If you’ve been injured, you may be reluctant to engage a personal injury attorney. Many people feel they can navigate the process without professional help. Personal injury law encompasses a broad array of circumstances, and there may be occasions when you could handle a claim on your own, either through an insurance company or small claims court. In most situations, however, you would be well advised to seek the counsel of a qualified legal professional.
If you’re involved in any kind of an auto accident, there are certain rules you should always follow. Some of these rules are required by law, others are there to protect your legal rights. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in an auto accident, a bicycle accident, a motorcycle accident, or are hit by any one of them while walking down the sidewalk as a pedestrian. These rules apply in all situations.
Of the more than 40,000 people who died in 2016 on the nation’s roads, almost 5000 were involved in motorcycle crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Motorcycle deaths accounted for 13 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths and were more than double the number of motorcyclist deaths in 1997. For motorists, the failure of a driver to see a motorcyclist in traffic is often the primary cause for an accident, and when motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they’re more likely to be injured or killed.
For most teenagers, getting a driver’s license is a major right of passage. It’s exciting, exhilarating, and offers most a lot more freedom. But with this privilege, and this new freedom of movement, comes a huge new set of responsibilities. Sometimes, teen drivers abuse this privilege, resulting in disaster for themselves and sometimes even others.
Wrongful death claims are brought when an individual is believed to have died as a result of negligence on the part of others. The actions that brought about the negligence can be the responsibility of an entity or a person, but with so many guidelines determining exactly what constitutes a legitimate claim, how can you be sure that you have a case?
New Years resolutions … many of us make them, but not many of us manage to keep them. We have a couple we’d like to suggest that you add to your list for 2018. They’re not traditional New Year’s resolutions, but we think they would be worth your time and effort and might save you or a loved one, or even a total stranger, from harm and/or liability in the coming months and years.
Many commuters prefer to navigate California’s busy highways on motorcycles due to their maneuverability and fuel savings. Often motorcyclists will take advantage of the ability to “split lanes” and drive between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars, commonly a feature of rush hour traffic. To the surprise of many, lane splitting was formally made legal in California in January 2017.
Larry, Rob, Mara and Aslin, and the entire staff at The Mandell Law Firm, would like to wish a Joyous New Year to all of our readers, friends and clients. We hope you have a safe and prosperous 2018, and that you do not require our services in the coming year. But, we’re here for you if you do.
Being in an automobile accident is never fun. But being in an automobile accident with someone who is not insured can be a nightmare. Now, you’re in the position of trying to recover at least a portion of what is rightfully owed to you from someone who is not likely to pay, even if you win a judgement in court. What do you do?