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The many causes of motorcycle accidents

Southern California is a perfect place to ride a motorcycle. The weather is often dry and warm, and the scenery can be beautiful, not to mention riding a motorcycle can be a cost-effective way to travel. Despite the benefits of riding a motorcycle, there are many disadvantages, several of which can leave a motorcyclists susceptible to being injured or killed in a motorcycle accident. It is crucial that motorcyclists are aware of these dangers and the legal actions they can take in the event that they are harmed by the negligence of another.

How comparative fault can affect a personal injury claim

Anyone can be responsible for a car accident and, in fact, in most cases more than one individual can be found to be at fault. Although this may sound like a common occurrence, it may complicate matters when a personal injury lawsuit is filed by one party against the other. So, how is proportioned fault dealt with in lawsuits in California?

Teen driving week comes to a close with accidents still common

Negligence can affect any driver, regardless of age, gender, or even driving ability. Any motorist can climb behind the wheel while he or she is tired, intoxicated, or distracted. So, negligence itself is the enemy when it comes to preventing car accidents. With that being said, though, negligence does tend to affect certain age groups more than others.

How does alcohol affect one's driving abilities?

Car accidents can occur in any number of ways. Treacherous weather conditions or a poorly maintained vehicle, for example, can lead to a serious collision. Yet, most car accidents are caused by distracted and drunk driving. It's a tragic reality that many motorists either fail to recognize the dangers of this type of driving, or are aware of the risks and choose to engage in this risky behavior. This week, we will briefly look at how alcohol affects one's ability to drive, and how those facts can be used as the basis for a personal injury lawsuit.

Encinitas hit-and-run accident leaves bicyclist in a coma

With its warm weather and almost constant sunshine, California is a state where individuals can enjoy the outdoors year-round. This means that pedestrians and bicyclists can be present nearly every day of the year, and at any time of day. It is important that motorists recognize that these parties have the right of way, and they should be given the room they deserve on the roadway. This means ensuring that bicyclists aren't crowded, that pedestrians are yielded to at intersections and crosswalks, and that motorists follow all traffic laws.

Increased stopping distances can lead to truck accidents

If you've ever been surrounded by semi-trucks while driving on the highway, then you know just how daunting they can be. Many motorists find this experience nerve-wracking, and for good reason. These massive vehicles, when driven improperly, can cause a truck accident that leaves victims with serious injuries. Recovering from these injuries can take a lot of time and money, and, in some instances, permanent disabilities.

What are the dangers of drugged driving?

When Californians go out to the store, work, school, or to head to a social gathering, they may not pay much attention to the statistics regarding negligent driving. After all, an individual can only drive defensively and hope for the best. While this is true, it may be helpful to realize just how prevalent certain dangerous driving acts are in our society so that, in the event one is in a car accident, he or she may know what to look for.

Pursuing a personal injury claim? Know about leading questions

Most individuals know the basics about a civil lawsuit. In short, they must prove that the other party acted irresponsibly, that negligence caused them harm, and their harm resulted in damages, whether they be physical, emotional, and/or financial in nature. Yet, even though that process may sound relatively simple, the truth of the matter is that it can be extraordinarily complex. After all, parties to a lawsuit must follow the rules of evidence, as well as the trial rules. These rules, when used properly, can help protect an individual's rights. When they are not utilized, then a victim can find him or herself taken advantage of by the other side.

Pursuing a personal injury claim? Seek strong advocacy

Last week on the blog we discussed the different types of remedies that may be recovered when you succeed on a personal injury claim. This compensation can be extremely beneficial as you try to reclaim your health and get back to work. For many accident victims, insurance simply isn't enough to cover their damages, so a personal injury lawsuit is their last resort for financial stability.

Could an app actually curb distracted driving?

It is amazing what we can do with our smartphone apps these days. We can hail a ride, meet someone special, get turn-by-turn directions and even get the latest headlines all with a swipe or two. With access to so much information in the palm of our hand, no wonder some of us are addicted to our phones.

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