Think you can handle looking down at your phone or talking to someone else in the car without your driving function being affected? So do most people, but they are not always right. This can mean that you only learn the true impact of distracted driving problems after it’s too late and you’ve been hurt in a serious accident. You could be found liable just for not paying attention and someone could get hurt. Distracted driving is a major contributor towards serious accidents, according to research.

Distracted driving continued to be the most common factor across fatal crashes in one state for the sixth straight year. This surpassed driving while intoxicated or speeding in the state of New Jersey. Driving while intoxicated is a major factor in many fatal crashes but driving while distracted is an activity that is engaged in by more individuals on the road.

Many people don’t recognize the safety hazard or overestimate their ability to operate the car and pay attention to their phone at the same time. Fatal crashes have increased throughout many states regarding distracted driving and awareness campaigns and laws that intend to crackdown on behavior have not done much to curb the actual action of these behaviors across various age groups. Although teenagers are often pinpointed as the highest distracted driving risk, people have admitted to driving texting or engaging in a number of other distracting behaviors such as grooming or eating behind the wheel across multiple age groups. Many of these people don’t realize the significant risk of a distracted driving accident until it is too late and they are involved in a critical crash with injuries or fatalities for others.

This overwhelming experience may prompt the surviving victims or the loved ones of someone who is killed in such an accident to pursue a personal injury or a wrongful death lawsuit. It can be overwhelming and difficult for someone who finds themselves in this position to identify how to move on but retaining the right personal injury lawyer is often the first step in this overwhelming process.   

 

Anyone who has spent time driving on Los Angeles roads knows that it can be a dangerous place and a frustrating one to be. However, researchers from USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering’s Integrated Media System Center found data evaluated over the course of several years to figure out where the traffic is the worst. Higher levels of traffic make it more likely that anyone passing through during congested times might wind up in a critical accident.

The total count for accidents happening on the 405, according to the research study, were greater than 110, despite the fact that the 110 serves more vehicles than 405. Their study provides new insights about road accidents, congestion and public transportation between 2012 and 2016.

When traffic builds up, drivers are more likely to be distracted or to get aggressive. For those remaining calm and paying attention behind the wheel, this turns traffic into a deadly situation. If you’re inside your car and get hit by someone else during a period of heavy traffic, proceed with caution as you make a police report and an injury claim.

The researchers say that traffic is the one problem that affects every single person living in Los Angeles regardless of their location. They found that traffic has gotten increasingly bad over the years and that the most risky period to be on the road was Friday evening between 5pm and 7pm. The researchers also identified that road accidents in Los Angeles county are increasing at double the national rate and they identified hot spots where the accidents are most likely to happen. The most deadly freeway in the entire golden state is at the intersection of SR-60 and SR-57. The black hole of traffic and crashes in Los Angeles, according to the research study, were freeway interchanges, on-ramps and off-ramps.

Traffic was the least bad during the morning commute, on the northbound I-110 and over the evening commute on the I-10 to the I-405. if you have recently been involved in an accident during heavy traffic in Los Angeles, you may have grounds to pursue a comprehensive personal injury claim.

Most people are aware of the catastrophic consequences of a serious motorcycle accident but a new study has attempted to articulate exactly how much more likely someone has to suffer severe injuries or death in a motorcycle accident when compared with a vehicle accident. Any kind of crash could be severe, but when a motorcyclist is thrown off the bike, safety gear can only do so much to minimize the impact of the accident. That’s part of what makes a lawyer so important in the management of a legal claim, because the injuries are likely to be serious.
A motorcyclist has no protection against the elements and can easily be thrown from the bike and crash into other obstacles or oncoming traffic. Even when using appropriate safety gear such as a helmet, someone who is hurt in a motorcycle crash could sustain severe and life-threatening injuries.

University of Toronto researchers analyzed seven years of data about adults hospitalized due to a motorcycle or car crash in Ontario, identifying that motorcyclists were three times as likely to be injured and five times as likely to die as other motorists. The medical expenses tied to motorcycle accidents were six folds the counterparts for vehicle accidents.

Motorcyclists found themselves far outnumbered by drivers in local hospitals, however, they were much more likely than a typical motorist to be admitted to a clinic in the first place. Motorcycle accident victims in Canada tended to be 36 years of age on average which was younger than the typical crash victim. The vast majority of motorcycle accident victims were male, coming in at 81% of all those studied.

