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If you have been injured in a car accident it is important that you get experienced counsel to help you through the process and possibly sue the people responsible for your injuries. 

In many incidences of car accidents people think they need only to exchange information and insurance information.  However, it is important that you file a police report and call the police and it is required if there are injuries involve in the crash. 

Sometimes you will believe that you did not sustain any injuries at the time of a crash.  However, you may not feel all the injuries and affects of a car accident right away.   That is another reason why you should consult an accident Attorney right away and file a police report.   If later on you decide to seek compensation from an accident the police report can be helpful in documenting your injuries and physial condition.  You case will become stronger with a copy of a filed police report many times the report will have witnesses and opinions of the police officer, that clearly state that which person he believes is at fault.  

 

WHY IS THE POLICE REPORT SO IMPORTANT?

The police report provides an impartial third person account of what happnened, and documentation of the accident.  And also provides the following information

The exact location of the accident

The time and date of the car accident

Damages to all vehicles and property involved

Any injuries to drivers, passengers, or others

Statements and contact information from any witnesses

Weather and other environmental conditions at the time of the accident

Having a police report with this type of information will assist with your personal injury claim

and can greatly improve your chances of successfully obtaining compensation.  Remember as a victim of anothers persons negligence you are entitled to recover under the law you want to improve your chances of recovery as much as possible.  

HOW TO FILE A  POLICE REPORT

After your car accident you should immediately call the police.   After theya arrive discuss the specific details of the accident with the police officer, and answer any of their questions.  The officer will interview the other driver and any witnesses to the crash.  He will determines the cause of the crash.  If it is a minor accident the police may not respond to the scene.  If that happens you will have to make a trip to the local police department to file a police report within a 24 hour period.  A police report is mandatory to recover damages from a hit and run or if the driver is uninsured. 

 

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call for a case evaluation. 559-441-1418. or 559 295-0391

Over 11,000 drivers are killed annually due to distracted drivers.  This can inlcude speaking through the speakers in your cars, speakers which are meant for music.  

People begin long involved communications when driving and it leaves people dead and injured on a daily basis all over California roads. 

Taking your eyes off the road for even a second can lead to a devestating accident.  Especially when you are driving at higher speeds like on freeway driving.

 

Using hands free devices does not make the exchange safe.  There is no safe way to make a call while driving.  Drivers don't drive well when not distracted and distracted driving only increases the problem.  

THE LAW REGARDING TALKING WHILE DRIVING

Since 2011 it is illegal to drive a vehicle while using a phone unles there is a bluetooth or other hands-free technology.  (Vehicle Code section 23123).  Furthermore, drivers under the age of 18 may not drive while speakin on the phone even if there is a hands free technology.  ( V.C. 23124)

California also has a law focusing on Tesxtin while driving.

Under Vehicle Code section 23123.5 it is illegal to text or read a text while driving.  There is an exception for hands free voice activated technology.

 

NEW STATUTE 

It remains illegal to to drive a vehilce while holding or operating a phone or any type of electronic wireless device unless it is specically designed and configured to to allow voice-operated and hands-free application.  and it is used in that manner while driving. there was a loophole in the law that allowed drivers to access the internet and apps while driving that has now been closed.  

to comply with the law buy a bracket for your phone in the car.  Even then you cannot put an address in the car while driving to help navigate you must pull over and then enter the address.  

Even though the law has loopholes to make room for current internet users it is still very dangerous and not a good idea to drive while distracted and doing anything and trying to multi task in any way may have disastrous consequences. 

In California assisting living cases have exploded as Americans are living longer lives.  Assisted living communities will only continue to grow.  The Centers for disease control and Prevention projects that the number of Americans over the age of 65  to more than double from 40.2 million in 2010 to 88.5 million in 2050.  And nearly two thirds of the people that reach the age of 65 will need long-term care services during their lifetime.  This suggests tha the number of assisted living facilities is likely to grow over the years.  

WHAT IS ASSISTED LIVING

Any assisted living case involves one of two lawsuits.

The assisted lving facility accepted someoene into its community whio requires a higher level of care than the facility could provide.  

The assisted lving facility accepted someone into its community who was appropriate at the time of her or her admission, however, at some later point in time, the person was no longer a good fit for assited living, yet the facility kept him or her in the community.  Some people wrongly believe that assisted living homes are skilled nursing facilities.  This is not correct.

