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Who is Liable if a Bicyclist Gets Doored?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Riding your bicycle in a city is filled with many dangers. Many drivers do not yet know how to share the road with cyclists, meaning that the rider has more to worry about than your average motorist. However, while cyclists need to mind motorists and pedestrians, they also need to pay attention to the point where motorists are about to become a pedestrian – when they leave their car.

Riding along a line of parked cars is always a major worry. One car door opening immediately in front of a cyclist can make it dangerous to dodge and difficult to stop. However, for the cyclist that actually does get doored, who is at fault?

Traffic laws for cyclist require them to ride in the bike lane if available or to the right of traffic. Both circumstances will put them very close to parked cars, with bike lanes typically giving them a little more clearance. However, it is not so completely uncommon for drivers to park in a way that leaves their car in the bicycle lane as well. This makes things frustrating and dangerous. However, one thing is for certain, in most cases if a cyclist gets doored, the motorist is responsible.

Part of a driver's rules of the road states that before opening a car door, they need to check if it is safe to do so. While a driver can argue that a cyclist should have been able to dodge if there was no traffic, and thus contributed to the accident, that is not always valid. There is no denying the rules that state a driver needs to check their mirrors to make sure the door zone is clear before opening.

If you have been in a bicycle accident, regardless of if you are the driver or the cyclist, contact us today. By examining the details on a case-by-case basis, the Law Office of Freeman & Freeman can help make sure that you aren't stuck with the bill.

Who Can File for a Wrongful Death Claim?

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Losing a loved one is an emotional experience and a traumatic event that can change everything, especially if they were taken away long before their time in an accident. Furthermore, losing a loved one, especially if they are a primary earner of a household, can put a huge financial strain on the family and increase the stress for all parties involved. However, if your loved one was killed in an accident due to unsafe work condition or sheer negligence, then your family shouldn't have to shoulder the financial burden of putting them to rest and losing their income.

Wrongful death suits are the result of losing a loved one in an accident where someone died as a result instead of was just simply injured. This can include auto accidents, personal injury incidents, and on-the-job accidents, or the result of a dangerous or defective product. However, not everyone can file a wrongful death claim. In California, only a select few people are allowed to file a wrongful death claim.

In most cases, it is usually the surviving spouse or children of the deceased. However, in some cases where there are no children or surviving spouses, then a wrongful death claim can still be filed by a relative who would be entitled to property or assets through the estate. Finally, those who are financially dependent on the deceased, even if they are not related by blood, such as stepchildren, can also file by California state law.

If you have lost a loved one due to an accident or the sheer negligence of someone else, don't suffer in silence. Through a wrongful death suit, you can not only cover funerary expenses and final medical bills, but you may be able to get compensation to cover their loss of income as well. Contact us today to see what we can do to represent you.

Truck Accidents: Let The Professionals Handle This!

Thursday, November 02, 2017


Protect Yourself From The Dangers Of The Road

Deteriorating road conditions. Road rage. Drivers under the influence. And now self-driving vehicles. What else do you have to be concerned about? Oh, of course. Truck accidents..........

Truck Accidents Are Caused By:

A multitude of things. Perhaps road conditions had deteriorated to the point that traveling them was unsafe. Possibly the truck wasn't maintained properly and was unable to stop in time. Or the truck had a defective part from the manufacturer that caused the collision. Even improperly secured cargo causes truck accidents. 

However, in many truck accidents, the driver is at fault. Maybe the driver was on their cell phone, texting or talking with someone. Or possibly under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Or driving too fast for conditions or in violation of the speed limit. Because of demanding work schedules, some who drive professionally are tired to the point of falling asleep at the wheel!

What A Victim May Suffer

The immediate damage of truck accidents is obvious physical issues: broken bones, lacerations, etc. However, long-lasting unseen damages need to be considered. Among these are psychological trauma that afflicts indefinitely, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And some problems that are physical, such as heart problems brought on by the stress, deserve fair compensation. 

What A Qualified Law Firm Will Do

In a nutshell, they investigate all factors to make sure the innocent victim isn't victimized again by unfair (or no) compensation. The victim of a truck accident is best served by accident scene investigators, if necessary. Top-notch attorney representation provides this. And if a case is accepted but not won, there is no fee. 

If you were involved in a truck accident, before you talk to anyone, contact us for a free consultation!

Road Rage Increases the Chances of Serious Auto Accidents

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Incidents involving road rage and aggressive driving appear frequently in the news. For example, this local news article on Southern California freeways highlights some of the angry or out-of-control behaviors.

Road rage and aggressive driving more generally contribute to numerous accidents ranging from minor fender-benders to fatal crashes.

What are some of the ways that road rage increases the likelihood of a crash?

  • Drivers become more focused on each other instead of keeping enough of their attention on the road.
  • The overwhelming anger they feel also proves to be a distraction.
  • They may act on their anger by tailgating, cutting each other off, swerving violently into different lanes, or attempting to run each other off the road. In some cases, one driver may even try to run into another.
  • Their aggression may push them to ignore various traffic laws; they may wind up speeding, for instance, or disregarding red lights and stop signs.
  • Drivers may improperly park and exit their vehicles to confront each other.

Tendencies towards road rage and aggressive driving need to be curbed before they develop into something out-of-control and incredibly dangerous. Drivers are responsible for finding ways to manage their anger and dial it down. Techniques for anger management and stress reduction are essential; these include deep breathing exercises and speaking aloud reminders to yourself that the rage and aggressive behaviors aren't worth it – they can wind up costing you your life and well-being.

If you're on the receiving end of road rage, it's important to take steps not to let it escalate. For example, don't respond to any rude gestures or maintain eye contact with angry drivers. Try to safely put space between them and you. If you're feeling threatened on the road, you can contact law enforcement to report the aggressive or criminal behavior.

Hopefully, you'll be able to avoid accidents stemming from road rage or aggressive driving. Should you suffer an accident, don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your case and receive dedicated legal assistance.

The Statute Of Limitations Can Affect Your Back Injury Case

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Severe back injuries can affect a person for life and make it impossible for them to get back to work. When this happens, it is important to pursue a lawsuit as a way of protecting yourself. This fact is particularly the case if the back injury occurred as a result of somebody's negligence. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations in California can negatively affect back injury cases in Los Angeles.

What Is The Statute Of Limitations?

All crimes, except for serious ones like murder, have a statute of limitations. This concept is set into place to protect people from being prosecuted for crimes they committed years ago. In most cases, a statute doesn't run out for an extended period of time. In all personal injury cases in California, the statute of limitations is two years. This includes all back injury cases.

How Can This Affect You?

When your statute of limitations runs out, you can't pursue a lawsuit anymore. That is true even if the person who injured your back was very guilty or admitted fault. Of course, a new injury to the back could be pursued without falling under this limitation. In most cases, lawsuits of this type are typically pursued right away. If for some reason you did not pursue it before the limitation was up, you cannot pursue it now.

If you suffered a back injury a few years ago and are worried that your statute of limitations will run out, please contact us today to get help. We can guide you through this complicated process and get you the compensation you deserve for your life-changing injury.


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