If you or someone you know has already been injured in a serious motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, you need to consult with an injury attorney who will do everything possible to recover maximum compensation for you. There are many critical and complex legal elements involved in the management of a motorcycle crash claim and the right lawyer is essential for putting your needs first.

Unfortunately, accidents can leave victims with serious injuries and damage. You may not be able to capture all of the relevant details of the accident at the scene which is why it is important to retain an attorney which has experience with accident reconstruction. Did you know that lawyers and experts might work together to reconsider how the accident happened?

Clues left behind in the form of evidence could be used to recover compensation for an injured party. In order to properly depict how the accident happened, accident reconstruction might be used. If your lawyer suggests this, you’ll want to do your own research as well to see how accident reconstruction may be used to help your case.

Accident reconstruction involves forensic experts who can help to identify negligence by one of both parties that is due to aggressive actions, carelessness, or faulty road conditions. This has become an invaluable part of personal injury claims because accident reconstruction experts may use the latest software to recreate scene. 3D software technology may be used to reconstruct the accident, which can help to assess the crash and how it was caused. These can become critical when you have sustained serious injuries or injuries that will lead to permanent disability.

Unwinding how the accident happened can be difficult when you were a victim inside the car, especially if you were knocked out during the accident or unable to respond and taken to the hospital. You may not even remember the scene leading up to the accident. Whereas accident reconstruction involving the analysis of evidence at the scene, may help to pinpoint what happened and how you can best protect your interests going forward.

The right attorney should always be retained to give you better peace of mind about what you need to do to protect yourself. If you have questions about accident reconstruction, schedule a consultation today with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer who works in this field on a regular basis will likely have connections with those who are knowledgeable about accident reconstruction and how this can be used to benefit your case.

 

Unfortunately, dog bites are often much more severe than they look. In some cases, they can cause serious infection and even death. While some bites are unavoidable, learning how you can prevent a dog attack can be useful information in many situations. Here’s what to do and what steps you should take if you or a loved one were the victim of a dog bite.

Avoid Strange Dogs

Strange dogs who aren’t familiar with you (and who you aren’t familiar with) are more likely to bite than the family dog or a friend’s dog who you’ve spent time with. Avoid strange dogs and instruct your children to never approach a dog they do not know to pet it.

Let a Dog Approach You

If you do need to approach a dog, especially an unfamiliar one, crouch low to the ground in a non-threatening way. Allow the dog to approach you instead and never tower over the dog or move towards it quickly — this could cause the dog to become scared and subsequently aggressive.

Don’t Leave Children Alone With a Dog

Dog bites are much more dangerous for small children than adults, so it’s important to take as many measures as possible to keep children safe in the presence of a dog. Always supervise children who are playing with or near a dog and never leave children alone with a dog, even the family dog. While most of the time a family dog won’t bite, it only takes a moment for a dog to turn and become aggressive when you least expect it.

Avoid Approaching a Dog Who Is Taking Care of Puppies

If a mother dog is taking care of puppies or is nursing her pups, don’t approach her. Let children know not to approach her either and if needed, set up a bed for the dog and her litter in an area of the home that is easily gated off or is not used by the family. Mother dogs are easily angered and are protective of their puppies.

Were You Bitten by a Dog? Contact a Lawyer Today

Dog bites are painful, dangerous, and emotionally and physically scarring. At Mansell and Mansell, APC, we understand that victims of dog attacks have long roads ahead of them to heal physically and psychologically. We can help you recover damages like medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Call now for a consultation at (323) 466-4900.

 

What you do (and say) after a car accident can have a significant impact on the case that follows. There are several things you should do to ensure the likelihood that your claim will be successful. Here are 5 tips for the scene of the accident and who to call after a motor vehicle collision has wreaked havoc on your life.

1. Don’t Admit Fault

It may seem like instinct to rush to the other vehicle saying, “I’m sorry! I’m so sorry!” However, this can be construed as an admission of guilt. Don’t provide information about what you were doing before the accident or guess at whether it was your fault or not. Stick to the facts and say as little as possible.

