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Head On Collisions Often Lead to Serious Injuries

If you or someone you love is involved in a head on collision the odds of serious injury are greatly increased. There are many reasons cars and trucks cross the center divider or turn into your path. Distracted driving, such as reading emails and texts has become a leading cause of "drifting", or inadvertently crossing the yellow lines into oncoming traffic. Driver fatigue or mechanical failure can also result in vehicles unexpectedly crossing the center lines.

Fatal Skateboard Accidents Result in Wrongful Death Actions in Irvine and Orange County

If someone you love has been struck and fatally wounded by a car or truck while riding their skateboard, you have recourse - even in a hit and run. Your family is reeling from what has happened and you may not be sure what to do. I've helped the families of wrongful death victims in California for over 35 years, and I'd like to help you. These cases are legally very complex and require a seasoned professional with the expertise and a proven track record of success. Hit and run cases are usually supported by uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. I'll help you to understand the process and manage every step.You also want the type of attorney who is directly accessible, and who will handle all of the legal and insurance related issues so that you can focus on what is most important: grieving your loss and helping the family to heal. I invite you to call 949-305-1400 for a free consultation. I've handled hundreds of these types of cases and am prepared to bring the resources and expertise necessary to hold those who are responsible accountable.

T-Bone Accidents Cause Serious Injuries

Intersections often lead to T-bone accidents, and serious injuries can result to the occupants of both vehicles. These types of accidents carry a lot of energy, and the car that is struck in the side does not offer the same protections as a vehicle hit from the front or rear. The resulting serious injuries can lead to extensive recovery periods, and in many cases long term modifications to your car and residence may be required. This is known as "life care planning", ensuring that the resolution for the case involves not only restitution for past medical bills, lost wages and the pain you've endured. It should provide for future care and recovery as well, and help to compensate for lost wages and your ability to work. Serious injuries such as a broken pelvis, traumatic brain injury or fractured vertebrae require extensive legal experience and expertise to ensure the best result in your case.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents in Laguna Beach and Orange County

A recent outcry by the citizens of Laguna Beach and the family of a father killed while simply riding his bicycle highlight a growing issue in Laguna Beach and all of Southern California - the increasing number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents. The father in this case sadly succumbed to his injuries after the accident, a wrongful death that moved the family to speak out on the issue and ask the City to be more accountable and take immediate action to improve safety. There are two core legal issues that are closely associated, the responsibility of a public entity to correct knowingly dangerous conditions or intersections that lead to injury or death, as well as the wrongful death action associated with the tragedy of this father's loss. Initially, this was allegedly a hit-and-run accident as the driver of the Prius continued on (although he was reportedly followed and quickly identified by witnesses to the accident). Hit and run accidents require injured victims and their families to turn to the uninsured/under-insured motorist ( UM /UIM ) coverage of their own policy. This is the least expensive portion of the auto insurance you can purchase, and I highly recommend that you take the maximum amount allowable under your policy. This coverage extends to you as a pedestrian and bicyclist, and provides injured victims and their family with a source of needed potential recovery if the driver cannot be identified. The emotions associated with this case are still so new and profoundly raw, and I deeply admire the family's strength and public stand in the wake of such a loss. My thoughts are with them. I stand with this family in asking our municipal governments to heed their warning and act to improve safety for all concerned. It is not only their moral and civic duty, it is their legal responsibility for which we can and have held them accountable and responsible.

If The Insurance Company is Messing Around With Your Property Damage Settlement, Imagine How Your Injury Discussions Will Go

Do you feel that the insurance company has been unfair when dealing with the damage to your car in a recent accident that wasn't your fault? Did you sustain injuries that required medical treatment? Will further treatment be needed? The image that many people have of "attorneys" is at an all time low, and it is amazing how many people think they should handle negotiations with an insurance company after an accident on their own. If you have been injured in a car accident by someone else's negligence you need the representation of a seasoned and proven injury attorney. Insurance companies have one goal: settle your case for the lowest possible dollar. They often approach you immediately after an accident with a settlement offer that simply "feels" like it's far too little, many of my clients have used the term "insulting". Unfortunately, many injuries take weeks and in some cases months to fully present all aspects of the damage so that a patient and their doctor can develop the right plan for treatment and recovery. It seems brave to tell everyone (including yourself) that "I'm ok" after an accident, when you are injured. Some refuse treatment telling themselves "its not that bad". What seems like a few bumps and bruises today can develop into major issues with connective tissue and nerve damage in the next several months. If you settle too quickly, you will not have the money required to deal with your actual injuries - and the insurance companies know that. I represented them for 20 years, and know how they make decisions and why.

