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Alhambra CA Personal Injury Law Blog

Two fatal car crash incidents kill pedestrians in Los Angeles

Since Los Angeles is a city that often requires people to use their vehicles to get back and forth and many people decide to avoid that by riding a bicycle or walking, there are often auto accidents between cars and pedestrians. The vulnerability of pedestrians is inherent. When hit by a car, they can suffer a litany of injuries and even lose their lives. To make the situation worse, many drivers will decide that they will flee rather than make sure the person who was hurt gets the help needed. This makes it a hit and run. After these accidents those who were hurt or lost a loved one should remember their rights and protect themselves by finding legal help.

Two separate fatal hit and run accidents occurred not far from each other. One happened in the early-morning hours shortly before 4 a.m. A man, 61, was crossing the street in the crosswalk when he was hit by a car. He was on the ground when he was hit again by a Chevrolet Traverse. The first vehicle fled. The driver of the Chevy stayed at the scene. The man was declared dead at the site of the accident. Two days earlier around a mile away, a woman who was also 61 was hit by more than one vehicle and those vehicles fled. She also died. Law enforcement is seeking the hit and run drivers and has offered a reward.

Technology to avoid a pedestrian-car crash not always effective

In Los Angeles, across California and throughout the U.S., pedestrian safety is one of the biggest topics of discussion for lawmakers and law enforcement. Since the problem of pedestrians being injured and losing their lives in a car collision has grown so significantly in recent years, there are numerous steps being taken to try to make the street safer. With texting and driving and other distracted driving behaviors added to previous everyday risks, people must be vigilant. When there is a pedestrian-car accident, there can be multiple problems because of it. A legal filing is often the most viable strategy to recover compensation.

One way to improve safety that is garnering significant attention is vehicles having a built-in feature to stop if there is a pedestrian in front of it. New research is assessing this innovation and has yielded worrying results. According to AAA, vehicles equipped with a system in which it will automatically brake if there is a pedestrian in its path has worked less than 50% of the time. If it was a child, it only worked 11% of the time when the vehicle was traveling at 20 miles per hour. In the study, four late-model vehicles that had the braking technology were tested. They were driven with dummies the size of pedestrians being moved in front of them.

What kinds of damages can I recover for me car accident injuries?

Car accident victims can suffer serious trauma and injuries in an unexpected car accident and can also wind up facing significant expenses as a result they may not know what to do with. Fortunately, a personal injury claim for damages can help with those expenses and also aid them in the recovery process as they focus on healing and may be unable to work as medical expenses pile up all around them.

Victims of car accidents may have the option to pursue a personal injury claim for damages against the negligent driver responsible for causing their accident. As a result, they should ensure they have all of their questions answered about the types of damages they may be able to recover. Car accident victims may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses and future medical care costs if their injuries require ongoing treatment and care.

Woman apprehended after fleeing fatal hit and run car accident

News broke of a fatal accident near Los Angeles, in which a father was killed and an additional four people were injured. There had been a hunt for the woman, who had allegedly fled to Mexico, after fleeing the scene of the crash.

She was recently apprehended, two months after the fatal Father's Day crash.

Texting and driving is illegal in California

Cell phones have become a regular part of the average person's life. We live entire lives through our cell phones. We can connect with friends and family, pay bills, check in with our work and even create things. Really, we live two lives, one in the real world and one in the virtual world. However, there is a time where the two worlds should not overlap.

That time is when a driver is behind the wheel. California has strict laws about cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle. There is a hand-held ban and a texting ban on all drivers. This means the phone cannot be used to speak on if it's being held in a driver's hand and it definitely can't be used for any other reason, like texting.

Three different parties that could be sued after truck accident

When involved in a car accident or truck accident, a person's first instinct is to blame the driver of the other vehicle. While a person may be spot on that fault lies totally or partially with the driver of the other vehicle, there could be more to the story.

The truck company which employs the truck driver could be liable for a number of reasons. For one, employers are usually legally responsible for the negligence of their employees. Moreover, trucking companies and otherwise in the shipping industry themselves are obligated to operate in accordance with laws and other standards that can mean that liability falls partially or totally with the transportation company, even if the driver was not an employee.

Wrongful death damages may be appropriate after fatal accident

The most important aspect of our lives is the relationship we build with friends and family members. While those relationships will not last forever, it's really difficult when they are cut short prematurely due to a loved one's fatal accident. Getting the news that a family member has died suddenly in a fatal accident can be devastating. Finding ways forward after suffering such a horrific loss is important for those who were left behind.

That's where filing a wrongful death suit comes into play. A wrongful death claim alleges that negligence was present that contributed to, or caused, a person's fatal accident.

Motorcyclist killed in truck accident

Although countless journeys out on the open road are completed without incident, it only takes a second for something to go tragically wrong. Recently, a crash happened just outside Los Angeles that resulted in a fatality. It involved a motorcyclist, a passenger vehicle and a truck in the combined truck accident.

The specifics of how the crash happened weren't immediately reported, but the results were harrowing. At some point, a big rig hauling cardboard boxes came into contact with a motorcyclist and a passenger vehicle, resulting in a fiery crash during morning rush hour on Pleasant Valley Road. Because the big rig was essentially hauling kindling (the cardboard boxes), it didn't take much of a spark to send everything up in flames.

What does a wrongful death suit accomplish?

It's possible that a loved one's death was one of the most unexpected, and most traumatic things, that has ever happened to you. Picking up the pieces after such a loss can take time and effort. It may be in the best interests of loved ones left behind to file a wrongful death suit. The process of seeking a wrongful death suit could also honor the person's memory who unexpectedly lost their life.

Wrongful death lawsuits can compensate the surviving family of a victim for their damages, including lost income, loss of companionship and more. While nothing can replace a loved one who was taken from a family too soon, these monetary losses are very real, and families deserve compensation for them.

Obtaining all information available after a car accident

Every driver and passenger on Alhambra roads has the right to safety and well-being. This is the most important driving factor behind the laws pertaining to drunk and intoxicated driving.

It's proven that intoxicated driving is dangerous for drivers and other people on the road because of the way alcohol and other drugs affect the body's systems. So how does probable cause come into play for the driver who is alleged to have caused drunk driving accident and injuries?

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