The Risks of Tailgating

The Risks of Tailgating

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In the Beverly Hills and L.A. areas, our freeway traffic and road rage are world-famous. As Beverly Hills car accident lawyers, we have seen firsthand how tailgating and other aggressive driving tactics can cause severe injuries to others. Two-Second Following Distance or One Full Car Length As a refresher, every driver should know that when your car is in motion, you should be able to count “one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand” between the time the car in front of you passes a fixed point and when your car passes the same point. This is called a “Two Second Following Distance.” When you are coming to a stop, leave one full car length between you and the car in front of you. If Someone is Tailgating You Remember to drive defensively, not aggressively. If…
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Who Was Responsible for Your Motorcycle Accident?

Who Was Responsible for Your Motorcycle Accident?

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Everywhere in Southern California, you can see people zipping around on their motorcycles and other two-wheeled motor vehicles. While this can be an adrenaline rush and a great way to enjoy the climate and views, other drivers regularly crash into motorcyclists and cause them serious injuries. It is key to identify who can be held responsible for your crash, as this party should also be responsible for all of your injury-related losses. Consider All Related Parties In a motorcycle crash, there can be more than one at-fault party. You may just be thinking this is about you and the other driver, however, in a personal injury case from a motorcycle crash, these parties may also be partially or wholly responsible: The last mechanic who worked on your bike (and/or the…
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How a Spinal Injury Can Change Your Life Financially

How a Spinal Injury Can Change Your Life Financially

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At our Beverly Hills personal injury law firm, we have seen the outrageous costs our spinal cord injury clients face. Spinal injuries are extremely life-altering events. Most of us are, for example, familiar with Christopher Reeves’s horseback-riding accident that left him paralyzed in a wheelchair and relying on breathing machines. He required professional care around the clock and ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Post-Accident Medical Bills For someone with paralysis, the following are some estimated costs of a spinal cord injury immediately after it occurs (hospitalization): Quadripelegic (high neck injury), $1,064,716Quadripelegic (upper spine), $769,351Paraplegic (lower spine), $347,484 Often those affected by spinal cord injuries are in the hospital (or transitional nursing homes) for 6 to 12 months or more.                                                        The costs of care continue well after being released…
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How Much Compensation Can You Get After a Car Accident?

How Much Compensation Can You Get After a Car Accident?

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As a Beverly Hills personal injury law firm, people ask us questions like these every day. The reality is that we cannot even provide a guess about the value of your claim without knowing the details of your case. Your compensation will be determined by a variety of factors, mostly concerning the losses that you incurred due to the accident and your resulting injuries. We can evaluate your situation and give you an idea of what you might expect if you can pursue a car accident claim. Medical Expenses Serious injuries need immediate medical care, and you might need ongoing treatment for weeks, months, or even years. Never avoid medical help due to concerns about cost, as getting the diagnosis and treatment you need is critical to the success of…
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Should You Accept A Car Accident Insurance Offer?

Should You Accept A Car Accident Insurance Offer?

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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

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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?

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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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Watch Out for Drunk Drivers Over the Holidays

Watch Out for Drunk Drivers Over the Holidays

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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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