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What Not to Say After an Auto Accident

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Everyone knows that when it comes to legal dealings, what you say can be important. All it takes is one wrong slip of the tongue or an off-handed phrase and it gives the defense all the ammunition they need to make sure their client wins. While some may believe what you say is only important with criminal cases, it can be just as important after an auto accident too.

Apologies

Even immediately after an auto accident when you are checking on the safety of another driver, avoid apologies. Saying you are sorry is like saying “this was my fault.” Even if it was your fault, you should avoid apologies since they will make things potentially worse for you.

Promises

Spoken promises are cheap, and often most people won’t keep them. It gives the other party certain expectations, and if they are not met, it can make them extremely upset. If you intend to keep your promise of paying for the damage, then, by all means, give them your word. However, if not, then it is best to avoid the words “I promise.”

Admitting Fault

Like apologies, admitting it was your fault should be avoided. Both parties need to wait for the fault to be determined by an investigation following the accident. Claiming the fault could mean there might not be such an investigation, and you could be shouldered with a burden that isn’t actually yours to carry.

Saying You Are Okay

If the accident wasn’t too serious, you may feel okay after the crash. However, that doesn’t mean you are. After a crash, adrenaline is high and pain response is low. You could have internal bleeding or whiplash, the symptoms of which won’t manifest until the following day. Always visit a doctor before saying that you are uninjured from a crash.

If you have been in an auto accident and even if you believe your words might have hurt your potential case, contact us today.

How Do Bus Accident Lawsuits Differ from Normal Auto Accidents

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A bus may seem like a normal automobile, albeit it slightly bigger. However, if you were injured in a bus accident and choose to pursue a lawsuit, you will have a vastly different experience than if you were in an auto accident.

One of the primary differences is that you will likely not be the only victim in a bus accident. There could have been a dozen passengers on board and all of them may have been injured. However, you are not always wielding a lawsuit against just one person either. In bus accidents, blame can be placed not only on the bus driver, but on the bus company, their insurance carrier, bus part manufacturers, and even government entities depending on the unique circumstances of the accident. This means that you will need to decide where the blame for the accident lies and go after the person or people who were most responsible for your injuries. However, many of above have different restrictions and time limits in which you can file suit against them. This means that if you aren’t pursuing the right entity, you may have missed your time frame to do so altogether.

In most cases, the injured parties will often go after the bus driver, since they were the person driving. However, depending on the company and the circumstances, the driver may be protected by the company’s insurance. Regardless, those who do pursue a personal injury suit for a bus crash should be ready for a hard fight, since the insurance company or bus company may be handling multiple cases for crash victims. Naturally, they will want to pay out as little as possible, but this does leave room open for decent settlements.

If you have been in a bus crash in the Los Angeles area, contact us today to see what the Law Office of Freeman & Freeman can do for you.

Can the Pedestrian be at Fault in an Accident?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Typically when we think of pedestrian accidents, we somehow think that the car or other vehicle that was involved was strictly at fault and the pedestrian is the victim. This belief is typically because the pedestrian is often hurt much worse than the other party, but could they be to blame for their own accident?

Short answer? Yes, the pedestrian can be partly or wholly at fault for a pedestrian accident.

When determining the fault of a pedestrian accident, much of the proof will need to come from witnesses. Some circumstances, like where the pedestrian was clearly jaywalking, are pretty clear cut. However, if they were struck at a crosswalk, there will need to be someone who can attest that the pedestrian did or did not have the sign to cross. Pedestrians can even be at fault if they were intoxicated during the accident since that impairs their overall judgment.

However, in many cases, both parties share the blame. The driver may have been intoxicated and the pedestrian may have tried to chance it and cross the street on the do not cross sign. In most states, these cases are handled by comparative negligence, in which the injured person’s damages are reduced by a percentage equal to the share of their fault.

If you have been in a pedestrian accident, whether you are driver or pedestrian, and believe that the other party is at least partly to blame and you aren’t getting your justice, contact us today. The Law Office of Freeman & Freeman is ready to fight for your rights.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Freeway Collisions

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Riding your motorcycle down the freeway, speeding along can be an exhilarating experience, but that doesn’t change the fact that it can be a dangerous place for vehicles, motorcycles in particular.  Due to a motorcycle’s slim profile and exposed nature, not only can they go unnoticed by drivers, but if a collision does occur, motorcycle drivers are significantly more at risk for serious injury. This means that a crash that could lend to a few scrapes in a car driver could end up seriously maiming a motorcycle driver since they are not encased in that protective shell.

Common causes of freeway motorcycle accidents include:

  • Driving at unsafe speeds
  • Driving while distracted
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Driving too closely to other vehicles

Aside from the negligence of other drivers, motorcycle crashes can often be made worse by defective motorcycle parts and poorly functioning safety equipment. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, motorcycle riders may be entitled to a substantial sum from monetary damages in order to cover medical bills, vehicle damages, rehabilitation expenses, and even pain and suffering. However, these damages are only available to you if it is the other driver’s fault. If it was found that a motorcycle driver was driving recklessly, then the other driver, in turn, might seek damages.

If you were in a motorcycle accident on the freeways around Los Angeles, contact us today. The personal injury lawyers of Freeman & Freeman believe in sharing the road and make sure the victims are taken care of when that doesn’t happen.

Burn Injuries - The Physical and Emotional Pain

Thursday, June 01, 2017

If you are suffering from a burn injury or the disability that has resulted from this type of injury, you are enduring one of the most excruciatingly painful experiences one could possibly endure.  Even a small burn is painful, but when you have suffered burn(s) to a large portion of your body or a part of your body that has rendered you unable to carry on the normal daily activities due to hospitalization, medical treatment, rehabilitation, surgeries, etc., you deserve to be represented by attorneys who know the law and can work for you to ensure you are receiving the most appropriate medical treatment and compensation for all that you are enduring as the result of the incident,  If someone's neglect or failure to adhere to safety standards has resulted in you suffering through the pain and long recovery of a burn injury, contact us immediately.  The lawyers at Freeman and Freeman will assist you in every legal aspect regarding your medical treatment, your recovery, and overall compensation for the pain and suffering, including possible psychiatric impairment, that has resulted from someone's negligence.   

A severe injury of this type leads to a long-term medical treatment plan and recovery plan. The hospitalization periods vary significantly depending on the percentage of your body burned, as well as the degree of the burns. The road to complete recovery is a long one and can take its toll on you physically and mentally, as well as cause financial hardship and undue stress on your family. A burn injury can lead to long-term psychiatric impairment as well that can manifest itself in many ways. Treatments of burns are painful in many ways, both physically and mentally. The scars the burns leave behind are not only on your body, but they are in your mind and may also leave scars on your relationships and/or your family. 

You do not have to endure the pain of a burn injury, in addition to the legality of someone's carelessness or neglect on your own while trying to recover from the injury itself. Contact us to make an appointment to speak with you or your personal representative regarding your legal options. You deserve the best treatment available and you deserve to be fully compensated for the pain and disability you are enduring, or will continue to endure due to permanent disabilities. 


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