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A motor vehicle accident can rock your world. You may have a great home life with a stable income and all of your physical capacities at one moment, and in the next you are seriously injured in a way that leaves you disabled, unable to work, experiencing pain and suffering, and in financial trouble. For many Californians who find themselves in this situation, it can be infuriating to find out that the accident in question could have been prevented if the driver who caused it had merely been sober or paying attention to the road.

What steps should I take after a car accident?

The moments following a car accident in California can be frightening and overwhelming. Those involved may struggle to get their bearings, and, if they suffered injuries, they might be in pain and simply want medical attention. In short, the minutes and hours following a wreck can be chaotic. However, the actions taken, and those that you fail to take, may have a profound impact on your ability to recover compensation if you choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.

Car accidents and herniated discs

As we have discussed previously on this blog, there are a wide variety of injuries that can be suffered in a car accident. Some are more serious than others, sometimes requiring months or years of treatment. Regardless of how serious an injury is, if it causes compensable harm and was caused by the negligence of another, then money may be recoverable via a personal injury lawsuit.

Car accidents and the family car doctrine

It's no secret that teen drivers are often dangerous drivers. In addition to their inexperience, many of these young motorists are distracted while behind the wheel, oftentimes engaging in texting and driving. As a result, many teen drivers cause car accidents that result in serious injuries. Although the victims of car accidents can typically recover compensation for the damages inflicted upon them, this can be challenging when suing a teenager who has very little, if any, money.

Our skilled litigators are ready to aggressively handle claims

We recently discussed the importance of making and meeting objections during litigation. While appropriately doing so can significantly increase the chances that you will succeed on your personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, doing so also leaves the door open to argue those issues on appeal. This is no small thing, especially since many personal injury and wrongful death cases are reversed and remanded on appeal, meaning that they are sent back to the trial court for additional proceedings that take into account the ruling by the court of appeals. In other words, a successful appeal can give you a second bite at the apple.

Why proper objections and responses are so important

If you've ever watched a courtroom drama on television, then you've probably seen countless objections made. So frequently, in fact, that you may feel like you know the basic objections and what they mean. This is true for many Californians who believe they may understand the definition of hearsay or why a fact is or isn't relevant.

Errant teenage driver strikes and kills pedestrian

While many injuries and deaths associated with car accidents occur when two or more vehicles collide, they also often involve pedestrians. Sometimes motorists fail to yield at crosswalks, but other times unsuspecting individuals are struck by vehicles while they are merely walking down the sidewalk.

Vicarious liability claims may help cover full extent of damages

Many New Mexico residents find themselves driving in close proximity to semi-trucks on a daily basis. Fortunately, these individuals are usually able to avoid getting into a truck accident, but others are not so fortunate. Fatigued, intoxicated, and distracted truckers can swerve into oncoming traffic, fail to yield to oncoming traffic, or fail to stop in time to avoid a rear-end collision. Regardless of how these accidents occur, if negligence plays a role, then an accident victim may be able to recover compensation for his or her losses via a personal injury lawsuit.

What is the importance of depositions?

Building a compelling legal case involves addressing several elements. A flaw in any one of these areas can jeopardize a claim. For this reason, someone pursuing a case, particularly a personal injury one, needs to take a holistic approach toward their claims. One way to ensure that your legal arguments are fully prepared before litigation, is by taking depositions of key witnesses.

Personal injury claims for hope of a better future

A recent post on our blog discussed the discovery process and the importance it can have when a car accident victim chooses to take legal action against the party who caused him or her harm. In the days, months, and years following a car accident, it can be easy to lose focus of one's legal options as an individual turns to his or her recovery, return to work, and coping with what could be a life-altering injury. Yet, these victims need to make sure that they are doing everything they can to protect their legal rights. After all, succeeding on a personal injury lawsuit can punish a negligent individual, provide a victim with a sense of closure, and perhaps result in the recovery of much needed compensation.

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