Sharing The Road With Motorcycles

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Sharing the Road with Motorcycles



ByFrish Law Group, APLC
Motorcycle accidents can potentially lead to severe, even catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are the fault of the automobile driver and are often preventable. Drivers of cars, vans, trucks and other vehicles have a responsibility to drive cautiously, so that motorcycle riders have a better chance of staying safe on the road.

Ways You Can Help Motorcyclists Stay Safe

There are substantially more trucks and cars than motorcycles on the road, which is often why many drivers tend to forget to look out for them.

Here are some ways you can prevent motorcycle accidents:

  • Due to their size, motorcycles often easily hide in the blind spots of cars. To ensure you do not miss them, it is important to always take a moment to check for motorcycles when turning at an intersection or changing lanes.
  • Motorcycles also tend to appear farther away. To prevent a collision, assume that they are closer than they look.
  • A bumper-to-bumper accident with a motorcycle is far more dangerous than one between two automobiles, so it is important to leave plenty of distance to ensure you are always able to stop on time.

Motorcyclists have the same rights as other motorists on the road, so keep this in mind as you share the road with them.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcyclists can sustain a vast range of injuries when involved in an accident.

Below is a list of some of the most common ones:

Road Hazards and Motorcycle Accidents

Although negligent drivers are often at fault for motorcycle accidents. Road conditions also play a part, at times. Some road hazards and conditions are simply acts of nature. Others are the fault of local governments.

Here are some common hazardous road conditions that may cause a motorcycle accident:

  • Construction debris
  • Fallen rocks, signs, or trees
  • Potholes
  • High winds, ice, and fog
  • Loose gravel
  • Standing water
  • Poor road design
  • Steep drop-offs

Schedule a Consultation with an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today!

If you sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact the skilled personal injury team at Frish Law Group, APLC for the personalized attention and aggressive representation you need to obtain the best outcome.

Call our law office today at (818) 477-1905 to schedule a confidential consultation with a member of our team to get started on your case and learn more about your legal options and rights.

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Catastrophic Injuries And How They Occur

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Catastrophic Injuries and How They Occur



Catastrophic injuries are often life-threatening and, in most cases, survivors are unable to achieve a full recovery, affecting their ability to live life as they once knew it. These types of injuries include traumatic brain injuries, disfiguring burns, spinal cord damage, and amputation injuries. Continue reading to find out more about how these injuries occur.

The Most Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

Recognizing and understanding the causes of catastrophic injuries can help survivors seek the compensation they need to move forward.

Here are some of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries:

  • Motor vehicle accidents, including those that involve trucks and motorcycles. Truck accidents are particularly life-threatening due to their weight and size. It is not uncommon for survivors to walk away from these terrible incidents with permanent, life-altering damage. These accidents are frequently the result of negligence, such as distracted driving, speeding, and drunk driving.
  • Pedestrians are very vulnerable, so when they collide with a motor vehicle, the results can be catastrophic. These accidents often happen at intersections when drivers fail to pay attention to their surroundings, checking only for oncoming vehicles, but not for pedestrians.
  • Slip and fall accidents may not sound serious, but these accidents are among some of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries. Construction sites are some of the most common locations where these incidents occur.
  • In the absence of proper safety precautions, fires and explosions can occur, resulting in terrible burn injuries that lead to permanent disfigurement.

Catastrophic injury cases tend to involve more substantial damages due to the nature of the injury and the unlikelihood the survivor will ever achieve a complete recovery. That is why it is essential to hire an attorney with extensive experience in handling such cases, giving you the best chance of maximizing compensation for your suffering.

Speak to an Experienced Catastrophic Injury Attorney About Your Case Today!

At Frish Law Group, APLC, our knowledgeable catastrophic injury team is backed by decades of experience and proven results. Our attorneys understand the difficulties you may be facing, which is why we are committed to providing personalized attention and tailored strategies to assure the best outcome for your case. Let us fight on your behalf to hold the responsible parties liable.

Reach out to our law office today at (818) 477-1905 to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys to get started on your case.

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Party Rights When Involved In A Car Accident

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Party Rights When Involved in a Car Accident



Anyone who is injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence or carelessness in California has the right to recover financial compensation for all injuries and property damage. This compensation comes from either a settlement of a car accident claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company or a personal injury lawsuit.

What if a Car Accident Victim is a Pregnant Woman?

Unfortunately, if the victims are a pregnant woman and her unborn child, car accidents can result in catastrophic injuries for those parties. In some cases, both the mother and unborn child can suffer life-threatening injuries. The following are the most common pregnancy complications after a car accident:

  • Miscarriage
  • Severe internal and external bleeding
  • Early labor
  • Birth defects
  • Maternal shock
  • Placental disruption
  • Contrecoup injuries
  • Uterine rupture

In most cases, a pregnant woman should be entitled to the same types of monetary damages in car accident claims. There are two main types of damages: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages consist of out-of-pocket financial losses, while non-economic damages include intangible losses. A pregnant woman can recover compensation for the following losses:

  • Hospital bills and other medical-related expenses
  • Loss of wages
  • Decreased earning potential
  • Permanent impairments or disabilities
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of quality of life

In 2014, Reuters Health reported that pregnant women were 42 percent more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle collision that resulted in an emergency room visit. According to the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, between 1,500 and 5,000 fetal losses occur every year in the United States due to car accidents.

Can You File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit from the Loss of an Unborn Child?

