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California personal injury lawyersNegligence lawsuits stemming from car crashes typically involve other road users, trucking companies, transit providers, or construction companies, but one family is suing Caltrans after the death of two family members. The surviving family of the victims claims the state is responsible for the death because they failed to remove a dangerous tree. What might this have to do with your own personal injury case? The following information explains, and it provides details on where to find assistance.

Why Caltrans May Be Liable

Highway 99 has a high and well-documented fatality rate. Its road infrastructure is crumbling, and there is a eucalyptus tree that sits a mere 20 feet from the roadway. The road lacks barriers and barricades, which could protect drivers from hitting the tree. Unfortunately, the state has done nothing to remedy the situation. In fact, the tree continues to sit in its place, even after two vehicles collided with it and burst into flames. All passengers and drivers died at the scene.


San Jose personal injury attorneyA Florida woman is suing United Airlines after being injured by an employee attempting to transfer her from her wheelchair to a seat. The woman has a debilitating disability that leaves her confined to a wheelchair. She was on her way to Austin from Tampa to visit family last September, and the incident happened at a layover in Houston.

An Unfortunate Accident or Airline Negligence?

According to the lawsuit, the United Airlines employee lifted the woman from her wheelchair in order to place her into the passenger seat when he lost control and dropped her. The woman told news outlets, "He kept saying, 'Don't worry, I got you.' …I put my trust in him, but I saw the look of panic in his face when he knew he was going to drop me and it was terrifying."


California motorcycle accident lawyersAlthough lane splitting is a common practice among motorcyclists, nationwide, California is currently the only state that explicitly permits it in their laws. On the one hand, this provides additional protection to riders who are hit by a distracted driver while lane splitting. On the other, the practice can increase the risk of death or injury to the rider. Learn more about your rights as a motorcyclist, including your right to pursue compensation for any injuries you may experience during a crash, with help from the following information.

What is Lane Splitting?

Lane splitting is when a motorcycle moves between two lanes of traffic. It can be done while traffic is moving, or when traffic is stopped. Many riders use the maneuver while riding in groups, but it can also be used to place a buffer between the rider and other drivers. An example would be lane splitting while stopped at a traffic light, which may reduce the rider’s risk of being hit from behind by an inattentive driver. Unfortunately, lane splitting does also come with risks.


San Jose personal injury lawyersAmericans spend a lot of time interacting on social media. Whether it is using Facebook to connect with friends and family across the globe, using Twitter to share book reviews or the latest trend, or simply posting your favorite moments on Instagram, the time spent there rarely has a negative impact on your day-to-day life. What happens, though, when you file a personal injury claim? Can your social media use influence the outcome of your case? You bet it can! The following explains how, and it provides you with some tips for reducing the risk.

Understanding the Nature of Personal Injury Cases

Most often, personal injury cases occur between an injured party and a negligent party. Few negligent parties pay the victim out of pocket; instead, the case is often handled by an insurance company (auto insurance, homeowner’s insurance, premises liability insurance, etc.). Because they are in the business of making money, not paying it out, insurance companies often do all they can to avoid a payout. In some cases, they may even go so far as to dig into your personal life; that includes surfing the internet to see what you might be up to while your claim is pending.


San Jose personal injury attorneysA Greyhound bus driver may be out of a job and facing legal consequences after he was recorded texting while driving. A passenger on the bus bound for Philadelphia from Washington, D.C. told news outlets that he noticed the driver was texting while driving on Interstate 95 through Maryland. The passenger pulled out his cell phone in order to capture the negligent behavior on camera after he first became aware of the driver’s dangerous conduct when the bus started drifting into other lanes without signaling. The passenger said he watched the driver text with his phone in his lap for a full minute, 34 seconds of which are on camera. Texting, talking on the phone, changing radio stations, or other distractions can cause operators to lose focus and can result in serious injuries or even fatalities.

Common Causes of Public Transport Injuries

In 2016, Americans took 10.4 billion rides on public transport. Buses, trains, subways, cable cars, and light rail systems allow people to get to their destination safely every day. Unfortunately, injuries on public transport do happen, and when they do, the situation can quickly become complicated.


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