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Why won't my insurance cover my car accident?

Being involved in a car accident can feel like a living nightmare. In addition to worrying about the safety of yourself, your loved ones and other people on the road, you will find yourself weighing up the financial damages. This will likely lead you to a lengthy process in which you attempt to gain back damages from your insurance provider.

Many insurance providers can become very difficult to work with when you are trying to gain the payout that you deserve. They might decide that they won't cover the entirety of the damages and give petty excuses for this.

Driver crashes into pedestrians in Fullerton

A night out with friends should be a stress-free way to blow off steam and enjoy one's time outside work and family commitments. In Southern California, residents have a multitude of opportunities to find fun and exciting new restaurants, bars, and other businesses where they can relax and enjoy themselves. However, a popular district in Fullerton known for its nightlife was recently shocked by a horrible accident when a pack of people was run down by an impaired driver.

In the early hours of the morning when many local establishments were closing, an impaired driver drove his pick-up truck onto a sidewalk that was crowded with pedestrians. He hit at least nine people, and reports suggest that other pedestrians had to physically lift his truck off some of the victims. The driver's truck slammed into a tree before stopping.

Protecting Californians from wrongful evictions

Finding a safe and affordable place to live can be a major challenge in Southern California. Despite the many advantages of living in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, identifying an abundance of suitable places to reside is not one of them. When a person finds a secure and well-situated place to move their family, they may jump on the opportunity to rent it and move in.

Entering into a rental agreement with a landlord is a requirement that everyone will face when they wish to rent a residential property. Prospective tenants should read the terms of their agreements carefully and they may wish to have attorneys look over those documents to ensure that their rights and privacy are protected. When tenants' rights are violated, they may find themselves subject to adverse actions by their landlords, such as wrongful evictions.

Pure comparative fault in personal injury cases

This blog has offered prior posts on negligence and how it may form the basis of legal claims for accident and injury victims. If a person is able to establish that someone owed them a duty and that party breached their duty and caused the victim harm, that victim may be able to sue for the recovery of their losses. However, in some cases, it may come out through the facts that the victims actually carried some blame for their own harm and may have contributed to the events that caused their injuries.

In some states, a person who contributes to their own personal injuries is barred from recovering any of their damages. This is not the case in California. California recognizes the legal theory of pure comparative fault. Pure comparative fault allows a person to collect their damages, even if they were partially to blame for their own harm, and the amount of damages that they can collect will be limited by their proportion of negligence.

Does California recognize holographic wills?

A will can be an important document to include in one's estate plan. Through it a person can direct where they want items of their property to be distributed, as well as assign individuals to be caretakers of their children and dependents. To create a valid will, an Encino resident must be an adult, be of sound mind, and must have two individuals witness the signing.

Not everyone who wants a will may be able to achieve these requirements before they pass on. A person with limited access to others may be on their own to prepare a document that expresses their testamentary intent. As such, the state recognizes holographic wills in limited circumstances. A holographic will is a handwritten will and, generally, these forms of wills do not have to be acknowledged by witnesses.

Motorist killed while checking vehicle on freeway

Drivers are responsible for maintaining the safe operation of their vehicles. This can mean ensuring that their brake lights work, their signals are operational, and their tires are sound. Poorly maintained vehicles can be threats to drivers as well as others who may encounter the vehicles while out on the roads.

Recently a Southern California driver stopped his vehicle in the shoulder of the 210 freeway near Rancho Cucamonga. It was reported that he may have been investigating a tire and possibly changing it. At around 7:30 in the evening he was struck by a moving vehicle that was traveling down the freeway, and the driver of that vehicle failed to stop upon causing the collision.

Making a successful car accident claim as a pedestrian

If you were hit by a car as a pedestrian in California, you may be wondering about whether you have the right to make a claim against the driver. It was the vehicle that ultimately caused you an unnecessary injury, so many people automatically assume that the driver of the vehicle should pay compensation for all damages.

However, this is not always the case. There can be rare circumstances in which the pedestrian can be at fault for the incident. For example, this could be true if the pedestrian was intoxicated and acted suddenly and irresponsibly, or if a small child walked into the street without any warning. This is why it is important that pedestrians know how they should go about proving fault so that they can gain the compensation that they deserve.

Are dog owners strictly liable for non-bite injuries to others?

An attack by a vicious dog can leave a victim with serious medical complications and may even cause them life-threatening injuries. Pain, suffering, disfigurement, and death are all possible outcomes from dog attacks. In California, when a dog bites another person, their owner is strictly liable for the harm the dog causes the victim.

Strict liability means that a victim does not have to show fault to prove that the owner of the dog that bit them is liable for their injuries. The mere fact that the dog bit them is enough to show the dog's owner is responsible. However, when a dog inflicts injury on a victim through an action not associated with biting, strict liability is no longer the standard by which the law will judge their case.

Spinal cord injuries are associated with paralysis

Serious accidents can leave California residents with significant physical harm. Past posts on this blog have discussed traumatic brain injuries, whiplash, and a host of other damages that victims can be forced to live with after an accident. This post will discuss spinal cord injuries, a serious medical condition that is associated with different forms of paralysis.

The spinal cord is a group of nerves that runs from the brain, down the back bone, and sends nerve impulses throughout the body. It is enclosed in the spinal column, a set of bones that protect it from harm. When the spinal cord suffers damage, however, its effects are generally not isolated to the site of the injury. Because the spinal cord carries messages from the brain to other areas of the body, the injury can disrupt communications at all spots below the site of the harm.

Damages for victims of personal injury accidents

A car accident may leave a victim with broken bones, brain trauma, pain, suffering, and emotional shock. On top of this, they will almost certainly face enormous medical bills, and they will probably lose income during the time it takes to recover from their injuries. In cases of serious injury, they may never be able to return to work, and thus their loss of income may be permanent.

In legal terms, these economic costs are known as damages. Victims of an accident can pursue compensation for their damages in a personal injury lawsuit, if their damages resulted from an accident caused by another party's negligence. For example, if a careless driver drove through a stop sign and collided with another car, the victim may seek to hold the careless driver liable for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.

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