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March 2015 Archives

Hit-and-run accidents raise moral, legal questions

Having a loved one or close friend killed or injured in a traffic accident is a heart-rending experience under any circumstances, but when the driver of the offending vehicle leaves the scene, the tragedy can be compounded.

Driver's cell phone provides clue that determines accident cause

The cause of a traffic accident in which three small children were killed should be a warning to every Californian who insists on keeping tabs on social media while driving. Police were unable to determine the cause of the car crash when it occurred, but investigators visited the site of the collision after the snow melted and found a crucial clue.

Driver fatigue probable cause for truck, school bus collision

An especially frightening collision between a school bus and a truck demonstrates again the acute hazard posed by truck driver fatigue. No one can estimate the percentage of truck drivers on California freeways and highways who are driving while seriously sleep deprived or otherwise suffering from fatigue, but no one doubts that many drivers drive without necessary sleep or breaks. The truck accident in question occurred in Washington state, but it could just as easily happened in California - or any other state.

What is "negligence?"

"Negligence" is the foundation of almost every lawsuit seeking damages for physical injuries caused by an auto accident or motor cycle accident. Most people are aware of the legal principle that a person is responsible for injuries caused by his or her negligence. But what, exactly, is "negligence"? The concept of negligence has been part of the common law for centuries, and entire books have been devoted to defining it. Nevertheless, a helpful definition can be derived from California statutes and a few simple examples.

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