Wrongful death is a death caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness. When a fetus is killed in a car accident, there are 34 states that have implemented or made substantial moves to make the wrongful death of an unborn child a legal cause of action.

However, California is not one of these states. According to a California Supreme Court ruling in Justus v. Atchison, “[a] fetus is not a person within the meaning of our wrongful death statute until there has been a live birth.” Therefore, you may not be able to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a child in most cases.

There are some extenuating circumstances and gray areas that could make a fetus’ death eligible for a wrongful death claim in California. For instance, if the trauma of the crash results in the mother going into early labor and the fetus passes away either right after the accident or later in the hospital, the mother may file a wrongful death claim, so long as the child was born alive.

Our Firm is Committed to Helping Injured Parties

Whether you are a pregnant woman who suffered injuries in a devastating car accident or lost your unborn child, our experienced personal injury attorneys at Frish Law Group, APLC are ready to maximize your compensation and help you make the best possible recovery from your injury. Since 2008, we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our injured clients in a wide range of personal injury claims.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Woodland Hills or within the surrounding area, call Frish Law Group, APLC at (818) 477-1905 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free consultation.

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Dooring Accidents Who Is At Fault

 

Dooring Accidents – Who is at Fault?



Dooring Accidents – Who is at Fault?

When a bicyclist gets hit by an opening car door, this is known as “dooring.” Dooring can result in serious injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and severe knee injuries. The door zone is so dangerous for bicyclists that it is far more likely for one to get doored by a parked car than to get hit by a moving vehicle. Continue reading to learn more about dooring.

What You Should Know About Dooring

Bicyclists can take certain precautions to avoid dooring accidents. When riding next to parked cars, it is crucial to look ahead and scan the occupants in the vehicles. It is also important to ride far enough from these parked cars that an opening door will not result in an accident. Unfortunately, many bike lanes are in door zones, which creates a false sense of safety for bicyclists who believe they are safe in their lane.

In California, the individual who is usually responsible for a dooring accident is almost always the occupant of the vehicle, according to Vehicle Code Section 22517. However, that does not stop insurance adjusters from attempting to place some or all of the blame on the bicyclist. Adjusters often contend that bicyclists should be able to avoid opening car doors and that such accidents are the result of their inattentiveness.

There are some questions you can answer, which may refute the possibility of comparative negligence in a dooring accident case:

  • Where did the car strike your body?
  • About how fast were you riding when you hit the car door?
  • Was the door open as you began approaching it, or did it open later?
  • How often do you ride?
  • Were you wearing any safety gear, such as a helmet or a reflective vest?
  • Were you able to notice an occupant in the vehicle?
  • Did the motorist admit fault after the accident?

Discuss the Details of Your Dooring Accident with One of Our Experienced Attorneys Today!

If you were injured in a dooring accident, the knowledgeable legal team at Frish Law Group, APLC will fight on your behalf to obtain the fair and just compensation you deserve. Our team has been assisting the wrongfully injured since 2008 and is backed by a history of proven results. You can rely on us to obtain the best possible outcome for your dooring accident case.

Reach out to our law office today at (818) 477-1905 to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys to get started.

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Dooring Accidents Who Is At Fault

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Dooring Accidents – Who is at Fault?



Dooring Accidents – Who is at Fault?

When a bicyclist gets hit by an opening car door, this is known as “dooring.” Dooring can result in serious injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and severe knee injuries. The door zone is so dangerous for bicyclists that it is far more likely for one to get doored by a parked car than to get hit by a moving vehicle. Continue reading to learn more about dooring.

What You Should Know About Dooring

Bicyclists can take certain precautions to avoid dooring accidents. When riding next to parked cars, it is crucial to look ahead and scan the occupants in the vehicles. It is also important to ride far enough from these parked cars that an opening door will not result in an accident. Unfortunately, many bike lanes are in door zones, which creates a false sense of safety for bicyclists who believe they are safe in their lane.

In California, the individual who is usually responsible for a dooring accident is almost always the occupant of the vehicle, according to Vehicle Code Section 22517. However, that does not stop insurance adjusters from attempting to place some or all of the blame on the bicyclist. Adjusters often contend that bicyclists should be able to avoid opening car doors and that such accidents are the result of their inattentiveness.

There are some questions you can answer, which may refute the possibility of comparative negligence in a dooring accident case:

  • Where did the car strike your body?
  • About how fast were you riding when you hit the car door?
  • Was the door open as you began approaching it, or did it open later?
  • How often do you ride?
  • Were you wearing any safety gear, such as a helmet or a reflective vest?
  • Were you able to notice an occupant in the vehicle?
  • Did the motorist admit fault after the accident?

Discuss the Details of Your Dooring Accident with One of Our Experienced Attorneys Today!

If you were injured in a dooring accident, the knowledgeable legal team at Frish Law Group, APLC will fight on your behalf to obtain the fair and just compensation you deserve. Our team has been assisting the wrongfully injured since 2008 and is backed by a history of proven results. You can rely on us to obtain the best possible outcome for your dooring accident case.

Reach out to our law office today at (818) 477-1905 to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys to get started.


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  • Tailored Strategies

    Just like no two people are the same, neither are their cases. We always find the best way to solve your case to fit your needs.

  • Experience

    Our team of dedicated attorneys brings decades worth of experience and in-depth knowledge of your case type.

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    Our attorneys pride themselves on being responsive and transparent during your whole case. When you have questions, you get answers within 24 hours or less.

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