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.
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.
"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?
Freeway traffic and mattresses can create a dangerous combination. Late in the evening of Feb. 13, 2015, a mattress that apparently had been dropped by an unknown vehicle caused a fatal accident on the 55 Freeway in Santa Ana. Four vehicles were involved in the car crash and one of the other drivers was killed.
If a person dies due to the wrongful act or omission of another person, can one recover damages from the party who is at fault? The answer is "yes," provided certain conditions are met and the proper procedures are followed.
Have you ever wondered just how common car accidents and car accident fatalities are? In 2012, there were 30,080 fatal car accidents in the U.S. There were a total of 33,651 fatalities caused by car accidents in the U.S. in 2012. The national car accident fatality rate totaled 10.7 deaths for 100,000 individuals. Additionally, car accident mortality varied by state.
We have all heard about the dangers of distracted driving and texting and driving in the news or in everyday conversations. Distracted driving is a serious concern in the United States today and texting while driving is a significant contributor to distracted driving. According to research, texting and driving creates a 23 time greater risk of a crash than driving while not distracted.
Family members of patients who have been harmed by their doctors, another medical professional or hospital may wonder what options are available to aid with the damages they have suffered. Families may be left with medical and funeral costs during an already difficult time following the unexpected loss of loved one. Different options, depending on the circumstances, may be available to victims of medical negligence. Surviving family members of a victim of medical negligence may have the option to pursue a wrongful death claim for recovery of damages.