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A statute of limitations is a time limit imposed by law for filing a lawsuit, after which your claim is barred. California has different statutes of limitations for different types of lawsuits. For example, it is one year for libel or slander, three years for fraud, and four years for the collection of rents. For personal injury matters, including car accidents, the statute of limitations is two years.
By Jim Ballidis
An automobile accident can be traumatic and frustrating. You may be the victim of a drunk or inattentive driver. That driver walks away from the collision unharmed while you suffer the consequences for months or even years afterward.
How can you regain peace while you’re recovering from an accident?
By Jim Ballidis
I hear this question often from prospective clients. Everyone tends to think “I can do it myself!” In the age of the DIY internet, I certainly have that opinion about a lot of projects I handle, unrelated to law. The idea is that if you handle the case, you can avoid any attorneys’ fees. Otherwise, why bother with the hassle?
Unfortunately, most of us will probably be involved in a car accident at some point. Though you may not be able to guess exactly how you’ll react to a crash, knowing what to expect can make this unpleasant experience less overwhelming.
In the mobile world we live in today, it’s impossible not to hear about the dangers of using a cell phone or texting while driving. What you might not know is the level of danger involved when walking and texting and the staggering increase of related personal injury accidents.
Pedestrian accidents are often caused due to a decreased level of attentiveness happening while walking and using cell phones. Pedestrians actually do not always have the right-of-way and they have a duty and obligation to pay attention and watch where they are walking.
The attention focused on distracted driving has raised public awareness about the dangers of attempting to multi-task while operating a motor vehicle. While traditional distractions like chatting with passengers, adjusting the radio, reading a newspaper, and grooming continue to be a problem, most government safety campaigns have focused on the dangers posed by electronic devices like cell phones. Certainly, these types of distractions justify the attention garnered by government regulators and media sources, but parents face a serious distraction that receives much less attention – their kids sitting in the backseat.
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While many people are aware of the epidemic involving drunk and distracted drivers, fewer motorists are aware of a cause of serious auto accidents that poses a comparable danger. Sleep-deprived motorists cause approximately 100,000 vehicle collisions reported to police annually according to the National Sleep Foundation. The organization’s website also estimates that these sleep-deprived crashes cause injury to 71,000 people and 1,550 fatalities each year.
The attention focused on distracted driving has raised public awareness considerably regarding the dangers of attempting to multi-task while operating a motor vehicle. While traditional distractions like chatting with passengers, adjusting the radio, reading a newspaper, and grooming continue to be a problem, most government safety campaigns have focused on the dangers posed by electronic devices like cellphones. Certainly, these types of distractions justify the attention garnered by government regulators and media sources, but there are three prevalent forms of distraction that many motorist never even consider a problem:
A fatal Southern California crash during a street race has claimed the lives of three people with the tragic news of the death of actor Paul Walker while street racing still fresh in the memory of many Orange County residents. According to a media report, two drivers were racing when one of the motorists lost control of his vehicle and swerved into a UPS big rig truck. The UPS truck crashed into a center divider and flipped over before colliding with two other approaching vehicles. An explosion was triggered by the crash between the vehicles according to a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Three people died at the scene, and four more suffered injury. While street racing constitutes a negligent driving practice that could give rise to liability to those injured or killed and their families, this incident raises a number of confounding issues.
Shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 9th, a drunk driver caused the multiple-vehicle accident on California Highway 125 near La Mesa that killed 73-year-old Celia Torres and 16-year-old David Gonzalez. While traveling in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, 39-year-old Justin Foulds failed to decelerate for slowing traffic and rear-ended a Nissan Pathfinder, the impact sending it into a Lincoln, causing that vehicle to crash into a Ford truck. The Silverado and the Pathfinder became engulfed in flames. Foulds was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, explains a California personal injury lawyer.
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