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Car Accident Compensation and Mistakes to Avoid

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Everyone’s experienced some form of injury at some point in their lives. Of course, not every injury is a good enough reason to call a lawyer - many injuries are attributed to age, genetics, or an accident that was unavoidable. But when another person is legally at fault for the incident that led to you getting an injury, you may have a valid case and grounds to sue. ...

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First Steps to Take After an Accident

first steps after an accident

In the moments after a car accident, it's understandably hard to think straight. But, it’s important to remember that the steps you take after a car accident can save lives, decrease injuries, help with fast settlement of your car insurance claim, and keep you out of trouble with the law. Many drivers don’t really know what they should do and end up making mistakes that can delay their right to get compensation from insurance companies and the other drivers involved after a car accident....

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Damages for Concussions can be Tricky!

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you have sustained an injury to your head because of an accident, you might want to consider, at some point, how much you would be prepared to accept when it comes to settling your claim with the at-fault party. Symptoms of a concussion are: Dizziness Fatigue Insomnia (or excessive sleeping) Irritability Sensitivity to light/noise Changes in behavior/emotions If the concussion was sustained by the carelessness or aggression of another and you start experiencing post-concussion syndrome, you could have grounds for filing a claim against the other party’s insurance company or they don’t have insurance, the at-fault party has the funds to pay. Though, when it comes to your claim, the voluntary settlement could be more cost-effective to you (and the defendant) because it can save both parties the time and cost of litigation. Since a concussion injury can be very critical and determining compensation for a head injury settlement can be difficult and is reliant on various factors. At One Law Group in Beverly Hills, our lawyers can help you understand the differences between special damages and general damages and how we can help you receive damages. Special damages are damages for which money is an equal substitute for what...

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Accident with an Uninsured Driver in Beverly Hills

Accident with Uninsured Driver

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Driving can be viewed as a rite of passage for teenagers. Along with the independence and freedom associated with getting behind the wheel comes great responsibility. When you don’t follow the rules of the road, your right to drive can be taken away by the state, who has to ensure the safety of the general public. A study released by the AAA Foundation of Public Safety states that one in every five fatal crashes in the United States involves an unlicensed driver. So, there is a high chance that you will get involved in an accident with someone who has been driving without a license. Though it is illegal, the same rules of negligence will apply, and an unlicensed driver will not be considered at fault just because they are unlicensed. For instance, if you hit someone from behind and it ends up being a vehicle driven by an unlicensed driver, you (or your insurer) will still be at fault and responsible to pay for the damage to their vehicle and any claim for injury compensation. This situation becomes more of an issue in accidents with unlicensed drivers who are at fault and the insurance company of the vehicle they...

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Attorneys in Beverly Hills Help with Car Accident Related Whiplash Injuries

Injuries to Watch for After a Car Accident

Neck pain is very common to experience after a car accident, and it doesn't show up right away. In worse cases, the pain can be severe enough to disrupt your life. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) calculated that in 2012, the cost of claims where neck pain was the most serious injury was about $10 billion, around 26 percent of the total payout for crash injuries. Whiplash is a result of the soft tissues (the muscles and ligaments) of your neck being extended beyond their range of motion. In a car accident, whiplash occurs your head moves back and forth suddenly with great force, usually following a rear-end car collision. As stated before, the symptoms of whiplash don’t usually appear for a while, so be sure that you pay attention to any physical changes for a few days following an accident. Symptoms will generally appear within 24 hours after the accident. Though, there are some instances where symptoms may develop after a few days. They tend to last for several weeks. Common whiplash symptoms include:         discomfort and stiffness in the neck         headaches near the base of the skull         vertigo         blurry vision         lethargy When you visit...

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Filing a Claim for a Bus Accident

When you step onto a bus (city, tour, school, etc), you are putting trust in the driver’s ability to keep you safe and that the owner of the bus has kept up the maintenance of the bus. Especially because most buses do not require seat belts, it is crazy that we often feel secure when riding buses. But buses drive around with other cars and are at risk of being involved in an accident. In the United States, there has been a steady increase in the number of bus involved accidents. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that in 2016, there are around 69,000 bus accidents, mainly public transportation. There are many causes of bus accidents, including a driver that is fatigued, distracted, or intoxicated, particularly a driver who was using some type of electronic device at the time of an accident. Have you been involved in an accident? At One Law Group in Beverly Hills, our personal injury attorneys do everything possible to maximize the amount of money you can receive to help you recover and live with your injuries. Call One Law Group at (844) 626-1LAW to set up an appointment for a consultation today. Accidents can range from low-impact...

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When your totaled car has been paid off

When you total your car, it can ruin your whole year, especially if you still owe money on it. Nowadays, it has been an increasingly common issue since there are more people who need to take out longer car loans in order to afford a vehicle. According to finder.com, around 44% of American adults depend on an auto loan to pay for a car. If your vehicle is totaled and you owe more money on it than what it is actually worth, your car insurance company will only pay for the actual cash value (ACV). The ACV is the fair market value of your vehicle before it was in an auto accident. The money from your insurance wouldn't even go directly to you. Since your car is financed, it will most likely go straight to the bank. Another scenario is that you would get a check made out to you, which you will need to sign and send to your finance company. The car accident attorneys at One Law Group in Beverly Hills are available to help you gather the information you need in order to file a claim against the at-fault driver. They can even approach the insurance company on...

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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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