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May 2018 Archives

Car accidents and traumatic brain injury

One of the consequences of being in a car accident in California, and elsewhere, is brain injury. Whether from a direct blow to the head from the steering wheel or window, or from whiplash, head trauma can range from mild to serious. Victims should be aware of some of the symptoms so they can get medical help right away.

Distracted driving is still a big problem

Drivers in California have lived with strict cell phone laws for awhile now. The purpose of banning handheld devices while driving was to cut down on the number of accidents on the road, but distracted driving is still a major cause of crashes throughout the country. As a result, more governmental departments and organizations are doing their part to decrease this type of driving.

Can a mistake on my claim lead to insurance fraud?

Having a motor vehicle accident on California's streets and highways is stressful enough - but the process of filing your insurance claims form just doubles that stress. If you realize after the fact that you have made a mistake in your claim, particularly one that may result in increased compensation in your benefit, will your insurance company prosecute you for insurance fraud?

Understanding assumption of risk

When you send your child to romp on a playground, you assume that there is a risk of certain injuries. For instance, bumps and bruises from falling are fairly common due to the clumsiness of children. There's a risk a child could fall from monkey bars if he or she doesn't hold on tightly. If a child jumps from a swing, there's an inherent risk of landing wrong and breaking an ankle, for example.

What if I witness a car accident?

Seeing a car accident happen can be devastating. Your first instinct may be to keep moving so as not to impede any first responders or other officials on the scene, and so as not to make it worse by potentially placing your vehicle in the path of the accident. But what if you are the only one to witness the accident? What if those involve appear to be injured and unable to help themselves? Should you get involved, or contact California authorities and move on?

What is the California Victim Compensation Board?

If you have been a victim in an automobile accident, you may have heard that you can seek compensation and support from sources outside of your insurance or the other driver's insurance. There are state programs that exist to provide relief and aid for those who have suffered violent crimes in California, operated by the California Victim Compensation Board. But what is the California Victim Compensation Board, and how can you seek assistance from their programs?

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