Why are there so many accidents at Mission Viejo intersections? Why do intersection accidents often result in serious injuries? The US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration refers to intersections as “planned points of contact.” Planned points of contact are where vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists pass through an intersection. They are usually designed to provide good visibility and are often controlled by traffic devices such as a stop light or sign. Recent advances in technology and designed safety in today’s motor vehicles has helped to significantly reduce the likelihood of serious injury in a head-on or rear-end collision. Some vehicles provide advanced safety features such as side-curtains but most vehicles provide far less protection from a side impact. The forces associated with a side-impact accident at an intersection cause the human body to quickly snap back and forth, left and right in fractions of a second. This causes severe stress
Is it possible to file a civil lawsuit for sexual assault in California? The recent headlines regarding Grant Robicheaux and USC’s Dr. George Tyndall are a stark reminder of the pervasiveness of these issues here in California. The Law Firm of Rivers J. Morrell is a proven, experienced personal injury and civil lawsuit firm dedicated to aggressively pursuing just compensation for those who have been forced to endure the trauma of a sexual assault, abuse, rape or the transmission of an STD. Rivers Morrell has more than 40 years of experience in civil injury cases. He understands the incredibly powerful range of emotions you are experiencing and has the compassion and discretion to help to evaluate your situation in a private and confidential manner. We invite you to review the powerful reviews and recommendations of prior clients, many of whom felt hopeless and that no one would listen. There is
A recent article by Bloomberg saw fatal accidents increase 14.4% in the past two years. This in spite of the fact the average American has only increased annual mileage by 2.2% over that same period of time. It is interesting to note the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents attributed to DUI or speeding has not significantly moved. If this is the case, the question becomes: “What factors are contributing to the increased number of fatal accidents across the country?” The Insurance Institute of America notes more than 85% of American drivers have a smart phone, and accidents attributed to cell phone use and distracted driving have substantially increased. California mandates the use of hands-free technology to ensure safer conditions when drivers receive a call on the road. However, the disruption of mental focus during a phone call as well as the use of our cell phones to monitor social
There are many misconceptions about what happens after a car accident and how an injury victim in California recovers the expenses and other compensation which they deserve. Here are a few suggestions for how you should handle first contact with an insurance adjuster. Insurance adjusters are highly trained and skilled insurance experts. Their job is simple: settle your personal injury claim for the lowest possible amount. They are usually highly personable and their bosses want them to settle your injury claim as soon as possible. The first thing you should know is to be very careful about what you say to any insurance company representative. It is important not to discuss the extent of your injuries, provide access to your medical records or medical bills, or even say how you are feeling. Remember, insurance adjusters are attempting to get you to make statements which they will use against you later.
A fall in a nursing home can result in serious injuries and they should never happen in most cases. Many Californians are surprised to learn about the substantial number of falls resulting in injury in Orange County skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes. You would expect these places to be a safe and caring environment for elderly family members. Yet thousands of senior citizens are injured in falls in a convalescent center, nursing home or other long term care facility each year. Some of these falls result in the wrongful death of the patient. The US Centers for Disease Control reports that almost 2,000 families lose a parent or grandparent due to a wrongful death in these types of facilities nationwide each year. California law establishes high standards for the maintenance and upkeep of these facilities as well as the standard of care to be delivered. Our laws establish minimum