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Accountability for medical costs after a car accident

The impact of motor vehicle collisions can lead to extensive medical costs associated with treatment and recovery. FindLaw.com explains that who is responsible for those costs depends on who was responsible for the accident, as determined by California car accident compensation laws covering "at fault" and "pure comparative negligence" statues.

Proper driving procedures when in or around recreational vehicles

A recreational vehicle is a great way to have fun in California, but such a large vehicle may be part of a larger accident than a small car. An RV owner should take the time to understand their vehicle and the legalities around driving it. Likewise, those who share the road with RVs should know the best ways to avoid an accident with this much larger vehicle.

Comparative negligence divides fault between parties

California state law offers more than one option for litigating damages in motor vehicle accident cases. Determination of fault in cases involving vehicular accidents can impact the outcome of lawsuits and settlements, including any damages owed by one or more parties.

Know the different consequences for drunk and distracted driving

Before cellphones, distracted driving in California often entailed a motorist who was changing radio stations, eating fast food or applying makeup while at the wheel. With so many digital technologies readily available, distracted driving has become more common. Another familiar road hazard is drunk driving, but the two impaired states and their consequences are not as similar as a person might think. 

No recall issued on semiautonomous car after crash

Automobile manufacturers continue to add safety features to vehicles to reduce the number of traffic accidents each year, and many people in California are enthusiastic about the technology. In addition to the airbags and anti-lock brakes that drivers may now take for granted, there are lane departure warning systems, cameras that detect other vehicles in blind spots and automatic braking. When people rely too heavily on new technology, though, they could be putting themselves at greater risk of a crash. 

What you need to know about vehicle recalls

If you are one of the millions of Americans who received a recall notice because your vehicle includes a Takata airbag, you might be familiar with the process of getting a defective part replaced at a local California dealership. However, not everyone who owns a defective car knows that safety may be compromised. At Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP, we understand the critical importance of identifying and replacing defective vehicle parts before they cause injuries, or even deaths.

Whiplash and its consequences

Drivers and passengers in California who are in car accidents often get whiplash from the impact. The consequences from whiplash can vary from mild muscle irritation to major nerve damage. Being aware of the symptoms and treatment strategies is important to decrease the chances of long-term effects.

Marijuana and driving

Now that marijuana use is legal in California, law enforcement is struggling with ways to prove that marijuana is involved in cases of driving under the influence. The lack of appropriate road-side tests and the fact that evidence of marijuana sticks around for weeks are just some of the issues.

Steps to take in a hit and run accident

People in California who are involved in, or witness, a hit and run accident should know the steps to take to make sure damage and injuries are kept to a minimum. A hit and run often involves an unattended parked vehicle, but in more serious cases it involves either a moving vehicle, bicyclist or pedestrian.

Making mass transit safer

High numbers of California residents and visitors take some type of mass transit on a weekly, and often daily, basis. Convenience and concern for the environment have increased the role of mass transit in many communities throughout the state. Public transportation consists of buses, subways, commuter and light rail, ferries, trolleys and streetcars. In order to enhance safety, these systems must constantly be maintained and monitored to prevent catastrophes from occurring.

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