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Multi Vehicle Car Crash in South Orange County Leaves Two Injured

A multi vehicle car crash in South Orange County on Pacific Coast Highway this past week left two parties injured. Police officers believe that the accident was caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  The accident occurred at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Selva Road. The injured parties were taken to a local area hospital for treatment of their injuries. The most important thing to do immediately after an accident is to seek prompt medical attention for your injuries. Not only is it important to get the proper treatment for your injuries, but it is equally important to begin to document your injuries so that if you make an insurance claim, you have proper documentation to receive compensation of your injuries. Most people are under the false assumption that insurance companies are friendly and on your side. This cannot be further from the truth. The insurance

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Fatal Accidents Can Lead to Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Fatal accidents can lead to wrongful death lawsuits when the victim was not responsible for causing the accident.  If the victim lost their life due to the negligence of another, such as a DUI driver, the family of victim is able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit.  Their beloved family member should not have lost their life.  Wrongful death cases require legal experience and expertise, especially when the accident involves a commercial truck, public entity vehicle such as bus or train, or an emergency vehicle. My name is Rivers Morrell, and after more than 40 years of experience as an injury attorney here in Orange County I can tell you that the families of wrongful death accidents are in a state of shock.  Their world is turned upside down without notice, and the last thing on their mind may be an attorney.  However, it is important to retain an experienced

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DUI Driver Who Caused Wrongful Death of a 6 Year Old Girl Hears Verdict Soon

A mother and her two young daughters were crossing the street in Santa Ana in 2012 when a woman who tested 3 times the legal limit ran a red light and hit the family.  The DUI driver was also traveling at twice the posted speed limit, and the accident unfortunately resulted in the wrongful death of a 6 year old girl. The criminal case for the DUI is coming to a conclusion in the next week or so.  Unfortunately, the family of the 6 year old fatal accident victim has another legal step which immediately follows the criminal case.  In California, if you negligently cause a fatal accident you can be held financially liable for the wrongful death of the victim, as well as injuries to the survivors.  While a lot of this will depend upon the insurance of the driver, these cases can be quite challenging for the family

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Anaheim Fire Official Pleads Guilty to DUI Crash with Injuries

An Anaheim Fire official has plead guilty to causing a DUI crash with injuries.  In October 2014, the fire official caused an accident while under the influence that caused injuries to 4 Murrieta cheerleaders.  The injuries ranged from moderate to severe including 2 fractured vertebrae in the neck.  The pickup truck driven by the official drove into the back of the Chrysler containing the 4 cheerleaders while it was waiting to turn left. The guilt plea in the criminal DUI case clears the way for a civil suit to proceed.  In DUI accident cases, it is usually beneficial to wait for the completion of the criminal DUI trial before proceeding with the civil case to recover financial damages for the injuries caused by the accident.  This may seem odd to some family members, however, the guilty pleas and evidence presented at the DUI trial become crucial evidence in the civil

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