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Following a car accident, every driver involved is required to make sure the other drivers are safe, contact the police, and share their driver’s license information with each other. However, California law does not require drivers to share insurance information, which is vital if any of them wish to file an auto accident claim against the other.
Since many big rigs travel hundreds of miles in a single trip while towing thousands upon thousands of pounds of goods, it is no wonder that these vehicles need constant maintenance and repairs. While a truck’s tires, brakes, and engines are often the top priority, one other key part that should be inspected is the truck’s hitch. This unique part allows a truck to safely pull a fully-loaded trailer across the country, but when a hitch is damaged or faulty, it can also be the cause of serious accidents.
One of the most important pieces of evidence you can collect after a traffic collision is a police report. These documents hold great weight in auto accident claims, as they can clearly outline who caused an accident and the amount of damage involved, including injuries. But in the chaos following a crash, you may forget to speak to Orange County police or California Highway Patrol about securing a copy of the report. That is why Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie has outlined the entire process, step-by-step, so that you can quickly get ahold of your accident report and begin filing a claim.
We often forget how many of our day-to-day activities rely on having a healthy spine until said spine is badly damaged. Even from minor trauma, a spinal cord injury can make it difficult to sleep comfortably, play with your kids, or perform well at your job without some level of pain. With more serious injuries, that pain can be far more debilitating and last for years, if not your entire life.
If you have been in an accident, your biggest concerns are getting your medical bills covered in an insurance claim. However, after doing some research and reading up on personal injury or auto accident claims, you may have discovered that you can recover more than just your medical bills. In the state of California, victims can pursue both the financial costs of an accident, or economic damages, and the personal costs, or non-economic damages. Sadly, many accident victims neglect to include the personal costs of an accident, which can include the loss of enjoyment of life. But what is a “loss of enjoyment” and how can you include it in your claim?
November through January is one of the deadliest times to drive a vehicle due to the increase of cars on the road. Not surprisingly, additional cars on the road lead to the increased chance of getting into an accident, especially during the peak travel days. The holiday season has been proven to be the riskiest time of year for drivers due to weather conditions and drunk driving accidents. Car accidents due to alcohol consumption skyrocket during the holiday season. In fact, an average of 300 people died in drunk driving crashes the week between Christmas and New Year over the past 5 years. In addition, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 781 people lost their lives due to drunk driving crashes in 2016 between Christmas and New Year.
Very few Californians have the spare cash to handle a sudden injury. From emergency room visits to invasive surgeries to physical therapy, a single accident can cost the average family tens of thousands of dollars. While you may be able to recover the full costs of your injuries in a personal injury claim, the entire process can take over a year. During that period, you may be worried about how to cover your medical expenses and may even be tempted to accept a lowball settlement offer from the at-fault insurance company to get your initial bills covered.
As parents, nothing is more important than making sure your child is taken care of, especially if they suffer from a serious medical condition. After an auto accident or dog bite, you may be scared, confused, and worried about how to get them proper treatment and pay for any long-term injuries. While you may assume that a child injury case is more straightforward, it is important to understand how these cases different from your standard personal injury claim.
The freedom of riding over the open road can be enjoyed by just about anyone. Riders come from all demographics and their bikes are often just as diverse as they are. In fact, you are just as likely to see an older rider than a younger one. Many of them have exceptional driving records and decades of experience operating their motorcycles.
With the Fall Season finally upon us and setting our clocks back on Sunday, November 1st, our days are about to get darker much sooner, and each year we see an increase in slip and fall accidents and auto accidents as a result of the autumn time change.
Here are a few things you really need to know about slip and fall accidents and how best to protect yourself and your loved ones during this season.
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