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Road debris causes fatal freeway crash

The causes of car accidents in California run the gamut from driver negligence to poor road conditions and then some. People who choose to drive while drunk, text while driving or drive recklessely such as weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds all put other innocent people at risk unnecessarily. However, it is not always the immediate choices of drivers that end up prompting an action that results in a crash.

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in California?

You may hear news reports regarding wrongful death lawsuits in Kern County and wonder exactly who benefits from such action. After all, the decedent is no longer around to benefit from the money, and no amount of compensation can truly make up for the loss felt by his or her family. Yet in most cases, the amounts awarded in wrongful death cases are simply meant to fill the financial void left by the decedent. As a wrongful death action is typically filed on behalf of the decedent, compensation earned from such action is awarded to his or her estate, which is managed by a personal representative or executor. Given this connection, you may wonder exactly who can initiate a wrongful death lawsuit?

Girl shot to death near Los Angeles motel

California residents know that they should be able to count on the law and law enforcement to help them stay safe. They should also be able to count on businesses to properly monitor their employees and the people who enter their premises in order to ensure other people are kept safe. When this does not happen, innocent people may be at risk of injury or even death. 

Understanding loss of consortium

Most in Kern County may assume that when a person files a wrongful death lawsuit, he or she may be seeking to recover only the amount that the decedent provided in financial support. However, the emotional void that one experiences following the unexpected death of a loved one is often greater than the financial burden that he or she may now be asked to bear. In such cases, the law does allow one to attempt to seek compensation for his or her emotional losses.

Marked increase in California traffic deaths over past two years

Recently released statistics should give pause to anyone who travels on the roads of California; the year 2016 saw a 14 percent increase in traffic deaths. And this represents a continuing trend as traffic fatality numbers have shot up 19 percent in the last two years.

New statistics show rise in fatal traffic accidents

Perhaps one day we will all be able to get into a car, state our destination and then sit back and enjoy a safe, worry-free ride without even having to touch the steering wheel. Or maybe cars will be able to avoid collisions by communicating with one another. These technologies are in the works and could very well become a normal part of automotive travel.

Number of motor vehicle fatalities soared in first half of 2016

The official release of traffic statistics for the full year of 2016 is likely several months away. However, recently the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a report for the first half of the year that contained some very somber news. According to the report, the first six months of 2016 saw a 10.4 percent increase in traffic fatalities compared to the first six months of 2015. And this marks the highest jump since the 1960's.

Self-care is important in the wake of losing a loved one

The unexpected loss of a loved one can leave a family in a state of utter devastation. Most of us understand that having a family member die can cause a sense of sadness. But many people who actually go through the experience are surprised at just how intense their feelings are. Shock, confusion, despair and disbelief are among the many normal emotional responses people may experience.

Loss of a mother can permanently scar a family

Mothers are often the heart and soul of their families. While everyone in a family is important, a mother will typically play a special role that makes her irreplaceable. And the untimely loss of a mother can leave a family so devastated that they will never fully recover.

Dealing with medical malpractice

Patients visit healthcare facilities to get properly diagnosed and treated. Occasionally health care professionals might make errors that can cause further injury to the patient. Medical malpractice is the negligence of a healthcare provider leading to further injury. There are several laws in place that allow patients to take legal action against the healthcare provider for negligence.