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Pedestrians and Car Accidents

While pedestrians are not always blameless, the primary cause of most pedestrian accidents is the carelessness of the driver. The driver has an obligation to drive their car in a safe manner and it is important that they take pedestrian safety seriously. Drivers commonly fail when it comes to this because they: Operate their vehicle while being under the influence. Text while they are driving or have other distractions. Perform a turn without looking for pedestrians Running a traffic light or street sign. Not yielding to right-of-way pedestrians At One Law Group in Beverly Hills, our team of personal injury lawyers understands the complexities of these laws and we have years of experience in dealing with insurance companies to negotiate the most suitable compensation amount for our clients. If you have been injured because of the negligence of another person or a company, you may be entitled to recover damages for your injuries. Pedestrian accidents generally occur when a person is hit by a car, truck or motorcycle. Pedestrian accidents happen very frequently in big cities because of a large number of roaming around the streets. Pedestrian accidents usually happen in or near a crosswalk are really common, driver responsibility does not...

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When Full Coverage Isn’t Full Coverage

hen Full Coverage Isn't Full Coverage

So, you’re driving your brand-new car after a heavy rain storm has rolled through. You make a sharp turn and end up sliding across the road due to an oil slick and smash into a barrier. Now it’s time to call a tow truck and get a rental because your car might be in the shop for a while. Luckily you have full coverage insurance…right? According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the term “full coverage” does not actually mean full coverage. This term refers to the combination of collision and comprehensive. Collision insurance covers the damage to your and comprehensive car insurance pays for damage to your vehicle caused by covered events such as theft, vandalism or weather relate damage not related to an accident. Having a full coverage auto insurance policy doesn't necessarily mean that you have full protection for every situation. When you select a full coverage insurance plan, your policy will automatically be set to the lowest amount required, which varies from state to state. In certain circumstances, it could even mean you don't even have decent enough protection. It’s important to not rely on the generic “full coverage" policy and ask yourself what coverage best meet your needs....

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Cell Phone Uses Causes Thousands of Accidents a Year

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that each year in the United States, car accidents related to cell phone use account for more than 200 fatalities and 500,000 injuries. NHTSA also reports that cell phone use causes one out of every four car accidents. In addition to talking and texting, taking photos, watching videos, and looking at GPS are becoming more and more distracting. It can take less than a second for an accident to happen. Basically, a driver is so distracted by their phone that they fail to hit the brake or move out of the way of other cars. BAM! It’s obvious that driving with one hand significantly lowers the driver’s ability to drive, especially in conditions that need require full control steering wheel, like driving on the freeway or in traffic. According to the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, all 50 states in America enforce an obligation on every driver to other drivers who share the road, which is to look out for the safety and welfare of every other driver. By intentionally engaging in distractive conduct by using their cell phone, the driver violates his duty of care to other drivers. At One...

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Settling for Loss of Wages

Settling for Loss of Wages

Car accidents come out of nowhere and if you get injured that you get in one, it can keep you from going to work and earning the money you would normally receive if it wasn’t for the injury. There are many reasons a person might not be able to work and earn money (which are based largely on past earnings) after being injured, including physical therapy sessions, being hospitalized, and lack of mobility. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, lost wages can include: Lost wages for the period during which you do not work. Lost earning capacity if you sustain a long-term disability from the accident and cannot make as much money as you did before the accident. Lost opportunities, such as missing a job interview while you are recovering from the injury.   Generally, to recover your lost wages in a car accident case, you must make a request with your insurance, the other driver’s insurance company if they are at fault, or if the case is serious enough, file a lawsuit against the other driver. When you are submitting a claim, make sure you include detailed and accurate statements about your lost wages. When you calculate your lost wages, you'll need to...

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Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, contributing roughly to about 30% of all injury deaths. These injuries are caused from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts how the brain regularly functions. Though not all bumps to the head will result in a TBI, but it’s important to remember that even mild injuries can be dangerous. The CDC also reports that motor vehicle crashes were the third overall leading cause of TBI-related ED hospitalizations and death among all ages. Depending on the severity of your injury, and how the injury has negatively affected your life, you may be entitled to a large damage award. If you believe you have sustained a brain injury a recent car accident, contact an attorney like the ones at One Law Group in Beverly Hills. With severe brain injuries, you will more than likely must continue long-term therapy, both physically and psychologically, which may exceed your income. And if your injuries are damaging enough, you might not be able to go back to work or it may reduce your workplace productivity, effecting your potential...

