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Should You Accept A Car Accident Insurance Offer?

Should You Accept A Car Accident Insurance Offer?

Auto Accident
If you are involved in a car accident that is not your fault, it is often a complex decision whether or not to settle with the other driver’s insurance company or take the other driver to court. Whether or not you should accept a settlement offer from the other driver’s insurance company depends on a variety of factors. Foremost, you should have the advice of a lawyer before you even consider entertaining a settlement offer from an insurance company. Too many unrepresented accident victims accept inadequate settlements because they did not have a lawyer review the offer. It is good to expect that the first offer made will almost always be a lowball offer and will not properly compensate you for your injuries and losses suffered by the accident. Always…
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Steps To Hold Drunk Drivers Liable for your Injuries

Steps To Hold Drunk Drivers Liable for your Injuries

Auto Accident
Drunk driving is a serious problem in California, claiming more than 3,000 lives last year in the state alone. If you are involved in a drunk driving accident and you are injured, there are certain steps you should take to ensure that the drunk driver is held liable for your injuries.  First off, if you notice the other driver who caused the accident is intoxicated, you should immediately notify the authorities when you call to report the accident. Never confront the driver on your own, as they might get agitated. You should be sure to take a picture, if possible, of their license plate and vehicle, as soon as you can after the crash. That way, if they flee the scene (as many drunk drivers try to do), you can…
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Possible Insurance Issues after a Traffic Crash

Possible Insurance Issues after a Traffic Crash

Auto Accident
There are numerous possible insurance issues you may face after being involved in a car accident. First, you might not be able to obtain the other driver’s insurance information in the case of a hit and run. If the other driver flees the scene and you fail to get a picture of their license plate, you may not have the option of making a claim against their insurance company and will have to rely on your own insurance to cover it. In such a case, you will likely have to make an uninsured motorist policy claim, something California requires insurance companies to offer. Filing a claim with your own insurance company rather than the other driver’s insurance is known as a first-party insurance claim, whereas a claim against another driver…
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What Happens When You Meet with a Car Accident Lawyer?

What Happens When You Meet with a Car Accident Lawyer?

Auto Accident
When meeting with a car accident lawyer for the first time, it can be intimidating. It can help to know what to expect, as you have no reason to be stressed about your initial consultation with an attorney. The first step of your meeting with a car accident attorney will usually be a case assessment. You will provide the lawyer with all the information they need to properly assess whether you have a valid cause of action to seek compensation. They might ask questions about how the accident occurred, as well as your medical expenses, property damage, personal injuries, and other related damages that you have suffered from the accident. A car accident lawyer will be honest and tell you when they believe you do not have a valid claim.…
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Signs Of a Concussion After A Bicycle Accident

Signs Of a Concussion After A Bicycle Accident

Bicycle Accident
Even if you wear a helmet every time you are on a bike, you can still suffer head trauma and a concussion if you crash and fall off. Studies have found that nearly 25% of active cyclists in America who’ve been in a bicycle accident have suffered a concussion. Therefore, it is not an uncommon occurrence whatsoever, and you should be on high alert for any signs that you should seek medical help. For example, if you have blurred vision or ringing in your ears immediately after hitting your head, that is a red flag.  Dizziness, nausea, and vomiting are also fairly clear signs that you may have suffered a concussion in your accident. If you find yourself experiencing temporary memory loss after the accident, or if you’re having difficulties…
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Tour Bus Accidents in Beverly Hills

Tour Bus Accidents in Beverly Hills

Bus Accident
Tour bus accidents are quite frequent in the Beverly Hills area, likely due to all the tourism the area gets. You can see many tour bus accidents in news reports - a lot of them involving an intoxicated or otherwise negligent bus driver.  For example, in a recent year, a tour bus driver caused an accident that left eight people injured, and the driver was arrested for driving under the influence. This is just one example of a frequent occurrence with tour buses in the Beverly Hills area.  The primary factors that seem to drive these frequent tour bus accidents in this area are intoxicated driving, distracted driving, or generally negligent driving by the bus driver. In some situations, the tour bus companies are not regulating the performance and conduct…
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Was Your Child in a Pedestrian Accident on Halloween?

Was Your Child in a Pedestrian Accident on Halloween?

Personal Injury
Every year on October 31, hoards of pedestrians take to the streets to celebrate Halloween.  This increase in foot traffic is fun, but it also increases the risk to pedestrians of being involved in an injurious accident caused by a motor vehicle. The risks are higher due to both the increase in foot traffic on this specific day, as well as the fact that most people usually trick-or-treat at dusk or after dark. Drivers are not always paying attention and can hit pedestrians who might be difficult to see. Studies have shown that on Halloween, the increased risk of potential injury to pedestrians by vehicular traffic increases significantly. Data shows that most Halloween traffic deaths occur in residential neighborhoods, and a disproportionate amount of the deaths involved minors.  For example,…
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Watch Out for Drunk Drivers Over the Holidays

Watch Out for Drunk Drivers Over the Holidays

Auto Accident
After Halloween, the holiday season gets into full swing. This means gatherings with friends and family, office parties, and other celebrations through the end of the year. During this time, the number of drunk drivers increases on the road, which increases the chances that your holidays will be ruined by a drunk driving crash and injuries. Statistics show that the risks of drunk driving fatalities increase by 129 percent on New Year’s Day, and this is only one of many upcoming holidays that brings with it drunk driving. No matter how safe you are, you cannot always avoid driving alongside drunk drivers. What you can do is watch out for signs that a driver might be intoxicated, including: Vehicles veering out of their intended laneSwerving or jerking of a vehicle…
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How Much Can You Get for a Car Accident Claim?

How Much Can You Get for a Car Accident Claim?

Auto Accident
What you can receive from a legal claim following a car accident depends on a variety of factors. Specifically, it depends on how severe your injuries were and the extent of your many losses. The more serious the accident and injuries, the larger the sum of money you might expect to receive from a claim arising out of that car accident. The only way we can know exactly what your claim is worth is for us to review your specific injuries and losses. Some losses are easier to calculate than others, and examples of losses that might factor into your claim include: Medical expenses - You can seek compensation for all of the costs of your past and future medical treatment. If you have not finished your treatment yet, calculating…
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Are You Following Your Medical Treatment after a Crash?

Are You Following Your Medical Treatment after a Crash?

Auto Accident
After being in a car crash and sustaining injuries, you might begin a long road to recovery and rehabilitation. In order to ensure that you are allowing your wounds to heal as they should, it is important to keep up with your medical treatment long after your accident occurs.  This means following the doctor's orders, going to follow-up appointments, and continuing ongoing care, such as physical therapy, to continue the healing process.  This can affect your car accident injury claim as well, as the opposing party to your claim will be looking to make sure you are doing all you can to help reduce the severity and impact of your injuries. If you are doing nothing to help your injuries in the aftermath of the accident, additional complications can arise,…
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