Bicycle Riders Must Share The Road, but Many Are Injured by Distracted Drivers

Irvine, Mission Viejo and Orange County California are home to some of the most beautiful weather in the world, and bicycle riders are able to take advantage of this and the well marked bicycle lanes to move in and around our cities. Even roads without designated bicycle lanes are appropriate for riders, as long as they obey the "rules of the road" and are following appropriate laws and observing traffic control devices. Unfortunately, most injuries to bicyclists have nothing to do with their own behavior, but are the result of distracted drivers who are either not paying attention or unaware of the cyclist's presence. Many injuries are caused by cars who inadvertently drift into the bicycle lane, or enter it to make a turn and run into a bike. Pulling out from side streets or parking lots without looking carefully and driving into the path of the bike rider is another common source of injury to those who ride bicycles. The other unfortunate element is the extent of injury - a cyclist is no match for the weight and metal of a car, and serious injuries and wrongful death can be the result. If you or a loved one have been injured while riding a bicycle we invite you to contact our law firm, or call 949-305-1400 to speak with an attorney personally. These types of cases require extensive experience and expertise to ensure the best possible outcome, and with more than 35 years experience Rivers J. Morrell III can share hundreds of cases where he has represented those who were injured by a car and how he was able to help them to recover for what had happened.

The Person Who Gave You the STD Is Not a Good Source of Legal Knowledge or Advice

Clients who have been given an STD by a prominent partner without warning have often been told "you have no case against me", or "I have the best lawyers money can buy" and "It will be your word against mine." I am an experienced STD attorney with more than 35 years of experience, and I can assure you that you can disregard all of the above outright. Don't get your information from a person who is trying to intimidate you or conceal what they have done. I have stood up to some of the most powerful legal teams in the world (many of whom work for large insurance companies) and prevailed for my clients. This is about what is right under the law, and I can help you to prove that the person gave you the STD and hold them accountable. The law is very clear in most states, and here in California it is crystal clear: it is not lawful to knowingly give another person and STD without warning them in advance of contact that you are a carrier. If you have been involved in a relationship with a celebrity, professional athlete, business owner, professor or other prominent individual and they have given you an STD without warning you I invite you to contact me at 949-305-1400 for a private, confidential and complimentary consultation. It doesn't cost you anything to hold them accountable, and we will work together to reach an agreement or defeat their legal team at trial to obtain a just outcome in your case. Your life has been changed forever. My clients appreciate the support we provide through the process, and the results we achieve that help them to deal with what has happened and move forward with their lives.

Summer Means Festivals Around the Country and Here in Orange County

"Ribs, Pigs and Watermelons" is a festival in Huntington Beach on Friday August 8. Enjoy a pro BBQ and ribs cookoff, while supporting the "Homeless to Hope to Home" shelter programs of one of Orange County's largest providers for the homeless: American Family Housing. The event is from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Huntington State Beach - Magnolia Entrance. If you like seafood, you'll want to mark your Calendar for Saturday night August 4 as two of Orange County's premier seafood events are scheduled. The sixth annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach, is becoming a strong yearly tradition, hosted at the Newport Beach Waterfront Resort and Marina from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm supporting the "Make a Wish" foundation as well as "Directions for Women". Also on Saturday August 9, the Orange County Seafood Festival will be held at the Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point from Noon to 7:00 pm. The combination of great seafood, Live music including a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, steel drums and reggae and free admission make this a fun event.

Texting and Distracted Driving Can Cause Serious Accidents Here in Orange County

The highways and local streets of Irvine, Mission Viejo and Orange County are heavily travelled, and the distractions of texting, emailing and cell phone use are consistently cited as causes for local accidents. A recent article by the California Office of Traffic Saftety noted that over 70% of Californians said they'd been run into, or nearly involved in an accident by those texting or using their cell phone. As an experienced accident and injury attorney, I am keenly aware of the growing issue this challenge presents. We are able to access phone records, texting and usage to help prove that the negligent driver was distracted, and to help our clients to achieve the best outcome possible. The same survey noted that texting while driving increases your risk of accident by 23 times. I encourage you to consider that when you are tempted by the ease of communications that smartphones provide. If you have been injured in an accident due to a distracted driver, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation at 949-305-1400. We all share the road with distracted drivers each and every day, and I encourage you to keep your eyes on those around you. Odds are, they may be distracted.

When Someone Is Accidently Killed Due to Negligence it is known as a "Wrongful Death"

After more than 35 years of practice, I am more humbled than ever working with families who have lost a loved one due to wrongful death. This is an emotional time, and the emptiness is overwhelming for many of my clients. This is why I became an attorney - to stand up for and help those who have experienced a loss, and to help to make things better for the surviving family. Nothing can replace a loved one. Wrongful death cases require a combination of experience and expertise to ensure the best possible result. In my work with the families, I take the responsibility of communicating with the insurance companies and legal parties involved and managing the entire process start to finish. I am personally available to answer questions and to provide guidance and support throughout the process. Working with my clients who are struggling with a wrongful death allows them to release those concerns into the hands of a proven and seasoned professional, so that they can focus on what is most important: grieving their loss, healing, and moving forward with life. California places a short timeframe limitation on the family known as a "statute of limitations". I invite you to contact me personally at 949-305-1400 to begin the conversation so that I can help protect your family's interests.

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