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In 2019, more than 3,100 people lost their lives on U.S. roads because a driver was driving while distracted. A California Office of Traffic Safety survey revealed that, that same year, almost 58% of the drivers surveyed indicated that they “had been hit or nearly hit by a driver who was talking or texting on a cell phone.” If you or a loved one were injured due to the actions of a distracted driver, reach out to a San Mateo car accident attorney at your earliest convenience.

One of the latest examples of this ongoing problem comes from Santa Cruz County. Back in late January, a man from Sacramento took his eyes off the road to look at his cell phone, according to the California Highway Patrol. Distracted by his phone, the driver unintentionally steered his northbound BMW across the double-yellow line of Highway 17 and into the path of a southbound transit van.

Fortunately, in this case, both drivers were able to walk away from the head-on crash, according to the Mercury News. The CHP officer who worked the crash expressed his disappointment to the Mercury News about the continued prevalence of distracted-driving accidents. “Unfortunately we do have to keep saying it, don’t we?” The officer also noted that even just the brief period of time that it takes to read a notification can be long enough to lead to an accident, according to the report.

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Here in California, the law recognized several types of “duties,” which are legal obligations that people and entities have to others. One of those is the general duty every person and/or entity has to “exercise reasonable care for the safety of others.” If you are hurt because someone didn’t act reasonably to fulfill that obligation, then that failure may constitute negligence. If that negligence took place while you were on someone else’s property, then you may have a potentially winning claim for premises liability and the opportunity to collect a substantial amount in compensation. An experienced San Mateo injury attorney can help you make the most of your premises liability case.

A recent premises liability case from Southern California offers a strong reminder about just how broad this general duty is, and how firmly on the side of injured people the law is.

M.J. had elderly parents in their late 80s who lived in southern Los Angeles County, while she lived three hours away in northern Santa Barbara County. The father had multiple health problems and the mother was bedridden and had dementia.

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Statistics show that, in 2018, more than 850 people riding bicycles were killed in collisions with motor vehicles, a figure higher than any year in the previous 10 years. In 2015, there were more than 460,000 bicycle-related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Clearly, the danger bicyclists face on the road is a problem that is trending in the wrong direction. When you are hurt because a car, truck, or SUV hit your bicycle, you are almost certain to be the one who bears the brunt of the harm. As your injuries may likely be very substantial, getting everything you deserve in a lawsuit can be critical, so be sure to rely on an experienced San Mateo bicycle accident attorney to handle your case.

Over the previous decade, more than 30,000 accidents involving a bicycle and a motor vehicle have taken place just in the Bay Area. One very recent accident from outside the Bay Area has once again put bicycle safety in the spotlight.

Shawn Bradley, who played for 12 years in the National Basketball Association, suffered a catastrophic accident just one block from his home in southern Utah. As Bradley bicycled past a parked car, a driver hit him. That sent his bicycle into the parked vehicle, flipping him into the air and onto his back on the ground, according to a SI.com report.

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Any time you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, your family’s loss is monumental. Sometimes, though, the facts surrounding your loved one’s death may be unclear or incomplete. When they are, you have no less need for compensation, but you may have a significantly more complex pathway to getting that compensation. Whether your case is straightforward or anything but, make sure you have a strong San Mateo injury attorney representing you to put forward the strongest possible case.

Anyone who’s watched enough crime shows or sat through first-year law school classes has probably heard the tale of the man who, extremely depressed, jumped off a building. Before he hit the ground, however, he was shot and killed instantly. The scenario is intended to probe the question, “Was this death a suicide or homicide?”

You might reasonably wonder what this fictional story has to do with your injury case. Much like this fictional circumstance, your injury case may involve unusual facts that make determining who was responsible particularly complicated and potentially unclear. A Contra Costa County accident reported by the East Bay Times presents an example of how this can happen and how it can complicate an injury case.

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Catastrophic injury accidents are undeniably traumatizing. One day, you are an “ordinary” person living an “ordinary” life and then, in the blink of an eye, all of that is taken away. When that happens, you may have endured excruciating pain. Your injuries may prevent you from ever again doing the jobs you’d done all your life, and they may forever alter what you are able to do for your family. These kinds of accidents — and the massive harm they cause — may create a need for especially large amounts of compensation to address all of the damage done. If that kind of accident has impacted you, be sure you have the right San Mateo vehicle accident attorney on your side to help you get all the compensation you deserve.

S.R. was one of those catastrophically injured people. The 40-year-old husband and hotel housekeeping worker was driving his motorcycle in Studio City when a Dodge Ram pickup truck crashed into him at an intersection. Excruciating pain forced him to lay his bike down on the pavement, according to mynewsla.com.

Despite doctors’ best efforts, they were unable to save S.R.’s foot and lower leg. He underwent a below-the-knee amputation roughly a week after the crash, according to the report.

