to alcohol; it includes marijuana, synthetic drugs, and prescription pills known as opiates. The Los Angeles Times reported that the San Diego police are using new methods to confirm the condition of a driver who is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs. The two Drager Drug Test 5000 machines, commonly known as the mouth swab, cost about $6,000 per machine. The machine tests for seven different drugs including cocaine, methadone, methamphetamine, marijuana, benzodiazepines, and amphetamine. It is a concern with the passing of the legalization of marijuana that the likelihood of impaired drivers will increase. Like the breathalyzer, a driver can refuse to take the Drager Drug Test. In 2014, California had 38% of drivers who were killed in motor accidents by drivers who were impaired by legal or illegal drugs. That is a 32% increase from the previous year. By placing checkpoints throughout San Diego, the goal is to get impaired drivers off the road.
ABC30 News reported on the flooding problems along Kings River last week. Summer weather conditions caused heavy rain and flooding that have impacted RV parks in Fresno County. Water levels are as high as some homes in the River Bend RV Park near Minkler. The River Bend RV Park is geographically located on the other side of a flooded bridge. The Fresno County Sheriff Department facilitated a mandatory evacuation. Residents found shelter in a high school gym with the assistance of the Red Cross in Reedley. Other areas including the Cricket Hollow Park shut down from the highest water levels that residents have seen in the last ten years. A river flowing at the back of the Cricket Hollow Park provides about 20 yards of separation from the Reedley Animal Shelter. Police are strategizing an emergency plan in the event the facility floods. Furthermore, Kings River Road area plans to evacuate. A popular entertainment spot, The Wakehouse, is located at the end of Kings River Road. The area where concerts take place is completely underwater; indicators show that the river is 10 feet deep off the shore. Everclear, the rock band is scheduled to perform on July 15th at The Wakehouse. Owners are adamant that the show will go forward as planned even with the water delay.
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.
Any injury can disrupt your life and cause great pain and suffering. However, some injuries are so great in nature they rise to the level of a catastrophic injury. Many accident victims recover fully from the injuries sustained in the accident. However, some victims will suffer lasting and debilitating disabilities because of their injuries. A catastrophic injury is devastating in so many ways. Therefore, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
A report by Consumer Reports last year found that 11.5 percent of Americans don’t use seat belts. That may not seem to be a substantial number; however, the percentage translates into roughly 25 million people. As pointed out in the article, seat belt use doesn’t just put the individual at risk. The consequence of not
ABC30 News reported a hit-and-run accident near Orosi last week near Road 120 and Avenue 424. According to witness testimony, the crash occurred when a black vehicle failed to stop at an intersection. The black vehicle collided with a red Chevy pushing it into the canal. Emergency crews rescued the occupants of the Chevy. The passengers in the black vehicle were also transported to the hospital for treatment. The driver of the black vehicle fled the accident scene. Law enforcement agencies are now searching for the driver. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police.
Arbitration is becoming a popular method of resolving contested legal matters outside of the courtroom. However, arbitration is not for every case and you need to be sure you understand the rules regarding arbitration before you agree to submit your claim to arbitration. What is Arbitration?
When a person is injured in an accident, they usually have a lot to deal with after the accident. They are trying to recover from physical injuries, trying to get back to work, and dealing with financial issues. The emotional stress after a personal injury accident can be overwhelming. Therefore, many people choose to settle their accident claims rather than fight the insurance company for a fair settlement. Below are several reasons why a person may agree to settle an accident claim instead of pursuing a larger settlement.
In some car accident cases, it is easy to determine fault. For example, a driver turns left in front of you or rear-ends you at a red light. The insurance company for the driver may not fight your claim too aggressively, but don’t always assume it is a clear-cut case. Even in simple cases, an insurance company may decide it is in its best interest to fight the claim to pay as little as possible to the accident victim.