2. Get Photographs If You Can

Photographs do more for a car accident claim than statements, and you only have one opportunity to get pictures. If you’re able to snap a couple photos with your phone or camera before your vehicle is moved or towed, do so. It will help your case later on.

3. Secure Witness Information

Witness information is very valuable in a car accident case. If there were any people standing by when the accident occurred or anyone who might be able to tell what happened, get their name and number and provide it to the police. The police should contact them for a statement soon after the accident.

4. Get the Other Driver’s Insurance and Personal Information

Always get the other driver’s insurance information, as well as their personal information. You’ll need to provide yours too. Don’t attempt to contact the other driver personally — instead, provide this information to your insurance company and your attorney.

5. File a Police Report

Many people will not want to get the police involved after a wreck, especially if no one was injured. However, property damage is still an issue and should be handled properly. Always call the police after an automobile accident, even if the other party attempts to persuade you not to.

Contact Mansell & Mansell, APC Today

At Mansell & Mansell, APC, we understand that being in a car accident — even one considered relatively minor — can be a difficult experience. We’re committed to helping you and your family recover physically, emotionally, and monetarily after a car crash. Contact us for a consultation today to learn more about how we can help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve after an accident. Call now at (323) 466-4900.

When someone passes away in California in a way that could have been preventable or otherwise involves some form of negligence, it may be possible to hold the liable party accountable through a wrongful death claim. These are considered civil lawsuits that usually must be brought to court for resolution, as it is unlikely that the party responsible for the grave mistake wants to admit their liability. If the claim is successful, the monetary damages collected are usually quite large, covering funeral expenses, medical bills, and sometimes lost income for years to come.

But the question is: who does it go to? Who has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Next of Kin Get Priority in Wrongful Death Claims

In California State law, just certain people are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Typically, only the deceased’s surviving spouse or children may make a claim against the negligent party. In situations where there is no person in their direct line of descent, anyone who would be entitled to the property through a will or trust can move to file a wrongful death claim. People in this example would include:

  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Close relatives

Financial Dependents May Also Make a Claim

In order to make certain that no one is left without financial stability after someone’s untimely death, California State law also allows those who are financially dependent on the deceased to make a wrongful death claim. This group would typically include stepchildren, parents when a surviving spouse or child exists, and even putative spouses and children. A putative spouse is someone who was unofficially married to the decedent and relied on them as if they were married.

It should be noted that a wrongful death claim is its own independent lawsuit. If your loved one suffered a wrongful death due to a criminal act, you may seek compensation in a claim entirely separate from any criminal process or trial. There is also a two year statute of limitations on wrongful death claims; if you wait just a day beyond that, you will not have any legal right to file.

Do you have more questions about wrongful death cases in California? Do you want to file a wrongful death lawsuit but still aren’t sure if you can? Contact a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney from Mansell & Mansell, APC today for the answers and legal representation you need.

When a loved one passes away due to the negligence of another person, it can be extremely difficult to cope with their sudden departure. Following such an abrupt loss, many are left with the decision of whether or not to file a wrongful death suit. While nothing can ever quite compensate for the hurt of losing your loved one, filing a lawsuit can provide several benefits to the survivors of the decedent.

  • The first reason to file a wrongful death claim is that the settlement from a successful wrongful death suit can bring much needed financial relief
  • for the deceased person’s family. Depending on the specific circumstances regarding your loved one’s passing, compensation will vary.
  • Damages that can be sought include:
  • funeral expenses
  • medical bills related to the decedent’s passing
  • Lost wages that would have been earned

In some particularly egregious negligence cases, punitive damages can be pursued as a means of punishing the wrongful party, totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars.
In addition to monetary benefits, filing a wrongful death lawsuit is a symbolic honoring of the victim’s life by discouraging others from making the same mistakes. If successful, the claim can lead others to be more careful with their actions and ensure that the company or person responsible is held accountable for their negligence. In product liability scenarios, safer products and procedures can be put in place as a result of being found liable, saving future lives from suffering the same fate as your loved one.
If your loved one has recently passed away under preventable circumstances, contact a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney from Mansell & Mansell, APC as soon as possible. With more than 90 years of combined legal experience and three consecutive Super Lawyers® inclusions, our firm is eager to compassionately and swiftly handle your case.
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