Car Accidents | Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie Blog - Part 2
What happens to your loan if your leased vehicle is involved in an accident and is a total loss? Previously, as the leasor of the vehicle, you would be entitled to keep any equity the vehicle may have when the total loss loan is paid to the lien holder. However, finance companies are now writing into their contracts that they get to keep any equity in the vehicle, leaving you without a car or a down payment to put into a new car. What do you think? Are these new practices fair?
How can a black box from a car or truck help following an accident? More and more vehicles now contain black boxes or onboard computers.
The boxes can show speed immediately before an accident, braking activity, and even if the driver had their seatbelt on, along with other relevant information before impact. The onboard computer can be helpful in providing speed and evasive maneuvers after a wreck – which is helpful specifically in truck accidents.
It is important to preserve this evidence as soon as possible following an accident.
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Sometimes it just takes “rolling up our shirt sleeves” to uncover favorable evidence for our clients’ when they have been involved in a personal injury incident. For example, our office recently settled a case for a client referred to as “C.R.” who was involved in a motor vehicle accident, when another driver ran a red light and broadsided her vehicle. The reason this accident occurred, according to the opposing driver, was that our client C.R. ran the red light. However, there were no independent witnesses in this situation, and the police were unable to determine which driver was at fault.
The adverse insurance carrier denied C.R.’s property damage claim, arguing that the accident was C.R.’s fault. Following the accident, our client was left without the use of her car and an outstanding loan on the vehicle. In addition to her property damage, C.R. sustained injuries that required emergency medical treatment, follow-up, and ongoing medical attention.
With a fresh year now in full motion, if you’re like most of us, you’ve made several new year resolutions you whole-heartedly planned and expect to keep. From increased fitness programs and debt resolution—to more time spent with family and frequent vacations—the list can be endless. But some of the smartest and most important resolutions—that could actually extend your life—are about being safer on the roads.
As personal injury attorneys Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie, we see first-hand the life-changing devastation car accidents can cause. So our attorneys at have put together a list of eight, new year driving resolutions we hope you find thought-provoking.
We have found through the years that many accidents are caused by young, inexperienced drivers. National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 17 -23. Some thoughts on teaching your teens to drive.
With more people working from home there are fewer vehicles on the freeways and city streets. However, due to the lack of normal traffic, we are seeing higher speeds resulting in crashes with more property damage and more severe injuries. As always, when traveling on public roads, obey all posted speed limits and be watchful of those who are speeding. NEVER try to minimize the speed of cars around you by intentionally placing your vehicle in their way. Just move away and allow them to go their way. You will be safer in the long run.
Recalling every little detail of a crash can be almost impossible when you have just been in one. You may be stunned by the sheer violence of the collision and even more disoriented if you suffered a serious injury, such as a head wound. While you may be able to explain your specific actions leading up to the collision, you likely will not be able to break down every step that contributed to the accident.
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 the 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 all understand the dangers of driving under the influence, but drowsy driving should also be a major concern when getting on the road. A lack of sleep can mimic the effects of alcohol or drugs, making it difficult for you to stay awake, pay attention to the road, respond to other vehicles or traffic lights, and stay in your lane. When someone drives fatigued and causes a car accident, an experienced attorney can hold them liable for any injuries they caused in a claim for damages.
Before a vehicle can get on the road, it must go through thorough testing and inspections to ensure all safety features are fully functional and the risk of serious injuries is low. Many people are aware of crash tests, but vehicles are also tested in environments such as Germany’s Nurburgring test track, public roads, different weather patterns, and varied road conditions. These thorough reviews can not only identify the unique qualities that make a vehicle special, but also under what conditions it can become involved in an accident. In most cases, this may lead a manufacturer to issue a redesign or to correct a faulty part. However, there are situations where cars fail and still end up on our roadways.
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