The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released preliminary data last week that showed a 7.7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015. It has been estimated that 35,200 people died, which a significant increase from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.
Getting injured as the result or because of the negligence of someone else is more common than you would think. In fact, a study shows that the average driver will get into 3-4 accidents in their life. Any one of those accidents could result in the need for a personal injury attorney, depending on the severity of the accident and the injuries sustained. Beyond car accidents, there are many other ways to get injured that would necessitate a need for a personal injury attorney.
Regardless of how you were injured, if you feel you deserve compensation for your injuries, calling a personal injury attorney is a logical first step. However, because a personal injury attorney is not something you need on a regular basis, most people don’t have one they know. [Read more…]
In California, it is required by law to have insurance on all vehicles operated or parked on California roadways.
Although not everyone obeys this law, it does gives you some assurance that if you are in an accident and it is the fault of the other driver, there should be insurance in place to cover your costs.
However, in California, the minimum liability insurance requirement is $15,000 for death or injury to a single person. That means that someone can legally drive a vehicle with only $15,000 worth of insurance. [Read more…]
Getting into an accident can be an extremely traumatic experience. Even if it’s just a fender bender, it will throw your entire day off and create extra stress on you. Because of this, it’s important to understand the steps to take after an accident before you get into an accident. If you know what to do, you will feel more in control and be able to make decisions easier.
1. Check to make sure you are not injured
If you or anyone else has been injured by the accident or recognize that you were just in a major accident, call 911 or ask someone else to call for you. If you have any pain at all, play it safe and be checked out by a medical professional. Accidents can cause serious injuries, many of which may not present themselves until days, weeks or months later. Although there are some ways to help reduce your risk of injury, accidents frequently cause injuries. According to the 2012 California Statewide Integrated Traffic Systems (SWITRS), there were nearly 160,000 injury collisions resulting in over 226,000 people injured.
A defective trampoline and foam pit caused an accident that left a college gymnast quadriplegic. At trial, we succeeded in making it clear to a jury that the victim required $15 million in compensation vs. their $400,000 offer. View video below to see Senior Partner Greg Owen discuss the case: [Read more…]
If you or someone in your family has been seriously injured, an insurance company is likely to make you a quick offer. However, this offer isn’t usually the best one. Sometimes, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side to fight for every penny you and your family deserve. There are numerous instances when you should hire a personal injury attorney to fight on your behalf, including: [Read more…]