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Negligent truck driver may be liable for your injuries

While a very low percentage of commercial trucks are involved in accidents, the damage they cause when they are involved in one can be catastrophic. Travelers in passenger vehicles that are hit by commercial trucks often suffer severe injuries due to the size and weight of the truck.

If you were involved in a truck accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the truck driver, as well as the trucking company that employs the driver and owns the truck. Drivers and companies in the trucking industry are required to adhere to federal trucking regulations implemented by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If a driver or trucking company violates one or more of these regulations, they could be liable for your accident-related injuries.

What you need to know about filing a claim after a car accident

If you were involved in a car accident in California, then you may be struggling to recover from your physical injuries, cope with the emotional trauma you experienced, and make ends meet financially. Many car accident victims find that filing a legal claim against the parties responsible for their accident helps them get the financial support they need during this difficult time. Filing a car accident lawsuit with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney in your area can give you the financial support you need.

You may assume that filing a lawsuit means you will have to go to court and endure a lengthy trial. However, that is not often the case. In fact, a large number of car accident claims are settled outside the courtroom through informal negotiations. You and your attorney will work with insurers to agree to a fair settlement that both parties can live with.

Drugged driver causes deadly highway crash

While federal and state laws conflict when it comes to the lawful use and possession of marijuana in California, drivers in the state should be aware that, like alcohol, marijuana can affect one's ability to drive. This was evidenced by one recent case. There, a deadly car accident occurred on a state highway that left one victim dead and a driver arrested for causing the preventable tragedy.

The victim, a 20-year-old man, crashed into a concrete divide on Highway 180 and the incident disabled his vehicle. When it came to a stop on the highway, the man got out of his car. While outside of his vehicle, another vehicle driven by a 23-year-old woman collided with him and his car. The impact of the secondary crash killed the man.

What is dooring and how may it be prevented?

One reason that California residents may choose to ride their bikes instead of drive their cars is to avoid traffic. Bicycles are maneuverable, small, and may be able to make it through congested roads easier than large trucks and SUVs. While a bike may be a convenient alternative to a bigger motor vehicle, it may also be a more dangerous option when negligent and reckless motorists are near.

Motorists do not even have to be actively operating their vehicles to negligently harm bicyclists. Dooring accidents are terribly common and hurt many bicyclists each year. Door occurs when a driver opens their door into a street and into the path of an oncoming bicyclist.

Recalls of defective and dangerous motorcycles

Accidents involving 4-wheel motor vehicles and motorcycles are not uncommon, and often these collisions are attributable to driver negligence or recklessness. However, in some cases motorcyclists may find themselves in dangerous situations because their vehicles malfunction or otherwise present dangerous characteristics. When this occurs, individuals may suffer accidents and serious injuries due to manufacturer mistakes and other related defects.

In California and other states throughout the country, defective products, including vehicles and motorcycles, may be recalled by their manufacturers pursuant to federal mandates. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can issue a recall if it becomes aware that a product is defective, but motorcycle manufacturers may also start recalls when they learn that their goods are unsafe.

What makes drinking and driving so dangerous?

Drunk driving is a problem in every state in the nation, including California. While many individuals generally know that mixing alcohol with driving is a dangerous idea, not everyone knows why this combination often has deadly results. This post will cover some of the effects that alcohol has on the body and how those effects may impact driving abilities, but readers should remember that this post does not provide any legal or medical advice.

When a person drinks alcohol they may experience effects on their physical and emotional conditions. Alcohol can slow a person's reflexes and blur their vision. Their coordination may be impacted by the presence of alcohol in their body and they may also have slowed reaction times to objects that appear before them.

Inadequate warnings can cause injuries to California residents

It is not uncommon for a California resident to find on the package or instructions of their new product purchase a list of warnings about how to use, or not to use, their new item. Warnings may advise consumers to only use products under certain conditions or to only operate them in the manner that the manufacturers intended. Sufficient warnings may generally keep individuals safe, while inadequate warnings may introduce individuals to product-based injuries.

When a product hurts a victim he or she may take legal action based on products liability law. This area of the law aims to hold manufacturers, designers, and others in the chain of commerce liable for the deficient and dangerous products that they put on the market. Products can be dangerous based on their designs, how they are constructed, as well how they are presented to consumers through warnings and labeling.

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.

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