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What are the aspects of a wrongful death lawsuit?

No one should experience the unexpected loss of a loved one due to wrongful death. These deaths occur daily throughout California and across the country. Wrongful death refers to the negligence of another that leads to the death of someone. The surviving relatives of a wrongful death victim can file a lawsuit for damages. So, what are the aspects of a wrongful death lawsuit?

First, let's discuss who is allowed to sue for wrongful death. The surviving spouse of a wrongful death victim is the most common plaintiff in such a case. Other plaintiffs can include the children of the victim and the parents of a deceased fetus, baby or child. In some instances the parents of an adult child can sue for wrongful death, as can the siblings of the victim. It all depends on the circumstances.

Common motorcycle accident questions answered

Do you own a motorcycle? Do you love venturing out on the open road? If so, it's best you know the answers to some of the most common motorcycle accident questions out there. These answers might come in handy one day if you are ever involved in a motorcycle accident in California.

Be sure to do your research prior to buying a motorcycle for the first time and before going out on the road.

Report: Police SUV did not use siren before deadly crash

In November of 2017, police got a call about an alleged shooting. An officer in a Los Angeles County sheriff's SUV responded to that call.

As it drove toward the scene, the sport utility vehicle neared a busy intersection. It could not get through successfully, instead slamming into a car at the crossing. That impact sent it up onto the sidewalk, where it plowed into pedestrians. Two young boys were fatally injured in the wreck.

Understanding who can file a wrongful death lawsuit

Losing a loved one in a fatal car accident can be overwhelming. You might not know what to do next. This could very well be the first time you've ever lost someone in your life. Handling all the details following the fatal motor vehicle accident can be difficult to do. Add in the fact that you might want to file a wrongful death lawsuit. We will explain who can file such a lawsuit this post.

For starters, any person who is in the immediate family of the deceased is legally allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This doesn't change based on how the death occurred. These people include the victim's parents, children, spouse, siblings, parents of unmarried children, adopted children, grandparents and sometimes cousins.

4 injured in motorcycle crash in Two Rock

An accident involving a motorcycle and a truck sent four people to the hospital earlier in December in Two Rock, not far from Petaluma, according to police. The accident occurred on Saturday, Dec. 16, in the evening hours. Police said that it was caused by the driver of a pickup truck, which turned in front of a motorcycle, injuring multiple people.

The person riding the motorcycle suffered what police said were major injuries. The accident occurred at 6:48 p.m. The victim was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. A hospital spokesperson said that the victim was a 46-year-old male and his condition was not updated after the crash.

What is a pedestrian's duty of care?

Auto-pedestrian accidents are some of the most tragic accidents you will witness in Los Angeles. With such a heavy volume of automobile and foot traffic, pedestrian accidents happen all too often. There are various reasons that these accidents occur and more often than not the driver is at fault in such an accident. But, pedestrians also have a duty of care to follow.

It is up to pedestrians to exercise a decent amount of care when it comes to their own safety. If the pedestrian is reckless when walking or running near vehicles, it will be difficult to move a claim forward if involved in an accident. The required amount of care should be equal to the danger, so that pedestrians can reasonably anticipate consequences.

Tips for getting behind the wheel after an accident

Being involved in a car accident is traumatic no matter how severe it was. Victims of car accidents can suffer more than just physical injuries. Emotional trauma is also common when a car accident happens. You might find that it is difficult to get back behind the wheel of your car following an accident. Here are some tips for getting back to driving after being involved in a crash.

Following an accident you should seek medical treatment, even if you believe that the injuries you suffered were only minor. Once you've completed medical treatment you should visit with a therapist if you are struggling to drive again. Talking about the accident is an excellent way to deal with your emotions and prepare yourself for driving.

Motorcycle riding tips for the fall season

The fall season is in full swing in California, which means that schools are in session. Tourists are still flooding the state from all over the country. The roads are congested almost around the clock. All of these are dangers for motorcyclists on the roads of Los Angeles. With the cooler temperatures, you're likely to find more motorcycles on the roads now more than any other time of year.

The biggest threat to motorcycles in the fall season is the deer population. Deer run rampant during the fall because it is their mating season. You need to be extra careful riding at dawn and dusk as these are their two most active times during the day. Be sure to scan the sides of the road as much as possible for deer and other animals when riding.

Vehicle strikes four pedestrians in Los Alamitos accident

A vehicle struck and injured four pedestrians prior to crashing close to a bank in a Los Alamitos accident earlier in the month. The accident occurred not long after 2 pm and authorities believe that alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash. The driver of the vehicle, a 37-year-old woman, was also injured.

In a news release from the police, the vehicle involved in the accident began to travel northbound in the southbound lanes of Bloomfield Street. After passing through an intersection going in the wrong direction, the vehicle struck the four pedestrians. All four pedestrians were struck while standing at the same corner. They all suffered serious injuries but are expected to survive.

What are the costs of fatal car accidents?

Car accidents are stressful and overwhelming enough. They become even more unbearable when fatalities occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30,000 people die in car accidents annually across the country.

In just one year, the total cost of fatal car accidents in the state of California reached $4.48 billion. Of that total, $38 million came from medical costs associated with the accidents and $4.44 billion came from work loss costs. More than 3,400 people lost their lives in California in 2013 due to fatal car accidents.

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