As we have noted many times before on this blog, when a negligent driver injures another person, the injured can make a claim to recover their damages through a personal injury lawsuit. The damages in these cases can include the injured party's medical expenses and lost wages from the time her or she was unable to return to work, as well as less tangible damages such as pain and suffering.
Perhaps one day autonomous vehicle technology will be so advanced that we will be able to take a nap or read a book while our car takes us safely along highways and Costa Mesa streets. Despite all the recent advances, we're still a long way off from that day.
In many traffic accidents, one party is clearly at fault. For example, one driver was stopped at a stoplight when another driver failed to hit the brakes in time and collided into the rear of the first driver's car. In this type of accident, a court would almost certainly find that the second driver caused the accident through negligence, and therefore should be held liable for the damages suffered by the first driver.
Californians who are obeying all the traffic laws and operating their vehicles appropriately might believe they can avoid an accident. Unfortunately, auto accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and can be caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another. These crashes can cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities. People who have been injured and families who have suffered the loss of a loved one should think about their rights and consider a legal filing to be compensated.
Motor vehicle accidents can happen to anyone in Costa Mesa and throughout Orange County, even law enforcement officers. Any accident can cause severe injuries and the worst crashes can lead to fatalities. For people who have been injured or suffered the loss of a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, it is vital to contact a legal professional as soon as possible to prepare for a lawsuit.
According to a recent study reported in the national media, texting and driving bans are having at least modest success in reducing the number of car accidents. The study examined the number of emergency room visits in various states. The researchers concluded that in states that had some sort of texting and driving ban, emergency rooms saw a four percent drop in the number of patients, suggesting that the bans really do prevent some dangerous car accidents.
As many Californians who follow politics probably know, this state recently joined nine others in legalizing marijuana for recreational use. This means that adult residents of Costa Mesa can use the drug without facing repercussions from the police, provided that they follow applicable laws and restrictions.
As this blog has reported before, distracted driving is a continuing problem in Orange County and the rest of the Golden State. However, at least according to one study, California actually fares pretty well relative to other states, at least when it comes to the frequency of fatal car accidents involving the misuse of a cell phone.
Previous posts here have either mentioned punitive damages or have reported on juries awarding punitive damages. Indeed, there are some circumstances that seem to suggest that just paying someone compensation for their losses simply is not enough. For example, car accidents that are caused by a drunk driver, a driver who is going far in excess of the posted speed limit or a driver acting in a fit of road rage are situations that are entirely avoidable. To prevent these sorts of accidents, a driver need only show a minimal amount of courtesy and care for their fellow motorists.
A single vehicle bus accident on Highway 101 in California sent seven passengers to the hospital. While police thankfully described the injuries as minor, it is sometimes hard to tell the full extent of a person's injuries until well after an accident. Some of those transported to the hospital did complain of pain.