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Alhambra CA Personal Injury Law Blog

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.

Another police shooting leads to wrongful death lawsuit

Our readers may have seen a previous post that discussed a wrongful death lawsuit based on a police shooting that was settled recently. It seems that these types of incidents are popping up in the news all too frequently these days, for all the wrong reasons.

According to a recent report, another wrongful death lawsuit is being pursued in California after a different police shooting incident. The reports indicate that this most recent lawsuit is based on the shooting death of a 22-year-old man in Sacramento. The initial paperwork for the lawsuit states that the man's family is seeking $20 million from the City of Sacramento.

Understand your injury and the potential compensation

Thousands of Southern California residents ride motorcycles rather than driving cars. There are many reasons why they do so, but, whatever the reason, motorcyclists should be aware that other drivers may be the greatest danger they face on the road. You can be a great motorcycle rider, with years of experience, and still face the danger of a driver who isn't paying attention. Motorcycles accidents almost always end with an injury - or worse - for the motorcyclist, while the driver of the motor vehicle may walk away unharmed.

In the aftermath of a motorcycle accident that causes an injury, it is important for victims to understand the full nature of their injury. For some, they may feel lucky if they come out of the incident with only broken bones. Others will face far more serious injuries, such as brain or spinal cord injuries. And, of course, some motorcycle accidents result in the death of the rider.

Settlement reached in police shooting wrongful death case

California residents are, unfortunately, all too familiar with police shootings that occur in the state. The issue has serious implications for law enforcement officials and residents throughout the state. In some cases, police shootings result in legal action on the part of the families of the person who was killed by law enforcement officials. That was the case in Sacramento, when a wrongful death lawsuit was filed based on a police shooting that occurred in 2016.

According to the reports, the wrongful death lawsuit in question was based on an incident that occurred that year in which a man who was reportedly struggling through a "mental health crisis" was shot several times by a sheriff's deputy. After an extensive investigation of the incident, the deputy in question will not face criminal charges. However, Sacramento County was the named defendant in the lawsuit filed by the man's family, and now, there are reports that a tentative settlement agreement has been reached in the case, which will result in a reported $7 million going to the man's family.

Understanding the path forward after a car accident

Every day millions of people in Southern California leave their homes to commute to work or school, and none of them expects to be involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, car accidents occur every day and the sad reality is that some of them involve injuries, which can sometimes be quite serious. Such an incident can be a serious shock to the individual who is injured and their family members, as they attempt to understand the path forward after the car accident.

For starters, the immediate concern in the aftermath of a serious car accident is that the injured victims get the medical attention they need. However, as the treatment bills begin to rack up, victims and their families will begin to get concerned about how they will pay for these expenses. If the car accident was not the fault of the injured victim, it may be possible to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to attempt to recover financial compensation.

What are the basic elements of a wrongful death case?

The untimely death of a loved one can come as a shock to any California family. However, when the death is caused by another party's negligence or reckless conduct, the period of time when the family is grieving and attempting to move forward can be incredibly difficult. In such a situation, the surviving family members of the deceased loved one may be inclined to look into the possibility of pursuing a wrongful death claim.

So, what are the basic elements of a wrongful death case? Well, for starters, the facts of the case must obviously involve the death of a person. Next, there must be facts to establish that the death in question was caused by another party through either reckless or negligent conduct. From there, the surviving family members must prove that they have suffered financially due to the wrongful death of the loved one.

Common causes of motorcycle accidents in California

There are plenty of people in Southern California who ride motorcycles to travel to where they need to go. But, despite the joy that motorcyclists get from using these vehicles, we all know that there are some risks involved in riding a motorcycle, particularly from other drivers on the roads. That is why our readers in Southern California need to know some of the common causes of motorcycle accidents.

A large percentage of motorcycle accidents occur because another motorist turns into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. This is probably because motorcycles present a smaller profile on the road, which may make it harder for the motorcycle to be seen by other drivers. Regardless, that is no excuse for negligence behind the wheel. Other motorists are obligated to take the proper precautions in order to be on the lookout for all other types of vehicles, including motorcycles.

Busy holiday season travel schedules can lead to car accidents

As California residents have started celebrating the holiday season around Christmas and New Year's Day, many are taking to the roads to travel across the state or even across the country, to visit with friends and family members. The holiday season is always a busy time for traveling, but, in our efforts to visit with our loved ones, drivers and passengers in vehicles may be putting their lives in danger. More travelers on the roads means an increased possibility of car accidents.

A recent article noted that an estimated 14 million residents were expected to travel at some point over the holiday season. Many will be flying to their destinations, but even more are expected to travel on the roads. All told, according to the report, there will likely be 700,000 more residents traveling this year than there were last year.

Crafting a strong case after a truck accident

Being involved in any type of car accident can be a scary situation but being in a collision that was caused by a large truck can be the worst possible scenario. These types of collisions often leave victims with life-changing injuries and, in some cases, the collisions cause fatalities. Anyone in Southern California who has been injured in a truck accident will need to know how to move fast to establish a strong case.

If the truck accident was the fault of the truck driver, or perhaps due to a maintenance or regulation violation on the truck itself, it can be possible for the injured victims to pursue a personal injury claim. However, acting quickly can be crucial. The truck company and its insurance company will likely be moving fast to establish the facts from their perspective, potentially attempting to wrongly pin the blame on the injured victim instead.

A drunk driving accident can be a life-changer

The issue of distracted driving is in the forefront of many public policy discussions about how to address the rate of car accidents that occur in California and throughout the rest of the country. Cellphone use, in particular, is driving the discussion. However, there is another danger that has been around as long as automobiles: drunk driving.

Although our readers might think the rate of drunk driving accidents could be on the decline thanks to ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, the reality is that drunk driving is still very much a problem. With the upcoming holiday season - a time when many people celebrate with family and friends and have a cocktail or two - law enforcement officials will be increasing their efforts to catch drunk drivers. Unfortunately, despite those efforts, there will still be accidents that leave innocent victims badly injured or, in the worst-case scenarios, killed.

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