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Are laws against texting and driving effective?

Everyone gets distracted in some way or another, but every driver also has a duty to operate their vehicle safely.

Unfortunately, texting and other forms of distraction are a serious threat to safety on California roadways, and thousands of people lose their lives and hundreds of thousands more are injured each year across the U.S. due to distracted driving.

Representing injured motorcyclists after accidents

Many people in Orange County enjoy riding motorcycles on California's scenic highways and byways, and they have every right to do so. After all, the rules of the road apply equally to motorcyclists and other motorists, and they each have a legal and even moral obligation to look after each other.

Unfortunately, there are many sad cases in which an inattentive driver simply does not watch out for the motorcyclists on the road and, as a result, causes a serious accident that leaves the motorcyclist permanently disabled or even dead, even if the motorcyclist is wearing a helmet and other protective clothing. When this happens, a motorcyclist, or his or her family, is entitled to compensation for the profound economic and emotional loss.

Proving negligence and understanding accepted standard of care

After a serious motor vehicle accident, you may be unsure of your legal options and how you will ever be able to rebuild your life. You may even think that you could have grounds for a civil claim, but it may be difficult to determine if you should move forward with this legal action. Proving that you are the victim of the negligent or harmful actions of another person is not an easy process, but it is possible.

Negligent actions are some of the common causes of California car accidents. Proving negligence may be more difficult than anticipated, as you must present evidence that the defendant was not acting with a reasonable standard of care, and is therefore liable for the accident that left you injured.

Recognizing the hazards of trucks on the roads

All too often, we seem to take things for granted. The last thing on most people's minds when we hop in a car and head out on the road is the chance that we could be in an accident. Fortunately, most accidents between cars are generally minor, often just a "fender bender" or something similar. But when an accident involves a truck, it is not uncommon for far more serious or catastrophic results.

Trucks are far larger and typically heavier than traditional cars on the road. When trucks are loaded with cargo, the weight can rise dramatically. The laws of physics tell us that the more mass a moving object has, the harder it is to slow down or change position. This means that truck drivers require far more distance to slow down, and are less agile than cars when it comes to swerving to avoid a potential hazard or accident.

Technology can help record the impact of car accident injuries

If we stop and think about how the rapid expanse of technology has impacted all of our lives, the results are confounding. With the ability of cell phones, websites and other technology impacting our daily lives, there are positives and negatives to the quick change in our society. Technology has no doubt been helpful to many, and it can be helpful for those who have fallen victim to car accident injury.

There are many ways technology can be utilized after suffering a car accident injury. Immediately following a car accident, a person can call 911 or even contact their insurance company. Also, cell phone cameras are usually within reach so it can be a great way to document evidence of the car accident if a driver or person is able to do that. For example, take pictures of the vehicles, both the close up damage and of how the vehicles came together, if possible. Also, document any injuries to yourself or passengers by taking photos both before and after a good amount of time has lapsed.

Key points to understand about wrongful death claims in California

No one wants to receive that call, the one telling you that someone close to you has been in a fatal accident. Although the sheer emotional grief can be overwhelming enough on its own, if someone else is responsible for your loved one's death, you might find the news even more difficult to accept.

Watch Doug Easton interviewed on TODAY about coroner mistaken identity case.

Today logo.jpgDoug Easton was interviewed on TODAY on NBC this morning about the Orange County Coroner case involving the mistaken identify of a deceased individual, and the family's horriffic experience.

Family told son is dead. He is not.

Imagine the horror of getting a call that your child is dead. Imagine notifying your relatives and friends, grieving the loss and holding the memorial. Eleven days after the $20,000 memorial service you get a call telling you that your son is not in fact dead.

Could this happen? It actually did happen.

An Orange County family was called and told their beloved son was found dead outside of a cellular phone store in Fountain Valley. The son, Frank Kerrigan junior, was 57. He suffered from a mental illness and had been homeless. The family attempted to identify the body but due to the condition of the body it was difficult to ascertain whether or not it was Frank.

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  • best lawyers | Best law firms | US news | 2016 Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen anew each year since 2014 by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the "Best Law Firms" for the Southern California Metro Area.
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    TopVerdict.com | Top 50 US Verdicts | Personal Injury | California| 2016 Brian and Matt Easton were recently honored for their efforts in securing a $1,850,000 verdict for a client in 2016, which was selected as one of the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California by TopVerdict.com.
    super lawyers Doug Easton has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer each year since 2009, an honor given to less than 5% of attorneys. Matt Easton has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star each year since 2014, an honor given to less than 2.5% of attorneys under 40 years old.
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  • American board of trial advocate | Orange county chapter Brian Easton was selected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2015. ABOTA is one of the most premier associations of trial attorneys and judges, requiring a certain number of jury trials as lead counsel and approval by a majority vote of the ABOTA board.
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