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Alhambra CA Personal Injury Law Blog

Suffering a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident

Many Los Angeles residents who ride motorcycles are probably cognizant of the fact that if they are involved in an accident on these smaller, lighter vehicles, they may suffer injuries. As a result, many motorcyclists wear quite a bit of protective gear when they ride, none more important than a helmet.

However, the worst-case scenario, when a motorcycle accident occurs, even a helmet isn't enough to prevent severe injuries.

Police chase ends in significant crash in Southern California

Relatively speaking, police chases aren't that uncommon in the Southern California area, which is one of the most populous places in the country. But, when such a police chase ends in a collision that leads to significant property damage and injuries, that is another matter altogether.

That is what occurred in a recent incident, in which a suspect in a stolen vehicle led police on a chase through San Fernando Valley during the morning hours on April 3. The suspect was in a stolen pickup truck when the vehicle slammed into multiple vehicles, causing a chain reaction accident that left multiple people with injuries.

What should you know about the deadly impact of drunk driving?

As one of the largest cities in America, Los Angeles has just as much of a problem when it comes to drunk drivers on the roads as the rest of the country.

But, the traffic in Los Angeles is usually much heavier than it is in in other parts of the country. That may make it more likely that any one of our readers in the greater Los Angeles area could have the unfortunate circumstance of encountering a drunk driver on the road.

Large trucks can cause large-scale destruction and injuries

Our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know the potential danger that drivers on the roads in Los Angeles may be in when they are around semi-trucks. These large vehicles weigh thousands of pounds more than the average passenger vehicle. As a result, the damage and injuries that can be caused when a semi-truck collides with a smaller vehicle can be devastating.

However, it isn't just semi-trucks that Los Angeles residents need to be on the lookout for when they are out on the roads and highways in the greater metropolitan area. In fact, large trucks such as delivery trucks, buses and other vehicles with commercial uses can also cause devastation at a similar scale to what a person might see in a collision between an automobile and a semi-truck. Again, the weight disparity can trigger all sorts of concerns when a smaller vehicle is struck by a larger vehicle.

Wrongful death claims can provide a family with resources

After the unexpected loss of a loved one, a family in Los Angeles can be left reeling. Most of our readers have probably heard about the "stages of grief," but these stages can be harder when the surviving family members had no way to see the death coming. This is often the case in incidents that involve negligent or reckless behavior that causes the death. In short, the family members want answers.

A wrongful death claim that is pursued in the aftermath of a loved one's death may provide the answers that the surviving family members desire. Such a claim may also lead to an award of financial resources, which the family members can use to pay off medical bills that accumulated due to their loved one's death, or perhaps for funeral expenses, or just the family's attempts to move on with their lives.

Know the basics about wrongful death cases in California

Many of our readers in California have probably seen news reports before about families who decide to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit after a loved one is killed as a result of another person's negligent or reckless conduct. However, some people may not know the basics about wrongful death lawsuits. This knowledge can be crucial when making a decision to take legal action.

First, it is important to understand that a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action intended to pursue financial compensation from the party responsible for the death in question. But, depending on the facts of the case, a criminal case may also be underway at the same time based on the same death, if the party who caused the death violated a criminal statute in the process. These two legal cases would be completely separate from each other, even though they are based on the same incident and might even share a lot of the same evidence.

What types of damages can you pursue after a motorcycle accident?

The weather in Southern California has been unseasonably cool lately, but still warm enough for many residents to ride their motorcycles. Unlike much of the rest of the country, Southern California residents don't have to put their motorcycles up for the winter and wait for the coming spring months to get back on the road. Unfortunately, although Southern California weather typically provides for year-round motorcycling, that also means that motorcycle accidents can occur at any time of the year.

If a Southern California resident is involved in a motorcycle accident, what types of damages could the injured individual pursue in a personal injury lawsuit? Well, for starters, medical expenses are usually one of the biggest costs for an injured motorcyclist. These types of accidents will usually result in serious injuries for a motorcyclist and any passengers, including the possibility of head injuries, brain injuries and even spinal injuries. The treatment for injuries and future medical expenses for these types of injuries can be substantial.

Understanding what recovery looks like after a car accident

Most people in the Los Angeles area have probably seen vehicles on the side of the road in the immediate aftermath of a car accident. Typically, these accidents can delay our commutes and make us wonder how the accident occurred and who was at fault. Unfortunately, for those who are involved in such serious car accidents, traffic delays are usually the least of their concerns.

Anyone who has suffered a serious injury in a car accident may have a long road to recovery ahead of them. Once the injuries have been stabilized and a plan is in place for the requisite medical treatment and any ongoing therapy and rehabilitation, it is important for a car accident victim to understand what recovery looks like for their own unique injuries.

Pickup truck slams into crowd, injures several pedestrians

Many of our Los Angeles readers have probably heard the reports about a horrific incident that occurred recently in nearby Fullerton, in which a man driving a pickup truck jumped a curb in the vehicle and slammed into several pedestrians who were in a crowd along the street. The incident occurred on the evening of February 9.

According to the reports, the 22-year-old man who was driving the pickup truck was subsequently arrested on drunk driving charges. Now, it appears that the primary goal of the investigation of the incident is to determine whether or not the man drove his pickup truck into the crowd intentionally. Apparently, several of the people in the crowd knew the driver of the pickup truck from high school. If he did drive his vehicle into the crowd intentionally, he will likely be facing much more serious charges than DUI charges.

Drowsy driving could cause truck accidents in Los Angeles

Most drivers in the Los Angeles area have probably had times when they felt pretty tired while behind the wheel. After all, many people are involved in daily commutes either early in the morning or after a long, hard day of work. Unfortunately, drivers who are drowsy while behind the wheel can put all other drivers and passengers on the road in danger.

This is particularly true when it comes to truck drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2017 alone, almost 800 deaths in traffic accidents in America were directly attributed to drowsy driving. Beyond that one year, from 2011 to 2015, NHTSA statistics show that over 4,100 people in America died due to drowsy driving accidents.

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