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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.

The Numerous Factors Of Pedestrian Accidents

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Collection Of Possible Causes

So many factors have been known to cause pedestrian accidents. While the injured pedestrian is not always negligence-free, all details of the incident are important to consider. Multiple parties are occasionally liable for pedestrian accidents. For example: 

  • The role that the driver of the vehicle played. Was excessive speed involved? What about the all-too-common "driving under the influence" of alcohol and/or drugs?
  • Was the vehicle itself defective, causing the accident?
  • Were the lighting conditions inadequate for safe roadway or pedestrian traffic use? Is the city or municipality liable to any degree?
  • Had the road condition deteriorated enough so that safe driving was difficult?  

A Collection Of Possible Damages

Just as there can be multiple causes of pedestrian accidents, so too the repercussions for the victim can be many and long-lasting. For example:

  • Severe injuries sometimes prevent a victim from ever resuming their vocation, and even destroy the chance of many career choices.
  • At times, reconstructive surgery is needed to make the victim "whole" again.
  • Sadly, premature death is often linked to serious injuries a pedestrian has suffered. 
  • When the quality of life of an injured pedestrian is clearly damaged or permanently ruined, compensation is called for. 
  • Certain issues an injured pedestrian deals with physically will require round-the-clock medical care. Maybe permanently.

Some pains and problems are instantly obvious, but some may take weeks, months, or years to reveal themselves. Certainly reason enough to seek competent legal representation. 

Have you been hurt in a pedestrian accident? Then contact us immediately to receive fair compensation. Benefit from our 30 years of experience! 

Understanding Premises Liability

Thursday, October 05, 2017

We've all slipped and fallen at some point in time, but if you had an accident that could have been prevented, it's possible that someone can be held liable for it. However, before you start calling lawyers, it's important to understand what liability means when it comes to accidents that happen on someone's property.

What is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is the idea that you should do everything in your power to make sure there are no hazards or dangers on your property created through negligence.

For example, let's say there was a loose floorboard on your stairs. It's been loose for years, but you haven't done anything to fix it. If someone comes over to your house, and they get hurt as a result of that faulty stair, and you did nothing to warn them or prevent them from stepping on it, then you might be considered liable for their injury.

The keyword here is might, because the important question that has to be answered is whether you took precautions to prevent the injury, even if the hazard was still there.

Let's use another example. Say someone in a supermarket aisle drops a jar of pickles, and it shatters on the ground. There's a mess, but worse, it's a slippery mess full of broken glass. Now, if that incident is reported, and the staff knows about it, they have a responsibility to keep other customers safe from it. If the mess is left alone, and someone gets hurt because they slipped and fell in it, then the store is liable because that hazard should have been taken care of. If the store puts down barriers at either end of the aisle, though, telling customers not to enter, then the store won't be responsible for someone who ignores that warning and gets injured. They took a reasonable precaution, and though the hazard still existed (since these things take time to clean), the only way someone could have an accident would be by going around the safety measures put in place.

Some People Are More Entitled to Liability Than Others

It's also important to understand that, while a property owner may be liable in the case of injury, some people are granted more legal protection than others. Customers, for example, are granted the most protection because stores should be safe places to shop, and they're being invited in. Guests and visitors to a place for no commercial purpose (like people coming over for a house party) have the next highest level of protection. The lowest level of protection is reserved for trespassers because even though they shouldn't be on a property, there are still rules regarding their safety.

If you need help with a premises liability case, all you have to do is contact us today!

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