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Cycling Accidents at Intersections: Who is at Fault?

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Accidents at intersections are the most common cycling accidents throughout the world. As many cars don’t know how to share the road with a cyclist, they often neglect to pay attention to them, leading to a number of tragic accidents. However, who is at fault? In most states, cyclists have to follow the same rules of the road as a car does. So if a cyclist doesn’t follow the rules, could they be at just as much fault as the car that wasn’t paying attention?

Right of Way When There Are No Traffic Signals

When two people approach an intersection and there are no traffic signals, the vehicle (including a bicycle) that arrives first has the right of way. If two vehicles somehow end up there at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right of way. This also counts for intersections with stop signs. So if you were riding your bicycle and were clearly the first to arrive, you still have the right of way, because you do count as a vehicle.

Right of Way When There Are Traffic Signals

Unlike other intersections, crossing an intersection with traffic lights safely can be pretty tricky. Sometimes a bicycle is not able to trigger the signal sensors so the light may effectively stay red until a car comes along. If you are trying to cross at one of these intersections, you are given two options: try to trigger the sensors or wait until it is safe to cross against a light. To be clear, if you are unable to set the sensors off and choose to cross, if you get hit, it will still be the fault of the cyclist in most common cases.

If you have been in a cycling accident and aren’t sure who was at fault for it, contact us today. We can help you sort out the legal details and make sure you get the justice that cyclists deserve.

Mistakes to Avoid After an Auto Accident

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Car accidents are one of the top personal injury accidents in the world, but even if the accident is a minor one, the costs can be major. However, it is not always the accident that can cause those involved to have to shell out tons of money, but the costly mistakes they make afterwards.

Failing to Gather Information

After an auto accident, we are not always in the right frame of mind or physically able to gather information from the scene. Luckily, that is what police on the scene are for. After an accident, especially if you are looking to file a legal or insurance claim, be sure to contact the police to get copies of their documentation.

Missing the Statute of Limitations

Most incidents, from accidents all the way to sexual assault, have a statute of limitations. However, when it comes to auto accidents, the statute of limitations is strict and with a short window. You only have two years to file a suit against the liable party before the statute runs out. That seems plenty long, but it can take awhile to prepare for filing, heal from injuries, and actually decide if you want to go to court.

Not Following Up with Medical Care

After an accident, many injuries require immediate care, but other injuries are not always so noticeable. If you don’t cite injuries when you file suit, you will not get any compensation for them. This is why it is important to go to your follow-up exams before filing a claim, so you actually get an amount that can cover all your injuries.

If you have been hurt in an auto accident and want to avoid any detrimental mistakes, contact us today.

Knowing the Rights as a Passenger in an Auto Accident

Thursday, February 16, 2017

While drivers are often the recipients of injuries in auto accidents, too often we forget that passengers are just as susceptible to these injuries. However, depending on who is at fault, the driver may be eligible for compensation to cover their medical bills and other expenses, but what about the passenger?

Like the driver, passengers have certain rights after an accident. However, the first and most important thing is to get checked out after an accident. It gives doctors a chance to diagnose, document, and treat injuries in an accident, something that will be important for any legal proceedings.

After being seen by a doctor, you should contact your lawyer for a consultation. Liability can often be a difficult thing to decide, but fortunately for passengers, they are rarely held liable for an accident. Instead, if they were injured in an accident, they are entitled to damages from the liable party. Unfortunately, sometimes this may be the driver of the car you were in. In most cases, the insurance of the driver or responsible party will end up covering your injuries.

However, while this is a stressful time, the passenger should avoid any altercations with the responsible party. These outbursts can become violent and may result in legal action against the victim. That is something no one wants.

If you were the passenger in an auto accident and need representation, contact us today. You do have rights as a passenger in an accident, but you need to be sure you have someone to represent them.

How Social Media Affects Personal Injury Cases

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. It connects us with old friends and helps us make new ones, but while it is great to share important moments of your life, sharing accidents may not be so advised.

No matter what your privacy settings are, nothing you post on the internet is private. In a personal injury case, this can be used against you. Take for example the case that was filed by Reverend Al Sharpton’s daughter, Dominique Sharpton. It became a famous case not for the $5 million in damages she sued New York City for after spraining an ankle on a city street, but because of how the city rebuked the claim. Shortly after filing her suit, lawyers found an Instagram photo she took of her hiking to the top of a mountain on a day hike, an event that happened after the injury.

This marked the dawn of using social media to refute personal injury claims. If you have been in an accident, silence is golden on social media. Like employers, lawyers have the right to bypass your privacy settings and look at everything you post to prove their case. If you are seeking damages, it is best to withhold your statuses, leave no check-ins on Foursquare, and especially post no photos. They will hurt your case.

If you were injured and believe you are entitled to damages, not only should you stay off social media, but you will need a good lawyer to represent you. Contact us today for everything from representation to legal advice.

Sources of Evidence to Gather After a Pedestrian Accident

Thursday, February 02, 2017

If you were a pedestrian outdoors and were involved in an accident that resulted in injury, you have the right to pursue legal action against those responsible to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. There are rules of the road for both pedestrians and those they share the world with to ensure pedestrian accidents are kept to a minimum, but when accidents do happen, the case is not always to straight forward. To ensure you win you claim, you need strong evidence. Don’t wait until months after the accident, either. Start gathering your evidence as soon as possible, even if you choose not to seek legal action later.


Photographs of an accident are often taken for insurance purposes, but they can also help your legal case. Be sure to get copies so you can easily counter a motorist’s defense if they try to change what happened in the accident.

Medical Records

Medical records are important for any personal injury case. They don’t prove how the accident went down, but they do prove your injuries.

Your Clothing

Many people forget that clothing can be valuable evidence. Car paint and other debris can be lodged on your clothing that prove the force of impact was enough to damage the car and therefore damage you. It is important to ask emergency room personnel to keep your clothing if your accident was bad enough to merit them disposing of it.

Evidence is crucial in a solid personal injury case. If you were injured in the Los Angeles area as a pedestrian, contact us. We can help you gather evidence and build the strongest possible case to get the settlement you deserve.

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