If you are in a car accident in California, and it is the other driver's fault, he or she should be responsible for many of your related expenses. While property damage and injuries are obvious expenses, there are other ones you may not even think about. It is important to keep track of everything that relates to the accident so the party responsible can pay.
From drunk people getting behind the wheel to a driver ignoring traffic signs, auto collisions happen for many reasons. Weather can factor into a crash in different ways, whether a driver loses control of their vehicle due to poor conditions on the road or their visibility is impacted by fog, snow or rain. Moreover, sunlight can also interfere with a driver’s ability to see the road and may lead to a motor vehicle collision. If you drive while it is very sunny out, there are different things you should keep in mind.
If you are a parent of young kids in California, you understand the challenges that come with transporting your children. Whether you have an infant in a car seat or a five year-old in a booster, you know it is the law that you need the proper seats and anchorage to drive them around in your personal vehicle. What about if you need to take a ride share, such as Uber or Lyft, or a cab? You may be less sure about the rules and laws surrounding this, but the bottom line is you need to keep your child safe.
If you are the victim of a hit and run accident in California, you are probably frustrated and angry. Whether you were not in your vehicle or the accident occurred while you were driving, you may have trouble getting the perpetrator to cover property damage and medical care for injuries. If you are the victim of this type of crash, there are certain steps you should take.
Head-on collisions occur on California roadways every day. The person behind the wheel may be a good driver who generally follows the rules of the road and obeys speed limits. However, accidents happen. Negligent drivers are often responsible for the injury or death of good drivers in head-on impacts.
A majority of drivers are well aware of the dangers that come with driving drunk. However, some may forget that even cold medicine can interfere with driving abilities and lead to impairment behind the wheel. During cold and flu season, many people find themselves sick at some point and a lot of people take medicine to help with their symptoms. However, it is irresponsible to get behind the wheel when this medicine interferes with driving abilities in any way.
Drivers in California and throughout the country must be aware of the dangers highway debris can bring. Whether it is flying objects or vehicles swerving to avoid objects on the road, the problem results in serious accidents and even death. Drivers who are carrying loads in their vehicles must take the proper precautions to make sure the load is stable and secured.
If you get into a minor accident in California and it appears there is little, if any, damage to either party, it may be tempting to just both drive away and pretend nothing happened. If there is damage, you may be a little shaken from the accident and forget what you should do. No matter how serious or minor a crash may be it is always important to, at minimum, exchange information with the other parties involved because issues can pop up later even if you do not expect them to.
Parents of teenagers in California have a lot to be concerned about, and if their teens are driving there are even more reasons to worry. Teenagers are at the highest risk of car accidents, and many of these are serious or even fatal. With the high prevalence of crashes, teens need to be trained to practice extra caution behind the wheel.
Traffic congestion during the daily commute is part of the driving experience in northern California. However, when roads are wet, the conditions can go from frustrating to dangerous. At Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP, we often represent clients who have been severely injured in a multi-car accident as a result of poor road conditions.