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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.

What Classifies as Wrongful Death?

Thursday, January 05, 2017

When someone close to you dies, it always seems "wrong," but that doesn't mean that is classifies as wrongful death. If they slip away slowly after years of sickness, it is devastating, but it is not a wrongful death. However, when a loved one passes away, it is not always so cut and dry. If you believe that a death of a loved one classifies as wrongful death and thus entitles you to legal action to help cover their medical bills and funeral fees, there are three simple situations that are applicable for a wrongful death suit.

When the Victim is Intentionally Killed

If your loved one was the victim of a murder, that classifies as wrongful death. A good example of this is the case against OJ Simpson. Not only was he put on trial for murder, but also the wrongful death of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman. As the death was perceived as intentional, it was easy to classify.

When the Victim Dies Because of Medical Malpractice

If a doctor failed to diagnose a condition or they were careless in the level of care needed for a condition that resulted in death, not only can a malpractice suit be brought against them, but a wrongful death suit as well.

Car Accident Fatalities Caused By Negligence

If there is a car accident that resulted in the death of a loved one that was caused by the other driver's negligence, you can also bring a wrongful death suit against the offending driver.

While there are several other situations that can fall under wrongful death, you shouldn't have to research them on your own. If a loved one of yours has passed, you deserve time to grieve. Contact us today so that we can build your case while you spend time with your family.

Truck Accidents: Jackknifing Is A Major Concern As The Weather Turns And Roads Get Wetter

Thursday, December 29, 2016

With winter weather coming, you can expect the highways to get slicker and harder to navigate. You can also expect to see something else: more jackknifed 18-wheelers leaving injured people in their wake. Learn more about why this specific problem happens and what you should do if you become a victim of someone's carelessness.

What are the dangers of a jackknifed truck?

When an articulated vehicle has a cab attached to a trailer in the back by a jointed hitch, a driver that loses control of the truck can end up with the trailer folded up at a right angle from the cab, like a partially open jackknife. This can end up causing chain reaction accidents among vehicles anywhere in the truck's wake. The truck can even force smaller vehicles off the road or smash into other vehicles in its path.

What causes a truck to jackknife?

Most of the time, jackknifing is caused by nothing more than wet roads and driver error. A driver who isn't prepared to hit a slick spot on the road will put the brakes down on the drive axles too hard and too fast. The drive wheels will lock, stopping the cab, while the back end of the truck continues rolling forward.

A careful driver can prevent jackknifing by staying conscious of the weather as he or she moves through different areas and watching the road ahead. He or she can also prevent the problem through basic safety measures:

  • not tailgating and generally maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles, especially in wet or snowy weather
  • breaking slowly and carefully to avoid locking the drive axles 
  • slowing down in advance of turns, bends, ramps, and curves in the road, all of which require careful deceleration of the vehicle 

In addition, an experienced driver who realizes that his or her vehicle is swinging out of control should know to aim for the burn of the road, away from other vehicles, in order to minimize the potential injuries to others.

Why should you consider talking to an attorney?

Inexperienced drivers and negligence are the primary causes of jackknifing, which means that the truck driver and trucking company failed to take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of others on the road. Other causes can include mechanical failure, which may indicate that the trucking company hasn't been properly caring for its vehicles, and loads that are improperly packed, which shift suddenly or provide too little traction on the back half of the truck.

If you're injured due to a truck that jackknifed, you may be suffering from serious injuries that can take a long time to heal or alter your life forever. In order to receive fair compensation, talk to an attorney who is familiar with the complexities of truck accidents and their causes. You may have to press a lawsuit against more than one person or company in order to be fairly compensated in the end.

A Horrific California Tour Bus Accident Results in Multiple Fatalities

Friday, December 09, 2016

The California tour bus that rear-ended a semitrailer on a highway near Indian Canyon in California's Desert Hot Springs is believed to have been traveling at highway speeds at the time of this horrific bus accident in late October. At least 13 people died and many more suffered critical injuries when the bus slammed into the slow-moving truck. Investigators from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration will be investigating this accident for several more weeks before they issue their final report.

At least one news report about this bus accident indicated that the company which owned the tour bus had previously been sued twice for other crashes, one of which resulted in three fatalities. The bus driver in this accident owned the company that operated the bus, but he was also one of the fatalities in the accident.

Bus accidents like this one that happened on an open highway with no readily apparent safety risks raise the question of which parties bear the liability for the injuries and casualties suffered by the bus passengers. Early reports indicate that the bus that was involved in this accident had passed all required safety inspections and had not known mechanical issues that would have led to the crash. Individuals who were injured in the accident and families of those who died as a result of their injuries will likely seek legal remedies based on bus company's or the driver's alleged negligence in operating the bus.

Bus accidents pose a unique challenge for an attorney who represents an injured victim because the number of victims in any serious bus accident is likely to be larger than in a typical automobile accident. Multiple personal injury lawsuits will likely be filed following a bus accident, each of which will seek different amounts of damages as a function of each party's separate injuries. Competing negligence theories can complicate the resolution of the individual cases, whereas the single defendant will likely have a better opportunity to establish a uniform defense against all of the cases.

If you have suffered injuries in a bus accident or in any other large-scale accident that involved a single party's negligence, your best option for legal representation is to work with attorneys who have the knowledge and experience to manage these complications. The attorneys at Freeman & Freeman in the greater Los Angeles area have represented negligence victims in bus accident cases and other similar situations for many years. Please contact us to schedule a consultation on how we can help you to recover the largest possible damages award to compensate you for injuries that you have suffered in an accident.


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