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May 2015 Archives

Cause of truck, bus accident remains a mystery

The deaths of both drivers involved in a bus and truck accident that occurred on April 10, 2014, appear to have hindered efforts by the California Highway Patrol to determine the cause of the accident. After conducting a one-year long investigation of the head-on collision, the California Highway Patrol announced that it was unable to determine the cause of the accident.

Is lane-splitting legal in California?

The last post on this blog discussed the circumstances of a motorcycle accident in which the cyclist's passenger was killed. The police report stated that the cyclist had been "lane-splitting" just before the accident. The legality of lane-splitting has stirred much debate among the California Highway Patrol, the state legislature, motorcycle clubs and others. As the result of this debate, the question that provides the title for this post does not have a clear answer.

Motorcycle passenger dies in freeway collision

When Californians hear the phrase "motorcycle accident," they commonly assume that the driver of the bike was injured, perhaps seriously. But motorcycles often carry passengers, too. A recent accident on Interstate 5 in Commerce demonstrates the risks to which motorcycle passengers are often exposed, especially in a motorcycle accident.

What is a "structured settlement"?

Many lawsuits resulting from auto accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents never come to trial because the parties are able to agree upon a sum of money that that will compensate the victims and that the defendant -- or, more likely, the defendant's insurer -- is willing to pay. Most Californians, however, have never heard of a special type of settlement that is known as a structured settlement.

Motorcyclist killed by alleged DUI driver in Lancaster

Most California motorcyclists are taught to take extensive safety precautions while riding their bikes, but even the most careful driver is at the mercy of automobile or truck drivers who are not careful or who may be incapacitated by alcohol or drugs. A glaring example of the helplessness of a law-abiding bike rider was demonstrated by a motorcycle accident in Lancaster, California when a 59-year-old motorcyclist was killed by a driver who is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.

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