Car Accidents

Despite California’s continuous efforts to keep people safe, many people choose to ignore these traffic rules and carelessly manipulate the steering wheel. As a common result, these people end up suffering consequences or even cause injuries to others. The leading cause of death and injury in the United States is from car accidents. The more cars that are brought on the road means that there are more chances for drivers to be exposed to hazards and threats to their lives.

Did you know that every year there are 6 million traffic accidents in the United States? Of these 6 million accidents, 3 million injuries occur and 2 million of those accidents leave passengers in permanent partial paralysis. Auto accidents cause more than 40,000 deaths each year. When it comes to driving, every driver is bound to experience some kind of accident at some point. Whether it’s a small accident or a more serious accident, you should always be careful when driving.

Here are some useful tips for anyone who has been involved in a tragic car accident:

  • Don’t be embarrassed.
    • It is important to stay composed as much as possible in the event of a car accident. If you give in to the embarrassment, it’ll just end up interfering the whole situation.

  • Report the accident to the police.
    • Experienced drivers will always tell you to report your accident to the police no matter what. This is extremely helpful in the case that you want to sue the other party involved. Although in foreign countries, like Korea, drivers are not accustomed to reporting car accidents to the police, it is highly advised to do so in the United States. One of the lawyer’s first questions will be whether or not you called the police to report the accident.

  • Do not discuss the accident with anyone other than the police at the scene of the accident.
    • Being in an accident can cause trauma so you might not be able to think clearly and concisely. Therefore, do not speak to the police without asking a question first. Then, you can tell the police how you have been injured. Make sure to simplify your explanation and speak as clearly as possible. (If you have a contact accident at an intersection with a traffic light,

  • Make sure you record all your facts.
    • It is very important that you get as many facts about the accidents recorded. You must get the contact information and addresses of all the persons involved. In addition to their license plate number, you must also write down the vehicle registration number of the suspect’s vehicle. Also, make sure to get the vehicle’s insurance company. As the number of hit-and-run drivers continue to increase, make sure to record all the necessary information needed. Lastly, do not forget to write down the contact information of any witnesses at the scene of the accident as well.

  • Seek advice from a reputable lawyer.
    • Whether you file a lawsuit or not, there is a high possibility that you will be involved in a lawsuit. You can find about your rights by seeking a lawyer who will speak on your behalf in any type of legal situation.

Truck Accidents

In the United States, truck accidents occur every 16 minutes and many of these accidents can have catastrophic consequences causing serious injuries or even deaths. Because of these huge 18 wheeler trucks, victims in passenger cars or other similar sized vehicles are at risk of being exposed to certain injuries such as:

  • Internal Bleeding

  • Bone Fractures

  • Head Trauma

  • Spinal Nerve Damage

  • Scarring

Truck accidents are very different from normal car accidents. Since the truck driver’s position in commercial trucks is often very high, visibility of their surrounding areas is very low as it easy for them to overlook certain vehicles on the road.

Another factor that differentiates truck accidents from car accidents is the is the degree of damage and injury cause by such accidents. Because the size of the truck is relatively larger than most vehicles, accidents caused by trucks tend to cause more damage than a regular car accident. Also, trucks usually require a longer braking distance than your average commuter car.

So you may find yourself wondering, how do truck accidents happen?

Here are some of the many reasons for truck accidents to occur:

  • Truck drivers normally tend to speed aggressively on the road.
  • This is usually because they have a strict and often unrealistic schedule to meet.
  • There is usually a lack of inspection of tires, brakes, and headlights on these trucks.
  • Some trucks get too close to other cars on the road.
  • Drivers often experience major fatigue and carelessness due to excessive working hours.
  • Use of mobile phones while driving on the road.
  • Lack of mirror installation for blind spots.
  • Reckless driving when stuck in traffic jams.
  • Failure to abide by truck speed limits.

In most cases, negligence is the main cause of truck accidents. However, sometimes the negligence of corporate policies are also the case as well. For example, some trucks have a front bumper but can be missing side or rear bumpers.

