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San Jose personal injury attorneyThere is nothing wrong with blowing off steam and having a few drinks in a bar from time to time. Sometimes, however, a bar can become dangerous. The consumption of alcohol in a party-like atmosphere can cause some individuals to become aggressive—often to the point of starting physical altercations. While most bar fights are nothing like you see in the movies, the reality is that any type of fistfight can cause serious injuries. If you have suffered injuries in a bar fight, you may be entitled to compensation.

Who Started It?

Your eligibility to collect damages will depend on several factors. First, it is important to determine who “started” the fight. While it may not seem fair in some cases, this will often boil down to who made physical contact first or who threw the first punch. There are exceptions, however, as you may have initiated the physical contact to defend someone else who was being hurt or threatened with imminent harm.  

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San Jose amusement park injury attorneyA trip to an amusement park or a water park is practically a summer tradition for many families. In California, of course, there is often no need to wait for summer, as the weather is usually conducive to an amusement park visit any time of year. During such a visit, parents are willing to endure long lines and expensive food prices in exchange for the priceless looks of joy on the faces of their children. In some cases, it is the adults themselves who get the most out of an amusement park.

Amusement park rides undergo intensive testing and regular inspections to ensure that they are safe for the children and adults who ride them. Unfortunately, accidents still happen, and when they do, injuries may occur.

Opening Day Mishap

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b2ap3_thumbnail_gavel-files-paper-discovery.jpgWhen you get behind the wheel of your car, you assume that you will get to your destination safely and without incident. Unfortunately, however, thousands of drivers every day in the United States are involved in accidents that cause property damage, injuries, and sometimes death. Most drivers assume that when they are in an accident caused by someone else, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will be responsible for any injuries or damages that may have resulted. But, what if the costs associated with the damages and injuries are greater than the limits of the at-fault driver’s insurance policy? In such a situation, an accident victim may need to file an underinsured motorist claim with his or her own insurance company, but as a recent case in Orange County shows, insurance companies are not always as reliable as they seem.

An Unfortunate Accident

In 2009, a man from Newport Beach was injured when another driver ran a stop sign and collided with the man’s vehicle, just a few miles from his home. The man suffered blood vessel and nerve damage and was left with one arm paralyzed. Due to his injuries, the man was unable to work, according to his complaint and his attorney.

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San Jose personal injury attorneysSociologists and other experts on human behavior give names to various periods in the evolution of human civilization. You have probably heard about the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age, but in more recent centuries, other names have been used such as the Industrial Age, Computer Age, and Space Age. One could make the argument that a good name for the age we are in right now might be the Selfie Age. With the rise of cell phone technology and the ubiquitous camera in every device, people from all walks of life can be seen taking pictures of themselves for posting on social media. Sometimes, however, the need to take a selfie can be deadly, as the family of a Texas teen recently learned in the most tragic way possible.

A Halloween Tragedy

Last October, a 16-year-old girl in Houston was on the way to a Halloween party with several of her friends. Various reports indicate that just a few blocks from her house, the girl—who was a passenger in the vehicle—took off her seatbelt so she could take a selfie with her friend. Seconds later, the driver lost control of the car and went off the road. The girl was thrown from the vehicle and died instantly, her father told news outlets. The other occupants of the car still had their seatbelts on and walked away from the accident with just minor injuries.

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San Jose personal injury attorneyEach year, there are more than 6 million traffic accidents that cause property damage or bodily injury in the United States. California has more licensed drivers than any other state, making accidents on California roadways virtually inevitable, and some of them, unfortunately, are fatal. According to safety advocacy groups, the number of auto-related fatalities nationwide dropped slightly in 2017 compared to previous years. Some, however, are concerned that the number of deaths is not dropping fasting enough.

Sobering Numbers

The National Safety Council (NSC) is a non-governmental, non-profit group based in Illinois that seeks to eliminate “preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy.” The organization that 2017 saw 40,100 motor vehicle -related fatalities—a number which includes pedestrians and cyclists. The number represents about a 1 percent decrease from 2016, when 40,327 individuals were killed.

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