Many lawsuits resulting from auto accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents never come to trial because the parties are able to agree upon a sum of money that that will compensate the victims and that the defendant -- or, more likely, the defendant's insurer -- is willing to pay. Most Californians, however, have never heard of a special type of settlement that is known as a structured settlement.
Dealing with an insurance company can be a frustrating and unpleasant experience under the best of circumstances, but attempting to recover damages for an auto accident can be especially maddening. California has laws that require insurers to use good faith in dealing with both their own policy holders and with persons who have a claim for damages against a policy holder.
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.
"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.
Imagine this set of facts: Driver A makes an illegal left turn without a signal. Meanwhile, Driver B is speeding in the opposite direction and collides with Driver A's car while it is making the illegal turn. Both drivers suffer serious injuries. Who wins the lawsuit? Does anybody win it?
Auto accident damages can be extensive and a difficult consideration for families to face during a challenging time. A hit-and run-accident recently claimed the life of a woman in Los Angeles on Christmas. The 61-year old victim died at the scene of the hit-and-run accident. Family members of the woman noted that she left behind a daughter. The woman was struck by another vehicle as she stood alongside her vehicle which was parked in the shoulder of the roadway. The force of the auto accident sent the woman into nearby lanes of traffic. The hit-and-run driver fled the scene of the accident. Authorities are searching for a dark-colored pickup truck with front-end damage. Police noted that the accident investigation continues.
The torrential rains that hit Southern California last weekend caused all kinds of havoc, from power outages to mudslides to flooded streets. In addition, numerous auto accidents were attributed to the storm.
California law requires that all drivers carry insurance on their vehicles, including liability coverage to pay for any claims caused by the driver injuring another person in a car accident. Unfortunately, a lot of California drivers have no insurance, in violation of the law. Many others carry only the minimum required by law, which is generally not enough to cover damages in a case of serious injury.
In the immediate aftermath of an auto accident, it's normal to feel shock and confusion. Yet some of the things you do and say at the accident scene can have a bearing on any future injury claim you may have. Here are a few things you should try to do - and some things you should avoid doing - right after a car accident. This information is general in nature and should not be considered legal advice.
California residents often hop into vehicles without giving much thought to the potential dangers they may encounter on the road. In fact, as many as 2.5 million people are injured in car accidents each year. Accident victims are prone to a number of injuries, from minor scrapes and bruises, to more serious injuries like nerve injury, traumatic brain injuries and paralysis, to name a few. In the worst cases, the lives of innocent victims are claimed.