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Alhambra CA Personal Injury Law Blog

What if you're partly to blame for causing an accident?

It is not hard to imagine a scenario where more then one person, or more then one contributing factor may be the cause of an accident. Nevertheless, when you are injured as the result of an accident, even if you were partly at fault, you still want to know what your legal rights and remedies are. Who will be responsible for the high cost of medical bills, vehicle repairs and other damages?

When you are involved in a multi-vehicle accident, it is often the case that more then one party will be partially, but not entirely at fault. Imagine a situation where you are traveling through a crowded intersection and you are speeding through a green light, another driver is texting and fails to fully stop at the red light before taking a right hand turn; due to your high rate of speed you are unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. You and the other driver both suffer significant injuries and damage to your respective vehicles. Who is responsible?

Vulnerability and liability in motorcycle accidents

It is undeniable that the joys and freedoms of motorcycle riding also come with some significant risks. Because motorcyclists are exposed to the environment, they are far more vulnerable than car drivers if they are involved in an accident. Thus, accidents between a car and a motorcycle often lead to catastrophic injury or death for the motorcyclist even when the car driver suffers minimal injury.

Motorcycles face other circumstances and dangers that have the potential to cause these deadly collisions. For instance, the small size of a motorcycle compared with other vehicles often makes them difficult to see for other drivers. Additionally, as a result of their size and their two-wheel design, they are often far more susceptible to road hazards such as potholes, construction and debris. Many motorcycle accidents may also be caused by design or manufacturing defects, which cause the motorcycle not to function properly or to become unsafe while operating.

What are some common causes of truck accidents?

There are a lot of questions that need to be answered after a serious truck accident. Aside from the most essential things, like how to deal with the immediate aftermath of an injury or death, there are also lots of questions about how the accident came to happen in the first place. Knowing what caused a truck accident is important not only because it brings a sense of peace and closure to the situation but also because cause an important consider when it comes to whether a victim should sue for his or her damages.

There are a number of reasons that truck accidents happen even though a Los Angeles county resident was being as careful as possible around the truck. While it is difficult to simplify all the reasons a truck driver might cause an accident, there are three basic categories in to which these accidents might fall.

Medical malpractice is often the cause of untimely deaths

When people in Los Angeles think of a wrongful death case, their first thought might be about a fatal car accident or other tragic fatal accident that unnecessarily takes the life of Californian prematurely. What people might not think of, however, is how often medical malpractice causes an untimely death. Although they often happen in circumstances where people are already sick or injured, incidents of fatal medical malpractice are also preventable, and the families of malpractice victims deserve to seek out compensation for their loss.

According to one report, medical error ought to be considered the third lead cause of death in the country, claiming the lives of 250,000 people. The report pointed to the fact that death due to medical malpractice has for many years not been counted as an official cause of death in generally accepted medical coding. Therefore, what might be listed as a "heart failure" could actually be a case of malpractice.

Girl dies, others injured after man slams in to taco stand

A girl from the Los Angeles area has died after a car hit her and two other people who were standing near a taco stand. The girl was 11 years old.

Police have filed vehicular manslaughter charges against the driver of the vehicle that struck the taco stand. The driver's passenger, whom police described as a "juvenile" was also arrested on drug-related charges. The driver of the vehicle is 21 years old.

Helping Los Angeles area victim of dangerous drugs

As part of its wrongful death and personal injury practice, our law office represents victims of dangerous prescription drugs and treatments. California residents, after all, have the right to expect that the drugs that are on the shelves of this state's pharmacies are safe to use as prescribed.

When this turns out not to be the case, as is the situation all too often, a person can either die or be left permanently debilitated because of the drug. Unfortunately, many pharmaceutical companies try to avoid responsibility for these tragedies in an effort to be able to protect brand to pay as little in compensation as possible to the victims.

How drugs get approved pulled

As a recent post explained, our law office represents California residents who have been victims of dangerous drugs and had to suffer through very serious and potentially fatal side effects. Specifically, we help victims file products liability or medical malpractice actions. If the victim died because of the drug, we help the family of the victim file a wrongful death case against the drug manufacturer and other responsible parties.

Some might wonder, though, whether these drugs are really all that dangerous when, after all, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the federal agency in charge of product safety with respect to prescription medication, approved the drug for sale.

New report shows Baby Boomer motorcyclists at risk

The Baby Boomer generation that first thought of motorcycles as something cool as opposed to a sign of criminal activity and to a large extent mainstreamed motorcycle riding are now seeing a spike in the number of injuries and deaths related to motorcycle accidents.

According to a recent report by the American Automobile Association, or AAA, which has been summarized in the major media, the rate of people over 60 who die in motorcycle collisions spiked sharply in 2016 relative to other age groups. The report said that the increase in fatalities was more than quadruple that of other age groups, although the number of motorcycle-related deaths did increase overall. Specifically, while motorcycle deaths increased just a bit over 5 percent between 2016 and the prior year, the number of people over 60 who died increased over 20 percent.

Cell phone use, texting sharply restricted for many truckers

Although many states have their own texting and driving laws, many California truckers also have to follow federal trucking regulations that further limit a commercial driver from using his or her phone or other electronic device while driving. As with most other safety rules, these regulations are ultimately designed to prevent a serious tractor-trailer accident from being caused by a distracted truck driver.

For its part, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration concluded that when a trucker or other commercial driver chooses to text while driving, they are over 20 times more likely to be involved in what the FMCSA calls a safety-critical event, a term which includes drifting in to another lane or a near miss as well as an actual accident. This isn't surprising given that the typical person who texted loss sight of the road for almost 5 seconds.

What is third party liability when it comes to work accidents?

Like other states in the country, California has a workers' compensation system. What this means for family members trying to recover from the loss of their loved one after a fatal workplace accident in Los Angeles County is that they can hope for some help via workers' compensation.

Specifically, after a fatal accident, an employer's workers' compensation insurance should pick up all or at least part of the tab for final medical bills, funeral expenses and lost wages. While this will offer some assistance to a family that has lost a breadwinner, workers' compensation many times does not cover all expenses and does not pay for the emotional trauma of losing a loved one at all.

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