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Consortium

Consortium

According to the estimates of the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization that works with federal auto-safety regulators, 40,200 people died in accidents involving motor vehicles in 2016, a 6 percent rise from the year before. Automobile related deaths are so common and when someone either endures severe injuries or dies in an accident, the people in their lives are all affected in various ways. This is where “loss of consortium” comes in. It is a personal injury claim that can lead to damages for loss of affection and normal marital relations, like parenting, care, and a sexual relationship. Loss of consortium can be hard to prove because of the non-economic damages, which are difficult to calculate in monetary values because unlike expected costs like hospital bills, non-economic damages typically account for one’s pain and suffering, which is a lot more abstract. The attorneys at One Law Group in Beverly Hills are want their clients to understand that if a loss of consortium claim is pursued, spouses will be required to divulge very personal (often embarrassing) facts about their marriage, including: How stable, loving their relationship is Current living arrangements Evidence of care and companionship the spouse affected received Life...

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When You Are Responsible for the Accident

At Fault Advice Car Accident

Car accidents can be scary and they’re even worse when the collision was your fault. At One Law Group in Beverly Hills, we want you to realize that even if you are at fault, you should always be careful about what you say when interacting with the other driver involved. It’s important to remember to not admit you were at fault for the crash. This isn’t suggesting that you lie or withhold information on purpose, just don’t jump right into the conversation of fault at the scene, with anyone. It could be a more complicated question that you realize and at One Law Group, we are here to help you figure out the answer. Remember, no matter how careful of a driver you are, you can be involved in a car accident at any time and it’s such a common thing to happen, don’t feel stupid! Here are some tips on what you should do to protect your rights and save yourself some hassle down the road: Depending on the laws in your state, call the police. Check for injuries on yourself and anyone else involved, just in case an ambulance is needed. Exchange information: phone numbers, emails, insurance information Get...

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Settling After a Drunk Driver Hits You

Settling After a Drunk Driver Hits You

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, with an average of 3,287 deaths a day and an additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled. So, it is highly likely that you will be involved in some form of car accident. While getting in a car accident, no matter the extent of the damage, you should always feel happy to be alive. Oftentimes, car accidents are situations that could have easily been avoided but are now just a part of modern life and unfortunately, many of these accidents involve drunk drivers. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility reports that though the number of drunk driving accidents has improved since 1982, there is still a rampant issue with drunk drivers in this country. And if the accident is severe enough, the heavy cost of hospitalization and ongoing therapy, all while being unable to work, can bring extreme stress to your life. At One Law Group in Beverly Hills, we can help you understand the insurance, the limits of insurance policies, the impact of no-fault insurance laws, and more.   Despite everything, you need to make sure you fully evaluate your injuries following...

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Taking Photos After Auto Accidents

Taking Photos After A Car Accident

A car accident is an extremely frazzling thing to experience. You’re in a state of shock and you can feel your hold body shaking. But, the important thing is that you’re alive and no one got hurt. Though you might be overwhelmed, it’s important that you get the documentation you need to file a claim. Documenting the damage is probably one of the most important things you can do at that moment, especially if later you must have proof of the damage. This is a lot easier to do nowadays because according to the Pew Research Center, around 77% of Americans own a smartphone, which will 100% of the time will have a camera. At One Law Group in Beverly Hills, we understand the importance of photos of the accident scene and property damage. They can put an end to any doubts or disagreements raised by the other driver or their insurance company. After a car accident, it is important that you take photos of the scene, your injuries, and any property damage. This evidence is imperative to a car accident case because it can support any future legal claims and provide proof of fault and damages. And whether you’re going to...

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Injuries to Watch for After a Car Accident

Injuries to Watch for After a Car Accident

Car accidents are probably one of the least enjoyable things a person can experience. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that in 2016, the United States had about 34,439 fatal motor vehicles crashes, with a total of 37,461 deaths that occurred. Wearing a seat belt can save your life, but there is no guarantee that you will be entirely scratch-free after an auto collision. The use of seat belts is universal and used to keep you in your seat, so you don’t get ejected during an accident. The rigid strength of a seat belt holding you inside the car could cause problems like bruising, scrapes, and fractures that will need to be treated right way. At One Law Group in Beverly Hills, our car accident injury specialists know that although seat belts are an amazing invention, it can leave you with bruises, scrapes, and fractures. These injuries are caused when you or your driver make a sudden stop and the speed of the car causes you to stomp on the brakes. Some common seat belt injuries: Some of the most notable injuries you can get from an accident included: Ribs – the restraining force of your seat belt make have enough...

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