It is important that California residents seek legal guidance when they are involved in serious incidents, such as car accidents. That is because different cases may be resolved in different ways, and the theories of law that support some victims' claims may not be the same as for other victims. To this end, this post does not offer legal advice and is informational in its contents.
Getting hit by a car can be a traumatic experience for an Alameda driver. Aside from the injuries they may suffer and the damage their car may sustain, they may feel extreme stress over figuring out just how to cope with the aftermath of the crash.
The 4th of July is perhaps the most celebrated summer holiday for Americans. With children out of school and individuals able to take vacation days around it, the 4th of July is often used as a reason to get together with family members, good friends, and beloved associates. When individuals come together to enjoy each other's company and to revel in the independence of the country, they may choose to do so with food, fireworks, and alcohol.
Although speed limits may at times seem like hindrances to drivers who need to get to their destinations in timely manners, they exist for important reasons. California laws and regulations dictate how fast drivers may operate their vehicles in certain locations and on different types of roads so that they do not lose control and cause injuries to themselves and others. When drivers ignore these laws, devastating accidents can happen, like one that recently occurred in Berkeley.
By now most people in California are aware that using a cellphone while behind the wheel of a car can be dangerous. Such distractions take a driver's focus off of the task of driving. When they are not aware of their surroundings, distracted drivers can easily cause a car accident. And, according to one study, millennial parents -- those parents between the ages of 22 to 37 -- are highly likely to use a cellphone while driving.
A catastrophic injury in one in which a life, and often several other lives of family members, are forever changed. It is an event characterized by not only disabilities and difficulty with normal day-to-day activities, but also severe financial and emotional stress on a victim's family.
In determining the correct cause of a car accident, crash reconstruction can be a vital tool. It can piece together the entire picture of a scene, including the before and after accident circumstances. In fact, it is so important that a car accident injury case may be won based on the findings of a crash reconstruction report, especially in a wrongful death matter. While these reports are usually not required for minor accidents or fender benders, they are of the utmost importance when a death has occurred.
An accident in the Bay Area on a state highway left one person dead and another person hospitalized with serious injuries. Police say the injured victim is expected to survive the accident.
California recently joined its sister states on the West Coast, as well as a handful of other states in the country, in allowing for the legal use of marijuana amongst adults. No matter how one feels about whether this is a positive policy move or ill-advised decision, this social change is going to present new challenges with respect to traffic safety, particularly now that this drug is legal in the state with the largest population.
Like other states, California allows injured victims in some cases to ask for what are referred to as punitive damages or exemplary damages. As with other types of cases, victims of car accidents in the Bay Area may be able to recover punitive damages under certain circumstances.