Driving next to a large commercial truck is extremely dangerous and not recommended. It is crucial that all drivers on the road refrain from driving closely to these large trucks. Since these trucks have a lot of blind spots, it is very common for truck drivers to not see a neighboring vehicles next to them. Please remember to be very careful when driving next to large trucks on the road.

Dog Bites

Animal attacks can cause very serious injuries and mental disorders in humans. Accidents with animals are bound to happen and sometimes hard to avoid. Ever year, many people are bitten by dogs, clawed at by cats, bitten by snakes, spiders, or other unusual animals. Animal attacks can cause a lot of suffering for victims and can even affect the rest of their lives. Being bitten by a dog or cat can put you at risk for life-threatening rabies. Unfortunately, the number of victims of attacks by these animals are particularly high among children.

The main cause of these attacks is from the carelessness of the owners of the pets. It is essential that all owners tame their pets in order to prevent a sudden escape from their control. Owners should properly train and have control of their pets. Surprisingly, California ranks #1 in the state that has the most dog attacks on humans. The entire U.S. insurance industry pays roughly $1 billion annually for dog bites. One-third of the money paid from homeowners’ liability claims is being paid in relation to dog attacks. Dog attacks can cause serious damage to the face or body, especially for children. If you or someone around you is a victim of a dog attack, you should consult a lawyer immediately.

In California, it does not take a lot to prove that a dog is ferocious and prone to biting people. If there is even just one bite, a claim can be made. However, there are a few things that you must prove in order to make this claim.

Under California Law, these are the things you must prove in order to file a civil lawsuit:

  • That the defendant owns the dog.
  • The dog actually bit you.
  • That you were legally in the vicinity of the dog.
  • You were actually physically injured from the dog bite.

The following is Section 3342 of the California Civil Law, which refers to damage caused by dogs. The provisions of this section contain information that allows the owner to take responsibility for the damage, even if the damage was cause for the first time.

Civil Code of California Section 3342:

3342. (a) The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner within the meaning of this section when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner.

(b) Nothing in this section shall authorize the bringing of an action pursuant to subdivision (a) against any governmental agency using a dog in military or police work if the bite or bites occurred while the dog was defending itself from an annoying, harassing, or provoking act, or assisting an employee of the agency in any of the following:

  1. In the apprehension or holding of a suspect where the employee has a reasonable suspicion of the suspect’s involvement in criminal activity.
  2. In the investigation of a crime or possible crime.
  3. In the execution of a warrant.
  4. In the defense of a peace officer or another person.

(c) Subdivision (b) shall not apply in any case where the victim of the bite or bites was not a party to, nor a participant in, nor suspected to be a party to or a participant in, the act or acts that prompted the use of the dog in the military or police work.

(d) Subdivision (b) shall apply only where a governmental agency using a dog in military or police work has adopted a written policy on the necessary and appropriate use of a dog for the police or military work enumerated in subdivision (b).

Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip and fall accidents are very complex and difficult to actually prove. It is essential to understand that in order to file a successful legal response, you know all the facts.

Customers who suffer from injuries cause by slipping and falling due to the follow cases can be legally assisted:

  • Slippery floors
  • Partially frozen areas
  • Sudden changes of height in the floor
  • Uncovered or improperly covered holes and waterways

In the United States, more than ten million slips or falls result in injuries each year. Most of these accidents are tragic. These terrible statistics could be drastically decreased if property owners knew about all the risks in their property. In this case, legal assistance is required when filing a personal injury lawsuit for slipping or falling.

In the case of a slip or fall accident, it is important to take detailed pictures of the accident site immediately after it happens. In order to prevent any changes that may happen to the accident site afterwards, a picture is extremely necessary to provide evidence of your accident. In addition, it is also recommend that you save pieces of clothing like shoes or pants that you were wearing at the time of the accident. This will help with explaining some of the details of the injury.

Government Claims

  1. Summary.

In California, if you file a claim with a public agency or government employee, you must file a lawsuit in accordance with the requirements of the California Tort Claim Act. No claim for compensation for financial damages to a government agency without an appropriately documented request within six months. In other words, the lawsuit against the government has six months of statute of limitations. We recommend that you speak to a representative who has expertise in the relevant legal field (e.g. personal injury or medical accident) in order to obtain specific information about your litigation or time.

