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Financial Recovery for Injuries in a Mission Viejo Hit and Run

Financial Recovery for Injuries in a Mission Viejo Hit and Run

Hit and run accidents and injuries are unfortunately becoming more common in Mission Viejo and across Orange County and Southern California.  Are you concerned about managing the financial recovery for injuries in a Mission Viejo hit and run accident? Many victims of a hit and run are surprised to learn it is your own automobile insurance which covers damages, medical bills and other expenses resulting from a hit and run car or pedestrian accident.  This is the reason to carry the maximum amount possible of Uninsured Motorist/Under-Insured Motorist or UM/UIM coverage of your own auto insurance. Unfortunately, many of our clients contacted us after they were shocked by how they were treated by their own insurance company after calling to file a hit and run related claim.  You pay premiums for a reason.  The accident wasn’t even your fault and now you have to deal with rude treatment from your

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Establishing Fault in a Mission Viejo Motorcycle Accident

Establishing Fault in a Mission Viejo Motorcycle Accident

Establishing fault in a Mission Viejo motorcycle accident can be a challenging legal issue.  Riding a motorcycle in California can be a great time, but, unfortunately, motorcyclists need to be aware of the fact that any motorcycle accident which might occur will present significant challenges, from medical issues to legal issues. If a motorcyclist is injured in an accident that was caused by a negligent driver, the injured motorcyclist and their passenger (if any) should pursue financial compensation by contacting the Law Firm of Rivers Morrell and filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit.  Successful personal injury claims and lawsuits must prove that it was, in fact, the other driver who caused the accident. Establishing fault in a Mission Viejo motorcycle accident is often clouded by false assumption.  Historically, many juries begin with the perception that most motorcycle riders are a bit reckless and lane split when the situation does

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What Causes Head On Motor Vehicle Accidents in Mission Viejo

What Causes Head On Motor Vehicle Accidents in Mission Viejo

What causes head on motor vehicle accidents in Mission Viejo which result in injuries?  The California Highway Patrol provides detailed statistics into many aspects of California car, truck, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents at both a state and local level.  While there are many ways a person can be injured in a Mission Viejo car accident most serious injuries and loss of life occur often occur in head on accidents. What causes head on motor vehicle accidents in Mission Viejo and what can you do to reduce the odds you will be injured in a head on accident? Distracted driving and Using a Cell Phone – The use of a cell phone while driving and other distractions within the vehicle continue to be one of the most common factors in a head on motor vehicle collision.  You may think it is safe to look away for a few moments to see

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The Wrong Ideas about a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Wrong Ideas about a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

It’s easy to understand why many have the wrong ideas about a wrongful death lawsuit in Mission Viejo, Irvine or anywhere in Southern California.  The loss of a beloved family member can be one of the hardest challenges to face in life.  When your loved one loses their life in an car accident or due to the negligence of another person the feelings of grief, sadness and anger are magnified.  Here in California, the legal remedy for the family of someone who loses their life due to the negligence of another party is to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The family may be hesitant to contact our experienced wrongful death attorneys based upon the wrong ideas about a wrongful death lawsuit.  They may believe: “It was just an Accident” – There is nothing and no amount of money which will return your loved one to the family or fill the

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What Action to Take if You are Injured as a Passenger in a Mission Viejo Car Accident

14 Year Old Pedestrian was Injured by a Vehicle in Orange

Are you unsure about what action to take if you are injured as a passenger in a Mission Viejo car accident?  It’s bad enough to have to endure your injuries and recovery.  Injured passengers are put into a position where they need to seek compensation for injuries resulting from an accident they did nothing to cause. Who is responsible for the medical bills and financial damages associated with your injuries?  The party or parties who share any portion of responsibility for the accident itself.  Often this is the driver of another vehicle.  In some cases, it may be the driver of the vehicle you were riding in. My name is Rivers Morrell and after more than 40 years of experience in personal injury cases I know how you must feel.  I will file a personal injury claim with the insurance of the responsible parties to seek compensation for your past,

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Should You Settle a Personal Injury Case on your Own?

