Minor fender benders are part of life as a driver in California, and you may be familiar with the steps needed to file a claim and report the incident. The process is more complex when a crash involves fatalities, catastrophic injuries and multiple vehicles. At Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP, our experienced team often represents clients injured in devastating car accidents.
If you have used your cellphone while behind the wheel, you are not alone. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 660,000 people use their cellphone while behind the wheel at any given time of the day. As a result, thousands of people are killed and injured in distracted driving car accidents every year. As a way to minimize this risk of accidents, injury and death, you may have replaced your hand-held cellphone with a hands-free variety. You may be surprised to learn, however, that even by doing so, you are still at risk of becoming involved in car accident due to cognitive distraction.
Many drivers in California do not have to worry about driving in snowy or icy conditions, but fog can be a problem. Fog occurs most commonly during the night and in the early to mid-morning hours. Even a little fog can be detrimental to drivers, but it can be particularly dangerous when it is very heavy and dense, so drivers should know how to drive in it to prevent accidents with other motorists.
Riding in a limo in California is typically associated with fun and special events such as weddings, bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations and wine tasting with friends. While no one wants to think about bad things during these events, passengers should be aware of some of the dangers related to riding in these luxury vehicles.
If you own a business, you may face a lot of stressors every day. For example, you could be worried about sales, issues involving some of your clients or problems with staff members, to name just a few challenges business owners face. Moreover, you may have to drive around frequently and answer your phone throughout the day. Unfortunately, this could increase the likelihood of an auto accident that may create far more serious challenges, such as a devastating injury, financial hardships or even the loss of your life. Furthermore, even if you drive responsibly, another driver could cause you to become involved in an accident.
When mass transit companies hire drivers to man their fleet, they often require that each candidate provide adequate proof that they are eligible to be driving legally in California. Along with this confirmation, they require their drivers to undergo so much training to verify that their driving skills and awareness are in line with company policies and requirements. However, a closer look at a person's driving history including a thorough background check, is often not required by many transit companies.
If you are a parent in California, you probably understand how distracting it can be to ride with your kid in the car. When you take into account trying to stop a crying baby, handing back food, looking over your shoulder to look at your child and the tiredness that accompanies being a parent, studies have shown that driving with kids in the car is one of the most distracting things you can do. Taking certain steps can help prevent an increase in accidents due to these distractions.
Drivers and passengers who are involved in car accidents in California may be awarded a variety of damages. These damages fall into two categories: economic and non-economic, and these amounts add up to almost $1 trillion in accident-related losses every year. Economic damages are easier to determine and put a dollar amount on, while non-economic damages are harder to prove and settle on. Even if a driver is determined to be the major cause of the accident, he or she may be eligible for a proportional amount of the damages except in certain situations.
California drivers who have been in an accident can suffer in a variety of ways. Besides property damage, bruises and potential whiplash, they may even have traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even with accidents in which the driver is not going fast, the brunt of a collision can cause damage to the brain, resulting in short- or long-term consequences. It is important to understand the symptoms of a TBI so one can get medical help right away.
California is the perfect state for motorcycles, but having them on the road can be risky for everyone. Accidents involving motorcycles are often caused by other drivers, which is why all motor vehicle operators should know how to share the road safely with motorcyclists.