The roadways in California can get very congested and hectic. Navigating through traffic can be a risky task. However, dangers persist even when traffic dies out. Negligent drivers could be on the roads at any time and in any place. Thus, unsuspecting drivers could collide with a distracted, reckless or intoxicated driver, resulting in a serious accident.
A legal claim for the recovery of a victim's losses after a drunk driving accident can be an important part in ensuring that the victim has the money and support they require to return to their pre-accident life. Many personal injury claims, including those that arise from drunk driving collisions, are based on negligence. While this post will generally address how negligence applies to legal claims against drunk drivers, readers are reminded that the posts on this California legal blog do not offer any specific legal advice.
There are a number of serious injuries that victims may suffer when they are involved in motor vehicle collisions. Injuries can affect victims' bones through fractures, organs through bruising and damage and even soft tissue through strains, sprains and pulls. When a California resident is involved in a car collision, they should always seek medical help to ensure that their physical harm can be improved.
A serious personal injury can change the course of a California resident's life. It may prevent them from returning to work or from enjoying the life that they built with their loved ones. It may cause them and their dependents to experience significant financial hardship if they are forced to pay out of pocket for the losses they incurred due to another party's negligence.
Swimming is a popular activity in California, and many people enjoy doing so in their own backyard pools. However, it is not unknown for injuries to occur at swimming pools. For example, a person could slip and fall on a pool deck at a friend's house. Or, a child could be enticed to a backyard pool and could accidentally drown. In such incidents, who is responsible for accidents that take place in private pools?
The technology available in automobiles seems to be growing every day. We have vehicles with infotainment systems, back-up cameras, lane assist and more. These technologic features are often aimed at preventing car accidents. Now another automaker, Volvo is implementing another technological feature that it hopes will improve the safety of those on the road in Oakland and across the nation.
These days the technology we have at our fingertips is truly astounding. A cellphone can do so much more than make a phone call. One can use a cellphone to send a text message, email, as a navigation system, play music and more. However, all these acts can be extremely distracting for drivers and could lead to a serious car crash.
Sometimes determining fault in a car accident is relatively straight forward. For example, if a motorist in California is struck by a drunk driver or is rear-ended while waiting at a red light, it can generally be shown that the other driver is at fault. Drunk drivers are breaking their duty of care to drive reasonably under the circumstances and, likewise, a motorist who rear-ends another motorist may have been distracted, speeding or following too close, all breaches of their duty of care.
Technology in the automobile industry is increasing at a rapid rate, particularly with regards to self-driving vehicles. Several companies have already put autonomous vehicles on the roads, albeit with a human conductor in them. However, Waymo, Google's autonomous car company, is set to test totally driverless cars on California roadways.
It is well-known that motorcyclists who wear a helmet can experience significantly less serious injuries should they be struck by a car than motorcyclists who do not wear a helmet. In fact, in California all motorcycle riders must wear a helmet when operating their vehicles. However, if a motorcyclist is not wearing a helmet, and is hit by a car, does this preclude him or her from obtaining compensation in a subsequent lawsuit?