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Who is Responsible for Accidents with Student Drivers?

Thursday, January 04, 2018

At one point, every single driver that travels the road was a learning student. They learned the rules of the road and then began to put them into practice under the instruction and supervision of a driving instructor. While an instructor's job is to make sure a student learns to drive safely, it is also part of their job to make sure they don't get into any accidents. Unfortunately, the thing about accidents is that no matter how hard you try to prevent them, they still happen. However, an accident with a student driver is tricky business. As they are not yet fully-fledged drivers and don't have insurance, does that automatically make you, the adult driver, responsible for covering the damage?

Negligence in Student Driver Accidents

If you, the adult driver, were the negligent party in an accident with the student driver, then it would work very much the same as a regular auto accident. Your insurance may be held on the hook for damages to both vehicles. However, if it can be proven that the student driver was the negligent one, then things will happen a little differently. Instead of the student being held responsible, since they have no insurance, instead the instructor will be held responsible.

If the instructor is part of a driving school, typically they have top-notch auto insurance and there is very little to worry about. However, quality of auto insurance can vary if the instructor comes as part a high school driver's education program, yet that doesn't change their liability. Similarly, if you got into an accident with a learning student while they were logging driving practice hours on their learner's permit with a parent, it will be the parent's auto insurance that will be used to cover your damages.

It is also important to remember that it is a driving instructor's job to intervene in dangerous situations to prevent accidents. In these cases, you may be able to hold the instructor as well as the driving school responsible for any injuries you sustained if they did not take enough precaution to prevent the accident. If the student was speeding or conditions on the road were not safe for driving, it is the instructor's duty to intervene in order to prevent accidents. If accidents happened as a result of that, then the instructor's skills can be called into question and the driving school can be pursued for negligent hiring practices.

However, this route should only be pursued if you were grievously injured in an accident. Otherwise, it will not result in much other than just ruining someone's life for a simple accident.

What to Do After an Accident with a Student Driver?

Actions taken after an auto accident with a student driver are actually very similar to any other auto accident. After the accident has occurred, you should:

  • Gather Information - Get the name of the student, the driving instructor, and the driving school as well as any insurance information. You may also want to gather witness statements, if possible, to verify how the accident happened and who appeared to be at fault.
  • Call the Police - It is crucial to call the police after an accident so they can create a police report. This is excellent evidence for your claim.
  • Take Photos - Be sure to snap as many photos as need be to document the damage to both vehicles, the scene of the accident, and any injuries that were the result of the accident.

Have you been in an accident with a student driver in the Los Angeles area only to find that the instructor is pushing back against covering the damage? Contact us today so the Law Office of Freeman & Freeman can help 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!

Personal Injury - Don't Live With Regrets

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Whether you suffered a personal injury from an auto accident that wasn't your fault or being attacked by your neighbor's dog, you are aware of the stress it causes and how it can complicate your life. How many of you were like me and thought you could handle everything on your own? Are you too like me and living with the regret of not seeking out the help of a personal injury lawyer.

About 22 years ago, I was in an auto accident that was not my fault. I suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, a broken nose, and some facial scars. Approximately 10 months after the accident, I received a call from the person's insurance company wanting to talk about how much they were willing to pay for my personal injuries. I accepted their offer after they gave me a little more for my broken nose. Looking back, I now realize that I made a huge mistake of not talking to a personal injury lawyer before signing off on the amount the insurance company agreed to pay.

I didn't realize at the time that it takes a year for the swelling to go completely down in a broken nose. Shortly after the year mark, I started getting pain in my nose that sometimes lasts for several days and still periodically get the pain.

Do you think that the insurance company knew this when they called 10 months after the accident? I suspect they did. If they knew, I am willing to bet a personal injury lawyer would too or would have at least been able to tell me what to consider when making my decision.

My advice to everyone is, don't be like me and think that you can handle everything on your own. There are people who want to help you and have experience dealing with the games that these companies play to get out of paying you what you deserve. For my injuries, I should have received 10 times the amount that I did; I was young and naive. I now have to live with the regret of not seeking out the help of a personal injury law firm such as Freeman & Freeman in Los Angeles. So don't live with regret, contact Freeman & Freeman on the contact us page of their website.

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.

Herniated Discs Frequent Type Of Back Injury In Wrecks

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Your spinal column consists of 33 vertebrae separated by semi-soft “discs.” Each disc consists of a softer inner area protected by a tougher outer layer. Together, these discs and vertebrae protect the spinal cord, which is about 17 inches long in adults. The spinal cord transmits information from the brain to the major nerves that extend outward to every part of the human body.

Crashes and Herniated Discs

The sudden impact of a vehicular accident may twist, bend or otherwise contort the spinal column to such a degree that one or more of the discs ruptures. When these types of back injuries happen, some of the softer inner material may escape and protrude into the spinal column. When it presses on nerves, pain or numbness may result.

The oozing of disc material into the spinal column does not always cause pain or other sensations. Also, emergency room X-rays do not typically reveal evidence of these ruptured or herniated discs. 

Delayed Diagnosis

Since the interaction between a herniated disc and nearby nerves may not become apparent for days or even weeks, a correct diagnosis is sometimes delayed. As a result, insurance companies may sometimes insist the nerve pain or numbness is not the result of the crash, and they may refuse to pay for necessary surgery or other medical treatment. 

Therefore, it may help to enlist the services of an attorney familiar with back injuries in crashes. When a disc injury requires medical treatment, it is important for the accident victim to get compensation for medical expenses and possibly for pain and suffering. In more severe cases, victims often deserve further compensation for permanent limitations they may suffer.

If you or a family member is a victim of an accident, we make it possible for you to speak with an attorney at no cost to you. To arrange for this complimentary consultation, or to ask your questions, please contact us today.




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