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Statistics show that people who hire an attorney to handle their accident case come away better for it. The Insurance Research Council found that of the people injured in auto accidents who subsequently sued and settled, the settlements achieved by people with attorneys were more than triple the size of the settlements obtained by people without attorneys. In short, while retaining legal representation may seem daunting at first, you’ll likely find that you can’t afford not to have a skilled San Mateo injury attorney on your side.

To get an idea of what a huge difference this can make, let’s look at a pair of California cases. One was a 2015 Santa Monica bus accident in which the Court of Appeal issued a ruling earlier this year. The other was a more recent bus accident in Fresno.

In some ways, the cases were exceptionally similar. As noted above, both occurred aboard buses. Both of those buses were city-owned. Both of the injured passengers were people who utilized the assistance of wheelchairs, and both were hurt when their bus drivers hit the brakes suddenly and that abrupt braking sent them tumbling from their wheelchairs onto the floor of their buses.

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We write frequently in this blog about identifying all of the people and/or entities who are potentially liable to you in a personal injury lawsuit. It’s hard to overstate just how important this can be, especially if you’ve suffered extensive harm. If you have suffered millions of dollars in damages, then you need to get more than just a few thousand dollars. However, a few thousand dollars may be all you get if you’re proceeding only against a driver with very few assets and a minimum-coverage auto insurance policy. That’s where a skilled San Mateo injury attorney helps, as wecan put our extensive experience and knowledge of the law to work potentially finding entities or people who have possible liability to you that you would not have identified.

Another way this can help is if the driver who hurt you (or killed your loved one) didn’t do anything wrong at all. If that’s true, then that driver isn’t liable and owes you nothing. However, that doesn’t mean there may not still be others out there against whom you can bring a successful legal action.

A tragic bicycle accident case from Southern California is a good example of how this works. An engineer from Redondo Beach was bicycling through Rancho Palos Verdes when his bicycle crashed into a big-rig truck from a major moving company. According to a bikinginla.com report, the moving truck made a right turn on a green light and the bicyclist “apparently rounded a blind curve” and was unable to stop before hitting the semi-truck. The bicyclist died at the scene.

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A senseless act in Sunnyvale left a man dead and a woman injured, according to a KPIX report. A driver and his passenger were shot in what police believed was an act of road rage. Road rage is a danger to everyone on the road as it often leads those consumed by it to do dangerous things, with crashes, injuries, and sometimes deaths occurring as a result. If you’ve been hurt in a road rage accident, then the law may entitle you to recover a substantial sum in compensation. To help you in the pursuit of your legal action, an experienced San Mateo car accident attorney can help guide you effectively along the way.

In the Sunnyvale accident, a 23-year-old man apparently experienced road rage due to the driving of a 20-year-old man nearby. The former raced in front of the latter and slammed on his brakes. The younger man crashed into the rear of the vehicle in front of him. The 23-year-old man approached the rear vehicle and fired several shots that killed the 20-year-old man and injured his female passenger, according to reports.

Road rage is a massive problem, including here in Northern California. According to SafeMotorist, road rage triggered a total of 218 murders and 12,610 injuries nationwide over a period of seven years. The Insurance Information Institute found that, from 2003 to 2007, more than one-half (56%) of all fatal accidents involved at least one driver driving aggressively.

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When you lose a loved one due to the negligent or reckless conduct of another, you are doubtlessly traumatized. You may be in shock. You may feel at a loss for what to do. Even in this overwhelming circumstance, after you’ve taken the time to take care of yourself and your family, take the time to contact a knowledgeable San Mateo wrongful death attorney. Your family has suffered an invaluable personal loss, but has also suffered an economic loss, as well. The right legal action can help with the financial damage this accident has caused.

A terrible auto accident near San Francisco State University likely traumatized the many people impacted by it, but undeniably altered the trajectories of at least two lives – the survivors of the one man who was killed in the crash.

Just before 8:00 am one early February morning, an eight-car pile-up occurred in the northbound lanes of Lake Merced Boulevard, according to a KTVU report. The crash caused five non-life-threatening injuries. The driver who caused the accident was an intoxicated person behind the wheel of a stolen car, according to police. A sixth person, a pedestrian who was out for a jog, was killed in the crash, leaving behind a wife and three-year-old child.

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Back on New Year’s Day, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s website published some useful information that knowledgeable San Mateo car accident attorneys, as well as those who’ve been in a crash, already know: that the injuries you suffer in an accident – even a low-speed one – will not always trigger immediately apparent symptoms.

Sometimes, it may take days or even weeks for the symptoms to appear. Our bodies are programmed, in the immediate aftermath of serious trauma, to dump large amounts of adrenaline into our systems. That adrenaline helps our bodies deal with the blow we’ve just been dealt. That physiological reaction may also cause certain people not to feel pain for an extended period of time.

The reality is that each person is unique, and each person’s body’s responses to a crash are also unique. Just because Person A experiences significant pain almost immediately after their crash while Person B takes days or weeks for their problems to lead to the perception of pain doesn’t automatically make Person B’s harm any less authentic or any less serious.

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