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Legal guidance for complex truck accident cases

When truck accidents are reported on local California news programs, they often show the devastation that can result when massive vehicles are involved in collisions with smaller personal vehicles. A truck accident can result in massive personal and property damages, serious injuries, and even fatalities. Many truck accidents are caused by truck driver negligence and omissions committed by trucking companies.

However, truck accident cases cannot and should not always be handled like regular motor vehicle accident claims. Though there may be similarities between truck accidents and car accidents, complex issues concerning commercial vehicle-specific regulations, licensing, truck and business ownership, and other matters can make truck accident cases significantly more involved.

Driver negligence and the occurrence of bike accidents

Bicycle accidents can be dangerous incidents that cause victims serious injuries and even fatal harm. When a motor vehicle strikes a bicycle and its rider, that rider may suffer a range of injuries from their impact with the car, the road, and other surfaces in their path. Victims of bike accidents should seek medical help after their collisions to ensure that their health is properly assessed.

When a California resident is struck by a vehicle while riding their bike, they may wish to learn more about what they can do under the law to get back what they have lost. Losses can be financial, such as lost wages and medical bills, but they can also be emotional and physical in nature. These losses can add up fast to negatively impact victims' abilities to care for themselves.

Should a car accident claim be settled?

Litigation following a personal injury event like a California car accident can take a long time to resolve. After a person has recovered from their accident-related harm enough to speak with an attorney and file their lawsuit, they must abide by the notice periods set by the state before their case may move forward. Litigation is an excellent path for many individuals who wish to be made whole after becoming car accident victims, but some individuals choose to settle their claims instead of going to court.

A settlement is effectively an agreement between the parties involved in an accident. A person who causes an accident and therefore inflicts harm on their victim may offer to settle the victim's claims to get out from under the liability they hold. They may offer their victim a sum of money in order to avoid litigation, and in exchange the victim must release their right to sue the other party on their claims in the future.

Why defective medical equipment remains on the market

As previously discussed on this blog, it is clear that some consumers suffer harm because a certain product was defected and entered the stream of commerce. Defects are not always clear, and they can occur when there are issues with the design, manufacturing and warnings. In some cases, even when a product has a known defect, this does not mean it will not cause harm to consumers. In fact, failures with a recall could be the reason why a consumer interacted with a certain product and suffered harm.

Individuals in California and elsewhere rely on medical equipment. These products are designed to assist those living with a medical condition; however, these products, like any other product on the market, could be defective. In fact, a recent survey found that many individuals in the U.S. are unaware that they are using medical devices or equipment that have been banned or recalled in other nations.

How common are defective medical devices?

When Californians think about a product malfunctioning, they likely think of a household item not working or a vehicle failing. However, the realm of defective products expands much farther than that. Consumers are not just those that go to the store or purchase items online. They are also patients who require medical devices to aid them. And, just like any consumer trusting the product that they are using, they can unexpectedly experience harm and injury due to a defective medical device.

How common are defective medical devices? The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has made plans to ensure there are up-to-date safety and effectiveness features when it comes to medical devices. These plans came after a publication that brought light to medical device safety and the occurrence of defects in this market.

Head on crash injures two and starts brush fire

As any motorist in California can attest, the roadways can be a very busy place. Even at times when traffic is light, the dangerous of road travel are always apparent. One simple act of negligence or recklessness could result in a serious crash that harms a victim and causes much damage. Thus, it is important to explore the cause of a crash, as it can help illustrate responsibility and open up the possibilities of recovering compensation for losses suffered.

According to recent reports, a head on collision occurred on Highway 154 in Santa Barbara. The crash occurred during the afternoon hours near the intersection with San Marcos/Painted Cave Road. The California Highway Patrol responded to the crash. It was reported that two people were injured in the crash, one with minor injuries and the other with serious injuries.

Drowsy driving and its risks

Let's face it. Life can get busy, chaotic and exhausting. We all find ourselves tired during the daytime hours. Whether it is because we had to stay up late, get up early or had a rough night's sleep, residents in California and elsewhere are likely to experience drowsiness or fatigue during their waking hours.

Drowsy driving is a growing concern, as many would deem it as dangerous as drunk driving or distracted driving. While falling asleep at the wheel is clearly a dangerous situation, driving while tired also creates many risks.

Helping you recover compensation following a bicycle accident

Whether it's to head to the beach, run an errand or go to work, residents and visitors in California often ride bicycles as a main source of transportation. Getting out and enjoying the weather is very beneficial, and traveling by bike is economical and environmentally conscious. Nonetheless, these are some set backs and risks associated with bicycle riding.

This is largely due to the fact that cyclists are traveling near motor vehicle traffic, whether it is in a bike lane, side of the road or bike trail. And when motorists are not attentive or are driving recklessly, this could result in a serious or even fatal collision with a cyclist.

What are major culprits of motorcycle accidents?

Everyday, motorcyclists in California and elsewhere take to the road. While some riders use their bikes as a main source of transportation, others may only use their motorcycle to go out on sporadic rides. Nonetheless, it does not matter how frequent one rides or how long one travels on a motorcycle, there are many risks associated with riding these small motor vehicles. One major concern is distracted drivers failing to see a motorcyclist traveling near them.

What are major culprits of motorcycle accidents? While the goal is to reduce serious and fatal motorcycle accidents by constantly reminding motorists to be on the lookout for motorcyclists, the unfortunate reality is that these crashes remain prevalent in society. While current statistics indicate that the rate of fatal motorcycle crashes has declined 5.6% from 2016 to 2017, this declining rate does not mean these accidents are not an issue on the roadways.

Understanding how wrong-way crashes occur

As previously discussed, a driver traveling in the wrong direction can have a serious and even fatal impact on other motorists and travelers on the roadways. There are many reasons why a driver might be traveling in the wrong direction on the roadway, and it is most likely due to negligence. This form of negligent driving can put many lives at risk and be the cause of a severe or fatal crash.

A wrong-way driver is one that travels in a direction opposing the legal flow of traffic. In other words, it is when a driver is driving in the wrong direction on a divided highway or access ramp. Because head-on collisions are the likely result of a wrong-way driver encountering another motorist, the severity levels of a wrong-way driving crash can be significant.

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