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We fight for those injured in motor vehicle accidents

A motor vehicle accident can have devastating results. While property damage is almost always a given, the toll taken on the individuals involved oftentimes far exceeds these losses. Victims in California can be subjected to extensive pain and suffering, and their physical limitations can make life extremely difficult. On top of that, a car accident victim may suffer emotionally and the financial ramifications can become overwhelming. Medical expenses can mount, rehabilitation costs can soar and lost wages can force a family to struggle to make ends meet. This may be especially true for those who suffer brain and spinal cord injuries.

As scary as this may sound to accident victims, the good news is that they may be able to find accountability by imposing liability on a negligent driver who caused their injurious accident. If successful on one of these claims, a victim may be able to recover compensation for his or her damages. This can allow an individual to turn the page, move past the accident and focus on the life that is ahead of him or her.

Hours of service seek to prevent motor vehicle accidents

Semi-trucks make up a significant portion of the traffic in California. When driven safely, these vehicles can serve an important economic purpose by moving goods from place-to-place in a timely manner. Sometimes, though, these trucks are driven negligently, which can result is a motor vehicle accident that leaves innocent and unsuspecting individuals seriously injured.

The federal government tries to prevent these truck accidents from occurring by implementing and policing several regulations. Amongst them are those that pertain to hours of service. These regulations seek to ensure that truckers are not over-worked and are well-rested while driving. Those who fail to adhere to these regulations can increase the risk of causing a car accident that has serious ramifications for all involved.

Spinal cord injuries: Type and location of damage matter

Some accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, including ones to the spinal cord. An estimated 450,000 people in this country have this type of injury and an estimated 11,000 more happen each year. These are expensive injuries that can require extensive medical care and personal care assistance.

Victims of spinal cord injuries can suffer from a variety of impacts due to their condition. The exact effects depend on the type and location of the injury. Higher level injuries usually have more serious and limiting impacts.

The types of defects that give rise to products liability

Consumers in California who buy products expect those products to be safe to use. There are even a number of regulations in place to help ensure the safety of these products. Yet, far too often unsuspecting individuals are harmed when they use consumer goods as they are intended. This is unacceptable and may serve as the basis of a products liability lawsuit.

There are three types of defects that can form the foundation of a products liability lawsuit. The first is a design defect. Here, the product was flawed from the start. Under these types of claims, a victim must show that the design of the product itself rendered it unsafe for consumer use. The second type of defect is a manufacturing defect. With this type of defect, the product is designed in a way to ensure safety, but something goes wrong in the making or assembling of that product, thereby making it unsafe even when used as intended. The third defect type involves marketing defects. This type of defect can include inadequate warning labels, poor instructions on how to use the product appropriately and safely, and other improper labeling.

How does alcohol affect a Californian's driving ability?

Although most people in California know that drunk driving is extremely dangerous, there are still a fair number of individuals who choose to drink and drive. These motorists put others in grave danger. A drunk driving accident can leave a victim with serious injuries that can have long-lasting and sometimes lifelong effects. These victims may suffer a permanent disability, crippling financial loss and emotional harm that is overwhelming.So how, exactly, does alcohol use affect one's driving abilities? There are a number of ways. To start, alcohol can reduce an individual's reaction time. This means they may wind up braking too slowly to adequately stop for halted or slowed traffic, and they can fail to avoid traffic hazards. A delayed reaction time may also keep a drunk driver from appropriately yielding to pedestrians. But slow reaction time is not the only way that alcohol affects an individual's ability to drive safely. Additionally, alcohol can impair an individual's judgment, affect their ability to multitask and inhibit their ability to maintain proper speed and lane control. These diminished capacities can result in head-on collisions, high-speed rear-end wrecks and T-bone crashes that result from running red lights or stop signs.The sad reality is that more than 10,000 people nationwide are killed in alcohol-related accidents every year. Despite the enforcement of drunk driving laws and public awareness campaigns highlighting the dangers of drunk driving, these alcohol-related wrecks are going to continue to occur for the foreseeable future. Therefore, victims of drunk driving accidents need to take matters into their own hands if they want to try to recoup their losses, find accountability and obtain closure. This often means pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. With the right help, it is possible to gather the evidence and develop the legal arguments needed to put forth a strong claim.