In the Old English Law, there is a phrase that “Kings can do wrong”. The government claims not to be at fault, but the government could possibly make mistakes. Government-related lawsuits should be treated with special attention because the method is very different from other lawsuits.

2. When litigation is necessary.

If the government has ever caused you any damage, these damages are called “torts”. An individual who files a “tort claim” is usually a person who has suffered from damages and is called a “claimant”.

3. The person who filed the claim.

You can file a lawsuit against a government agency from either your own loss or the loss suffered by someone other than yourself.

4. How to file a claim.

You can either file a lawsuit against an individual who works for the state or government agency or you can also file against the government agency as a whole. You can either bring your bill in person or by mail. If you bring your own bill, the filing date is the date you took it. If you mail your invoice, the filing date is the date in which it was sent (not to get confused with the date that the agency receives it). When you want to send the mail out, we recommend a proof-of-content mail that requires a return receipt. Some government agencies have their own billing forms. You may need to contact them directly to get that form. However, if you have all the required information (see below), it is not necessary for you to use the agency’s specific form.

5. Time sensitive.

California’s Tort Claim Act has a strict time limit that you must follow when filing a claim against a government agency. If you file a lawsuit against a personal injury, you must file for compensation within six months of the date of the injury.

6. Overdue compensation applications.

Occasionally, a claimant may have to wait six months or more to file a personal injury lawsuit against a government agency. Legally, the two cases of late lawsuits. First, there is a late lawsuit without a late claim and the second is a late lawsuit with a late claim attached to it. “You must write a letter to the government agency within a reasonable time not exceeding one year from the date of the injury if you apply for late compensation. Gov’t code section 911.4(b). The “conformity” of the deferral is determined for each case, and even a shorter period of deferral may still be considered inappropriate.

7. What happens once you apply for compensation.

After you file a claim, the board must respond within 45 days to your acceptance or rejection of the full or partial action. If the board of directors does not respond, the lawsuit is denied on the 45th day.

Construction Site Injuries

Construction accidents are accidents related to manholes, structures, ladders, heavy machinery, fire, electric shock accidents, falls, or accidents due to mechanical defects.

If the victim is an employee and the injury was caused by negligence from the employer, employee, or other collaborative employee, it is a worker’s compensation, and a third party is allowed to file a lawsuit against the three exemptions. California’s employee casualty insurance can sue for three exemptions from employees. California’s employee casualty insurance applies to anyone who is an employee.

If the victim is an employee with a general contract, the employee’s accident insurance is applied. If the employee is an employee of an independent contract or a third party, then it is applied to a third party lawsuit. It is important to find out whether the victim is an employee or a third party contractor. Whether they are W2 or 1099, whether they are paid in cash or check payment, whether the employment time is determined by the employer or by independent contract. Whether you use the employer’s working tools or if you provide your own. Long story short, these are all factors that will affect your court case.

Lawyers always have to deal with employment status because the compensation depends on whether they are directly employed or not. Compensation for employee accident insurance is specific for each item in the relevant provisions, and lawsuits against third parties are not limited by these regulations. For example, if a person breaks their leg at the workplace, the employee will be compensated according to the employee’s accident insurance provisions and if the lawsuit is against a third party, compensation will be made in consideration of medical expenses, degree of suffering, damage, loss of income, etc. In general, compensation for lawsuits against third parties are often greater than compensations for employee accident insurance.

Other Serious Injuries

When we least expect it, our daily lives can sometimes turn tragic. Whether it’s walking across a parking lot, riding rides at amusement parks, or walking near a crowded main street near your home an accident can occur to anyone.

If you suffer from physical pain as a result of falling or slipping on defective private property, you may be able to file a lawsuit. If you suffer from physical pain, you may be able to sue. If not, there are situations where further investigation and possible legal action can be taken. Before making any decisions, you should always contact a professional lawyer who can correctly consult you on the best options possible.