Every motor vehicle accident is unique. You can have the same two vehicles in the same type of crash but have different injuries and results. This is because a minor difference can have a major impact on the outcome of the collision. However, when you have different types of vehicles involved, there are differences that apply to those specific vehicles. For example, an accident involving a commercial truck is different from an accident involving only passenger vehicles. Large truck accidents tend to involve substantially more injuries to the occupants of other vehicles than to the truck driver. The reason is that a semi-truck provides more protection than a smaller vehicle in a collision between the two vehicles. Likewise, when you have a motorcycle or a bicycle involved in a crash with a passenger vehicle, the rider has an increased risk of injury because a bicycle and motorcycle do not offer the same protection as a passenger vehicle does for its occupants. Handling a motorcycle accident claim can be much more complex given the differences. For experienced help filing your motorcycle accident claim, call 800-954-4444 for a free consultation with a Fresno motorcycle accident attorney.
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.
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.
AAA recently released a report that shows the majority of drivers in the United States search for new vehicles with more autonomous technologies. At the same time, they are afraid of vehicles that are fully independent of the driver. The report showed that three-fourths of drivers would be afraid to ride in a car that was autonomous and just 10 percent of respondents said they would feel safer driving on the road with self-driving cars. More automakers have gotten onboard with the idea of creating autonomous vehicles, and it has become a race to be the first to introduce this technology on the highways. However, are Americans ready to share the road with self-driving vehicles?
Many accident victims ask themselves this very question each day throughout the United States, especially when an insurance adjuster tells victims they can make more money if they don’t hire an attorney. Insurance adjusters are NOT your friend, and they are NOT working for you. Adjusters work for the insurance company. It is better for the insurance company if you handle your claim without hiring an attorney. However, you need to understand that you are in an adversarial position with the insurance company; therefore, you shouldn’t be taking its advice about what you should or should not do after being injured in an accident.
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.
When you are injured in a personal injury accident, you suffer a variety of damages. In addition to your physical injuries, you also experience a financial loss and emotional stress. If you didn’t cause the accident, you deserve to be compensated for your damages by the person, company, or government entity who caused the accident that resulted in your injury. Because the legal system cannot undo your injuries sustained in the car accident, it can only provide a way for you to receive a monetary award from the responsible party.
Have you ever read someone’s post on Facebook or Twitter where they are complaining about something that happened to them? Most of us have used social media to complain about something that happened to us from the person who cut us off in traffic to our boss making us work overtime. It is normal to want to share your frustration with family and friends. Our family and friends provide encouragement and support when we are frustrated or going through a life event. However, using social media to vent about a Fresno car accident could harm your ability to recover full compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. How you use social media while your accident claim is pending could make or break your case. Insurance Companies Use Social Media Posts Insurance companies are in business to make money; therefore, they avoid paying large settlement claims whenever possible. In reality, insurance adjusters work very hard to lower the amount the company must pay in each personal injury case. Because many people put their entire lives on the internet through blogs and social media posts, insurance companies now actively search the internet for these posts during an accident investigation.
Did a reckless or negligent driver cause your car crash in the greater Central California Valley area? Are you trying to recover from a Fresno motorcycle crash? Did a distracted truck driver fail to yield the right of way causing a car accident? If so, there are several important things you need to know about a car accident claim before you begin dealing with an insurance adjuster. You have the right to choose your physicians. The insurance company for the other driver cannot make you go to a specific doctor for medical treatment. When you are injured in a Fresno car accident, you can choose your doctors, physical therapists, surgeons, hospital, and other medical professionals. You have the right to choose a Fresno car accident attorney. You also have the same right to choose a Fresno car accident attorney to represent you in your accident claim. The insurance adjuster may try to convince you that you can do better by representing yourself, but the adjuster does not have your best interest in mind. It is always in your best interest to consult with a Fresno car accident attorney to discuss your legal rights before discussing your claim with an insurance adjuster.
There are a lot of myths and assumptions regarding traffic laws in California. Some people do not learn about these myths and incorrect assumptions until they are pulled over by a highway patrolman or a police officer. By then, it is too late. Unfortunately, other drivers only learn about these traffic laws after they are involved in a car accident because some of these myths and assumptions can be very dangerous on the road. Can I wear headphones while driving in California? It has been illegal to wear headphones while driving for many years; however, the law did not specifically make it illegal to wear earbuds. In January 2016, a new law went into effect that makes it illegal to wear earbuds in both ears while driving or while riding a bicycle. Ear coverings interfere with a driver’s ability to hear thereby putting the driver and other’s at risk.