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What do you do when police arrive on the scene of a car accident?

When you have been involved in an accident on California's highways and city streets, the immediate response can be panic. Accidents are frightening and your emotions may be running high, whether you are upset over a near-miss fatality, angry over damage to your vehicle, or dealing with the pain and fear associated with injury. Regardless of your emotional state, however, you should be prepared to deal with police once they arrive on the scene of the accident.

When accidents require an investigation

If the cause of a motor vehicle accident is unclear, California state or local police accident investigation teams may conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the accident, including agencies such as the California Highway Patrol Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Teams. Such investigations can be common in cases involving catastrophic injury or death, but less common in minor accidents unless an insurance company requires information to determine who was at fault and thus who is liable for monetary damages.

Can the driver in a hit and run case be acquitted of fault?

A hit-and-run can happen out of nowhere. One moment you are walking the streets of California, and the next a driver crashes their vehicle into you. Rather than remain and take accountability, the driver speeds away and leaves you injured. You have been the victim of a hit-and-run, but if you pursue a case against the driver can the driver be acquitted for any reason?

Manufacturer liability in recreational vehicle accidents

An RV trip through California's hills may be one of your favorite family pastimes, but what happens when your recreational vehicle fails you? If you have suffered a motor vehicle accident and/or injury due to a manufacturer defect in a recreational vehicle, you may be eligible to pursue charges against said manufacturer. At Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP, we understand exactly how you feel when your trust in a vehicle manufacturer is betrayed.

California seat belt regulations fall short in bus accidents

When seat belt safety is paramount to driver safety, it can be shocking to learn that California has historically had no formal law in effect regarding seatbelts on public buses and school buses. At the law firm of Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP, we understand your fear that a trip home on public transit could quickly become a trip to the emergency room.

Can you testify in your own accident case after a brain injury?

As you drive on California's busy streets and highways, an accident can happen out of nowhere. One of the greatest fears in the case of a motor vehicle accident is the fear of suffering a brain injury. While some brain injuries are mild, others can lead to permanent impairment ranging from minor cognitive and functional difficulties to complete loss of capacity. A severe enough brain injury can lead to coma or death. If you pursue a suit in the case of a motor vehicle accident and resulting brain injury, are you able to testify in your own trial?

The difference between drunk and distracted driving

While drunk driving and distracted driving can both cause motor vehicle accidents or even death, penalties vary widely in the state of California. The State of California website defines drunk driving as operating a regular passenger vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher. Driving under the influence will result in a DUI, and immediate suspension of driving privileges upon the first DUI offense.

What qualifies as "pain and suffering?"

If pursuing litigation in the state of California in the event of a motor vehicle accident or other accident resulting in injury, you may seek damages defined in the suit as "pain and suffering." Pain and suffering can cover far more than immediate physical injuries or loss of property resulting from the incident. Damages can extend to mental and emotional trauma, lost wages due to recovery or diminished capacity, long-term and short-term impact on existing relationships, and lost potential opportunities due to incapacity or irreparably changed life circumstances.

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.

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