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May 2017 Archives

Ride-sharing drivers need more insurance

As more and more people across California rely on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, understanding their impact on the road becomes increasingly important. As a rider, Money magazine explains, you will be covered for damages up to $1 million, and if you collide with an Uber or Lyft driver, the insurance claims process is the same as it is if you were in an accident with anyone else. For drivers who use ride-sharing apps, things are not as cut and dry.

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.

Serious injuries often result from commercial truck crashes

Most people drive carefully to avoid car crashes. You may double-check your mirrors before merging, diligently use your blinkers to signal other drivers, and slow before intersections, even if you have the right away. While these practices are critical to improving your overall safety, they can't change the way other people are driving. Often, the bigger the other vehicle in the crash, the greater the risk it represents for you and your passengers. Commercial vehicles, particularly semi trucks, are responsible for a large number of serious injuries and deaths every year in California.

Fullerton apartment building struck by semi truck

The many semi trucks and other commercial vehicles one may see traveling throughout Kern County at any given time may cause a bit of anxiety in the drivers that share the road with them. Any sort of abrupt movement may send the cargo that such vehicles carry flying into the road, or could cause the vehicles themselves to lose control and endanger others. Yet if there is one place where people may rightly feel safe from the dangers posed by these vehicles, it is in their rooms. In some cases, however, even a residential structure may be at risk of collision from a big rig.

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?