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San Jose Truck Accident Attorney

Although the holidays are a time for celebration and togetherness, our roadways can be especially hazardous this time of year. An increase in the number of passenger vehicles and semis and fluctuating weather conditions contribute to an increase in truck accidents.

Holiday Traffic

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, the amount of traffic on our roads and highways is substantially higher than any other time of the year. From shopping trips for presents and groceries to visits to family members, drivers have no choice but to be on the road. 

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San Jose Personal Injury LawyersIf you were injured in a car accident, you probably called your insurance company shortly thereafter. The representative on the other end might have made small talk and seemed genuinely concerned about the mishap. They likely scheduled a visit from an insurance adjuster, so you and your vehicle could return to a state of normalcy as soon as possible.

The adjuster's role is to make you feel like you have the best insurance company around and that your needs will be met, that is until they make you an offer to compensate for damages. Here is what you should know about adjusters:

Customer Service Professionals

The ultimate goal of the insurance company is to pay as little as possible for your claim, or even better, cancel the request entirely. What you need to know is the insurance adjuster works for the insurance company and does not have your best interests at heart. Insurance companies hire adjusters with excellent customer service skills. With their friendly banter and verbal condolences toward your situation, they build a level of trust, so you are more likely to accept whenever they offer a settlement deal at a fraction of its worth.

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San Jose Motorcycle Accident Injury LawyerWhen motorcyclists are involved in motor vehicle accidents, they are likely to sustain injuries far more serious than those sustained by people riding in cars. A motorist wearing a seat belt may only receive minor injuries, yet the motorcyclist involved in the same accident could require extensive medical care and experience debilitating levels of pain. Motorcyclists are also more likely to die in a collision.

While it has been widely known that motorcycle accidents present an increased risk for serious injury and death than car collisions, the cost of treatment for these injuries has not been thoroughly calculated. A recent Canadian study sought to do just that.

More Frequent and Serious Injuries and Higher Healthcare Costs

In this study, researchers reviewed information concerning 26,831 people who received medical care after being injured in a motorcycle accident and 281,826 who were hurt in car wrecks. The injury rate for motorcycle collisions was triple the injury rate for car accidents. In addition, the study determined that severe injuries were 10 times more likely in motorcycle accidents. 

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San Jose CA texting while driving accident lawyerStates throughout the U.S. are passing legislation limiting the use of cell phones behind the wheel. Georgia, Rhode Island, and Oregon are the latest states to require that hands-free devices be used by drivers, similar to California’s distracted driving law.

States are also ramping up public safety campaigns to inform the public of the dangers of distracted driving. While some states, like Arizona, have no laws prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving, and others, such as Utah, only have only a ban on texting, these campaigns and new laws are expected to embolden lawmakers across the United States to enact new distracted driving laws and increase penalties.

The Ramifications of Being Hit By a Distracted Driver

Even though California was a leader in banning the use of electronic devices behind the wheel, distracted driving is still prevalent and leads to many accidents in the state. There are several things to keep in mind if you think you were injured by a driver who was on his or her phone:

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California brain injury attorneyTraumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a complication that can occur in many types of accidents. Falls and motor vehicle collisions are two common ways accident victims can receive a TBI.

TBIs are also known as concussions. Because the brain is a complex organ, treatment can be especially protracted, and in many cases, the severity of the injury will not initially make itself known. For this reason, it is critical that you seek out all available medical treatment and monitor your symptoms. 

Some TBIs will only require simple treatment. For example, you may visit a doctor who recommends rest, over-the-counter pain medication, and symptom monitoring. While there may be some follow-up appointments, mild TBIs usually do not require long-term care. Those who sustain only mild injuries are the lucky ones. 

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