Personal injury and the cost of a spinal cord injury

Injuries can fall anywhere on a spectrum of severity. Some of them are so minor that they don't even disrupt an individual's day-to-day life. Others, though, are so severe that they leave an individual permanently disabled. This latter group of people can find it challenging to make ends meet at a time when they struggle to recoup as much of their life as is possible under the circumstances. This can leave them completely overwhelmed.

One type of injury that can have this effect is one that affects the spinal cord. While spinal cord injuries can have an enormous impact on one's physical capabilities, including potentially leaving one paralyzed, the costs associated with caring for such an injury can be financially debilitating. For example, those in California and elsewhere who suffer from incomplete motor function can face around $347,000 in medical and rehabilitative care costs in the first year alone. Those with high-tetraplegia may be hit with more than $1 million in similar costs in the year following their injury.

Facing employment law issues? Consider legal help

Recently on the blog we discussed breach of contract and the remedies that can be sought in the event that a contract is breached. Contractual issues are important and make up a significant portion of business law issues in California, but they do not incorporate all legal conflicts that can arise in the employment law context. Instead, there may be issues with regards to wage and hour laws and even matters related to harassment and discrimination.

Regardless of which side of these disputes you find yourself on, you could have a lot on the line. Of course, your primary concern may be compensation, as is usually the case in a breach of contract. But other matters may be important to you as well. The stark truth is that if you want to protect your interests, then you'll need to be armed with aggressive legal arguments that support your position. After all, your opponent likely will.

Distraction and exhaustion are common issues in truck crashes

Any car crash can have catastrophic results for the people in the vehicles involved. Certain kinds of accidents, however, carry larger risks for severe injury and even death. Collisions between vehicles with large disparities in size are a perfect example.

The people using the smaller vehicle are likely to suffer worse injuries as a result of a collision. When a motorcycle driver collides with a passenger vehicle, the end result can be tragic for the person on the motorcycle. When the collision is between a passenger vehicle and a commercial truck, the people in the smaller vehicle almost always bear the brunt of the consequences.

There are remedies under employment law for breach of contract

Contracts form the backbone of the business world. Without them, businesses in California couldn't rely on their supplies, which would make meeting demand difficult, if not impossible. There would also be a wide swing in prices since manufacturing costs wouldn't be controlled, and businesses and individuals could go back on their word at the last minute without ramifications. In essence, without enforceable contracts, the business world would be chaotic.

So, when businesses or individuals come to an agreement and memorialize a bartered-for exchange of goods or services, everything should go as planned, right? Ideally, yes. But, as most of you know, far too often the terms of a contract are broken. This is known as a breach of contract. Fortunately, when a party fails to fulfill any of the terms under a contract and breach has occurred, it may be possible to take legal action to remedy the situation.

Negligence can increase semi-truck stopping distances

It's common for an individual in California to feel anxiety when boxed in by semi-trucks on the highway or interstate. After all, these vehicles dwarf most other vehicles, meaning that a truck accident can cause significant damage and leave motorists with serious injuries. In the worst cases, a motor vehicle accident involving a semi-truck accident will be fatal. This is why federal regulators work to ensure that truckers are properly trained and rested prior to driving, and that truck companies work hard to ensure their fleets are well-maintained. Neglecting any aspect of truck driving or truck maintenance can significantly increase the risk of an accident.

One reason behind some truck accidents is that semi-trucks require a longer distance to safely come to a stop. An average passenger car can be up to 18 feet long and weight as much as 4,000 pounds, but a semi-truck can be up to 65 feet long and weigh 80,000 pounds. So, a car traveling at 40 miles per hour will require about 125 feet to safely come to a stop. A semi-truck, on the other hand, requires about 170 feet when traveling at the same rate of speed. When speeds are increased, so, too, are the stopping distances needed. At 65 miles per hour, a car requires 316 feet to safely stop, whereas a semi-truck needs 525 feet. That difference is nearly the length of a football field.

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