When you are involved in a car accident caused by another driver, you have the right to file a personal injury claim seeking compensation for your damages. Regardless of the severity of your injuries, most people involved in a traffic accident suffer some level of damages, including property damages, medical bills, and lost wages. Therefore, it is wise to consult with a Stockton car accident attorney to discuss your legal option for filing a car accident claim.
When you are involved in a traffic accident in the City of Stockton, you need to call 911 to report the accident and request a police officer. It is important that you have a record of the traffic accident for insurance purposes. The accident report provides the information you need to file your accident claim, including:
In 2016, drunk drivers took the lives of 10,497 people in DUI accidents. Traffic-related fatalities attributed to alcohol-impaired accidents totaled 28 percent of all traffic fatalities that year. Approximately every 50 minutes, someone died in a DUI accident in the United States during 2016. However, alcohol is not the only caused of impaired-driving accidents. Drugged driving also injuries thousands of people each year.
Losing control of your vehicle on wet roads is a terrifying feeling. It is easy to panic when your vehicle hydroplanes on wet pavement. In some cases, there may be very little you can do to regain control of your vehicle. The thought that you are helpless can be overwhelming. Sadly, hydroplane accidents can result in tragic car accidents that cause severe injuries and death.
You may have heard about the CHP’s “Drive to Stay Alive II” program that began last year, but what you may not be aware of is that the program’s funding runs through September 30, 2018. Therefore, you can expect to see enhanced enforcement patrols along Highway 12 at least through September. Funding for the safety program came from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the NHTSA.
There is nothing inherently wrong with using Social Media to keep in touch with your family and friends. However, after an injury, posting information online can hurt your chances of receiving full compensation for your damages from the person responsible for your injuries. Our Stockton accident lawyers want you to understand the dangers of using Social Media after an accident and how to avoid costly mistakes.
We understand that if you have been involved in an accident, the information in this blog may not help you because you are now at the stage of filing an accident claim. Sadly, some individuals may be involved in another accident or you may want to share this information with friends and family so that they can be prepared in the event of an accident.
Are you traveling this holiday season to see family and friend? Maybe you and your partner are running away for a secret vacation for the holidays. Whether you are taking a short day trip, running errands, trying to get home, or packing the family for a weeklong holiday vacation, you will likely be on the roads quite a bit this holiday season. One thing to remember is when and where to use your cruise control and how to use your cruise control safely.
When you are involved in a car accident, the aftermath can be overwhelming. Even if you believe you are not seriously injured, you need to be checked by a physician. Too many people believe that the minor aches and pains they feel after a car accident are “normal.” However, those aches and pains continue and become worse over time. Before long, those same aches and pains that were “normal” begin to disrupt daily living. It is at this point that the person might go to the doctor to complain about aches and pains interfering with his or her ability to work or perform daily tasks.
Each state has laws dictating the minimum automobile insurance requirements for that state. California is an at-fault state for insurance purposes. Therefore, the state requires all drivers to carry a minimum of $15,000 in bodily injury coverage for one person and $30,000 in bodily injury coverage per accident. Drivers must also carry $5,000 in property damage coverage per accident. Liability insurance pays for the damages of other persons when a driver causes an automobile accident. The victim may be a passenger in that driver’s vehicle, another driver, a passenger in another vehicle, a pedestrian, or a bicyclist. Any person injured by the at-fault driver can file a claim to recover damages. However, if the driver carries minimum insurance, the victim may be limited to a recovery of $15,000. This is one reason you might want to consider purchasing additional insurance coverage that can help protect you in the event you are injured in an accident with a driver who does not have sufficient insurance coverage.