Settle a Personal Injury Case on your Own

Should you settle a personal injury case on your own? What is the difference in outcome between those who have an attorney and those who choose to represent themselves in personal injury claims? It is important to understand the insurance company and their adjusters and attorneys you will be dealing with as well as a little about their tactics. The first person who will attempt to contact you after you are injured in a Mission Viejo car accident or motor vehicle collision is the insurance adjuster for the responsible insurance company. This person will seem very friendly and will attempt to convince you they are only concerned with your best interests and will do everything possible to ensure you receive a fast settlement for the highest possible amount. The truth is unfortunately quite the opposite. Insurance adjusters have one job: Get you to settle your case as quickly as possible

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What is a Commercial Property Owners Duty to Prevent a Slip and Fall Injury

Commercial Property Owners Duty to Prevent a Slip and Fall Injury

What is a commercial property owners duty to prevent a slip and fall injury in a business, commercial or rental property?  Can you hold the owner of a business or commercial property financially accountable for your slip and fall injuries? Here in California, a commercial property owner is required by law to conduct reasonable, periodic inspections of their property to ensure the safety of all visitors.  In order to pursue a successful personal injury claim for a premises liability case (such as a slip and fall or injury when visiting a business or store) we must be able to establish: a. there was an issue on the premises which created the risk of harm or injury b. the commercial property owner knew about the issue, or should have been aware of it through the “exercise of reasonable care: c. the property owner failed to take action to protect others from

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Why are there So Many Rear End Truck Accidents in Orange County

Fullerton Truck Accident

Why are there so many rear end truck accidents in Orange County each year?  Recent information released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides some insight into the increase in rear end truck accidents and truck collisions. The study reports it is twice as likely for a truck to rear end another motor vehicle than it is for a car to run into the back of a truck.  Some of the reasoning behind these accidents is quite obvious as trucks weigh more than 40 times as much as a car and are much harder to bring to a stop.  This is especially true in Mission Viejo and Irvine and other Orange County communities where traffic on the I-5 or I-405 and other busy streets and highways can quickly go from speed to full stop. This research also points to poor maintenance and other fleet safety related issues in the

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Fatal Motorcycle Accident with a Lyft Driver in Costa Mesa

fatal motorcycle accident with Lyft Driver in Costa Mesa

A recent fatal motorcycle accident with Lyft Driver in Costa Mesa has all of the symptoms of a wrongful death case.  The accident occurred at Fairview Road and El Camino Drive in Costa Mesa at approximately 8:45 pm.  The Lyft driver had just dropped off their passenger in a subdivision and was making a left hand turn when it apparently came into contact with the motorcyclist.  The driver of the motorcycle was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene by responding emergency personnel. Police are still investigating the fatal motorcycle accident with Lyft Driver in Costa Mesa and it is too soon to assess blame or negligence. My name is Rivers Morrell and after more than 40 years of experience as a personal injury attorney in Costa Mesa, Irvine and Orange County I have handled many motorcycle accident and injury cases.  It is far too common for a car or other motor

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Parking Lot Accidents Can Result in Serious Injuries

parking lot accidents can result in serious injuries

It may surprise you to learn that parking lot accidents can result in serious injuries.  It may also surprise you to learn that almost 20% of car accidents in California occur in a parking lot and the Insurance Research Institute recently reported that 14% of all motor vehicle accident claims are the result of parking lot accidents. Parking lots represent a high risk for accidents due to many reasons.  The constant flow of pedestrian traffic in the presence of moving vehicles creates substantial risks for the pedestrian as well as the driver of a vehicle.  Some of the leading causes of parking lot accidents include the failure to observe parking lot signs and controls, speeding and reckless operation, accidental acceleration, and the inability to see clearly as you turn down a row of parking places. Parking lot accidents often result in serious injuries to pedestrians.  The human body is no

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