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Alhambra CA Personal Injury Law Blog

Legal options after truck accident injuries

Car accidents between passenger vehicles are common, especially in rush hour traffic in Los Angeles. However, the relative frequency of these types of accidents should not overshadow how common it is for a large vehicle, like a semi-truck, to cause an accident. Like all accident victims, truck accident victims who have suffered injuries may have legal options.

However, despite the availability of potential legal options for these accident victims, it is important to move quickly after a truck accident. This is because the truck company will be moving fast on its own, doing its best to limit the company's exposure to legal liability. In fact, the company's strategy may even be to attempt to pin the blame for the accident on the driver of the passenger vehicle that was involved.

Wrongful death claim filed based on police shooting

Californians and millions of Americans throughout the country, are currently living in a particularly racially charged atmosphere. There is nothing that produces more racially-based angst among the population than a police shooting - particularly when the victim is an African-American who was shot by police officers. One family in California experienced this type of tragedy, and it appears that they are taking the necessary steps to move forward with a wrongful death lawsuit.

According to a recent report, the family of a 22-year-old African-American man who was shot by police officers in Sacramento has filed a wrongful death claim with the city. As the report notes, such a move is usually the first step in the process in order to move forward with a wrongful death lawsuit. All told, the family of the victim is reportedly seeking over $15 million in damages from the city of Sacramento. The shooting in this case occurred in March of this year. The reports indicate that the two police officers who were responsible for the shooting believed that the victim was armed with a handgun at the time but, in fact, he only had a cellphone.

State law seeks to track number of marijuana-impaired drivers

It is no secret that California, among other states, has begun to loosen certain restrictions on the possession and use of marijuana. To many people, this has been a cause to rejoice, but, for others, there has been a dangerous consequence: the impact of marijuana-impaired drivers on the roads.

A recent report detailed a start to addressing the problem. The report indicates that a state law is being proposed - which is backed by the state Controller - which would require law enforcement officials in California to collect data on how many people they stop for impaired driving who appear to be under the influence of marijuana. The Controller has a compelling reason to back the law: she herself was injured in a car accident that was reportedly caused by a driver who was under the influence of marijuana.

What the common ways that truck drivers cause accidents?

There is no shortage of "big rigs" on the streets and highways of California. Each one of these vehicles is presumed to have a trained and competent driver at the wheel. Unfortunately, we all know that is not the case. There are hundreds of truck accidents in California each year, leaving many people with devastating injuries to recover from, or even causing death.

So, what are the common ways that truck drivers cause accidents in California? Well, for starters, some drivers simply have not received the proper training. Operating a semi-truck or other large commercial or transportation-size vehicle is much different from operating a normal passenger car. Big rig drivers are expected to receive specialized training and, in fact, oftentimes are required to have a completely different type of driver's license than most other drivers. When truck drivers do not receive the appropriate training, they become a danger behind the wheel of a massive vehicle sharing the road with other drivers.

Know your options after a motorcycle accident

Our readers in California are likely used to seeing daily reports about car accidents that occur on local roads. After all, car accidents are incredibly common and are the cause of thousands of injuries and deaths each year. However, another type of vehicle accident is sometimes overlooked: motorcycle accidents.

Car accidents may be more common, but motorcycle accidents have the potential to be even more deadly. Motorcyclists do not have the protection that comes with being enclosed in a vehicle; they are open to the elements, and a collision with a larger vehicle could lead to devastating injuries that may take months or even years to recover from.

The danger of driving drunk

Everyone knows that drunk driving is dangerous, and California is no exception to the dangers these reckless and negligent drivers present. People who decide to get behind the wheel of a car after consuming too much alcohol are putting themselves and others at risk.

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, data shows that approximately 29 people die in America each day due to accidents caused by drunk drivers. This comes at a cost of $44 billion annually. That's not to mention the emotional anguish that families go through when they lose a loved one in a car accident caused by a drunk driver.

Hit-and-run in Los Angeles results in pedestrian fatality

It is a sad reality that fatal pedestrian-auto collisions are quite common in America. Los Angeles, as the second-largest city in the country, obviously sees its fair share of these tragic accidents. A recent report detailed one incident that was made even worse by the fact that it was a hit-and-run.

According to the report, a woman in her 40s was struck and killed near the intersection of Central Avenue and 84th Place in the early morning hours of August 2. The reports indicate that not only was the woman struck by a vehicle - she was also dragged approximately three blocks. The woman died at the scene.

What are the basics of a wrongful death claim?

Thousands of California residents die from natural causes every year. But, there are some who lose loved ones because of another person's negligence. When this occurs, the surviving family members may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim to recover financial compensation for their loss.

So, what are the basics of a wrongful death claim? First, there must have been a death. The death must have been caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person. Some of the typical causes of death due to negligence or recklessness are motor vehicle accidents and medical malpractice.

Truck jackknifes are preventable accidents

One of the scariest type of truck accidents involves a scenario in which the cab of the semi moves in a different direction than its trailer, also known as a jackknife. In a jackknife, the trailer may sweep other vehicles off the road or in to one another.

These accidents can leave other drivers with serious injuries, some even proving fatal.

Number of motorcycle deaths, injuries have been improving

Recent reports have some good news for motorcyclists in the Los Angeles area. Specifically, the number of motorcyclists who get hurt or die on the roads across the country has been on a steady decline over the last decade or so.

For example, in 2007, there were 5,174 fatalities, but there were almost 1.5 million fewer motorcycles registered for road use as well. The fatality rate for every 100,000 registered vehicles was just a hair over 72.

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