A skilled nursing facility has more of a medical provider part than does an assisted living facility.  

TYPES OF CASES BROUGHT AGAINST ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES

There are several claims that can arise out of in the assisted living context.  A common injury that occurs is when the there are falls.  Falls are always a bigi concern and when you have someone that has fallen several times there could be negligence on the part of the assisted living faclility.  Any fall gives notice to the facility, and any such fall gives notice to the facility that the person is not appropriate for an assisted living facility.  In other words one and done.  

Unfortunately, Employee-on resident violence is another concern.  Many times the facilities are staffed with poorly trained, poorly paid, people.  The assisted living arrangements are money making operations meant to maximize money not provide the best environment.  

Therefore, there have been incidences around the country including one in Massachusetts, where a patient was horribly abused by an employee and it was videotaped.

 

These incidences are not uncommon. If your loved one has been injured give us a call and we can help 441-1418.

If you or a loved on has been injured in  bike accident you should call our office to get a case evaluation of your legal rights as soon as possible.  

We represent bicyclist from througout the valley fro injuries occuring while they are riding a bike.  Many bike accidents occur because car drivers do not give the bicyclist enough room.

All car drivers must share the road with bikes.  In 2014, California passed the "Three Feet for Safety" law Vehicle Code section 21760 which requires that a motorist passing a bike must provide a safety buffer of three feet between their vehicle and a bicycle wherever feasible.  In some situations, bicyclist are entitled to take the whole lane (where there is a hazard or obstruction that precludes them traveling on the righthand side of the road). For a violation taht does not result in injury, the law sets a base fine of $35 which becomes $233.00 for the court once court and administrative fees are added.  For a violation of that involves a collission that injures a bicyclist, the base fine is $220 whcih becomes $959 fine for the driver.  This penalty is equel to the lowest fine imposed for reckless driving with bodily injury.  

If you have been involved in an accident give us a call. 559 441-1418.

If you have been injured by the negligence of a driver and you have sustained injuries you should call our officer to see what your legal rights are and if you can recover for those damages. 

 

The number one cause of serious bike injuries is the speeding of motor vehicles.  Often those vehicles are not only speeding but talking on there phones, texting, and just being non-attentive.  Even small increases in speed can affect ones ability to properly drive a vehicle and can cause major distractions that can affect the ability of someone to see a bicyclist.  

Frequent causes of bike accidents include. 

drivers speeding or running red lights.

drivers making an illegal u-turn in traffic

drivers providing bicylist with inadequate room

drivers or passengers opening car doors without looking

careless or innatentive drivers (see above)

there could be other factors such as non-driver factors roadway hazards, poorly marked construction sites debris etc or gravel on the roadway.  

There could be city or or other public agencies at fault if these are the cases.  

If a city or  other public agency is at fault please do not delay in contacting an Attorney because there could be statute of limitations issues which could be just six months from the time of your crash. 

If you have any question give us a call 559 441-1418.

As a motorcycle rider you know that riding a motorcycle can be dangerous adventure.  Other drivers especially nowadays are distracted, not paying attention, these can lead to serious accidents or injuries to motorcycle drivers. 

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in California due to someoene elses negligence you can call us.  if you were injured in a motorcycle accident you could be facing expensive medical bills, and other expenses.

CAUSES OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

No matter how safe riders are on there motorcyles, there are several factors that could lead to accidents such as:

INNATENTIVE DRIVERS

The low profiles or motorcycles compared to cars and  trucks makes them more difficult to see and could lead to accidents.   Many motorcycle accidents are cause by drivers

ROAD HAZARDS

State and local governments are responsble for keeping raodways in good conditions and free from hazards, such as potholes which could be hazardous to drivers. 

POOR COMMUNICATION

Riders often travel together in groups but these groups must practice good communication to prevent riders from colliding and or moving into others lanes.

YOU SHOULD CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED

Insurance companies do not have your best interest at heart.  They are for profit organizations.  focused on protecting there interest not yours.  If you were injured in a motorcyle accident having a lawyer on your side can mean the difference between getting the money you deserve for you injuries and leaving money that you will need on the table.  Usually you will not have any upfront fees until we recover money for you.

If you have any questions dont hesitate to call us.  559-441-1418. 

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Gerald Schwab, Jr.

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