I was riding my bicycle across the SandCanyonAve overpass for the 405. The pedestrian walk way is not lit. There was a contruction sign laying on the ground covering the sidewalk and I could not see it. I was thrown from the bike approx 15 yar...
I'm sorry to hear about your accident. You may have a personal injury claim against the city of Irvine. Any experienced attorney you speak with will want to see the photos to make a full evaluation of your accident. A claim against a public entity has strict time constraints in California. Take advantage of any free legal consultations as soon as possible to best protect your rights.See question
Our car was hit by a speedy, non-stop big truck or SUV before an intersection. We were sent to a trauma center and hospitalized for a couple of days. How can we find a really good lawyer?
I'm sorry to hear about your accident. It sounds like you and your mom are still in a great deal of pain. From the circumstances you describe, consulting an experienced attorney is a good idea. I encourage you to search Avvo for someone reputable.
The Avvo rating and past client reviews can help you get a picture of what the attorney is about. Pick several you like the look of and give them all a call. You may find after speaking to them that one stands out. No two law firms are exactly the same. Most personal injury attorneys in Orange County, including myself, offer free in-depth consultations over the phone. Many take calls after hours and can speak to you tonight.See question
I was bitten by dogs and have serious injuries including injury to my back and spine. The accident occurred in Southern California and I’ll need to have surgery. I'm looking for an aggressive and well respected personal injury attorney.
With injuries as severe as yours, it's definitely a good decision to hire an experienced personal injury attorney in your area. Most attorneys on this site, including myself, offer free consultations. The Avvo rating, client reviews, and peer endorsements can help you find the best person to handle your claim.See question
Dog owner who is a tenant not homeowner, allows dog to roam common areas, while not on leash held by capable person. Common areas owned by the HOA. CC&R say that HOA has duty to keep common areas safe. Is there liability only for an ac...
As other attorneys have mentioned, the liability usually falls on the dog owner but the homeowner and HOA could also potentially be held liable. It doesn't sound like an injury has occurred yet. I recommend contacting the HOA. Most associations have a process for sending notices and fining individuals that do not follow community rules. If you know the homeowners, it's also a good idea to alert them to the issue either yourself or via the HOA.See question
Recently, I was in a car accident and the other party's insurance company has already accepted full responsibility for the accident because I was hit from behind. There's mostly rear end bumper damage, but since the accident I've been having some ...
Absolutely. Your property damage claim and bodily injury claim are separate, and are handled by two different adjusters. The property damage portion is almost always settled long before the injury portion. Take your time evaluating, documenting, & treating your injuries. Once you accept a settlement for your medical bills and pain and suffering, there's no going back to the insurance company later if other injuries emerge. Whiplash symptoms can seem mild at first, but can linger or worsen without care.
Even though the other insurance company has accepted full liability, since you have some pre-existing injuries there's a possibility they will deny or devalue your bodily injury claim. It may be a good idea to talk to a personal injury attorney about your accident. You want to get back to your pre-accident health, without getting stuck with the bill.See question
I was at a four-way light. I was on the left turning lane. It was not an arrow turn lane. The light turned green. I had my blinker on and the driver behind me plowed straight into my car when the light turned green. We pulled over and he said it ...
As the other attorneys have pointed out, you shouldn't suffer financially or physically for an accident that isn't your fault. If the driver responsible has insurance, his policy should reimburse you for your property damage and medical bills. If an insurance company is involved, I recommend speaking with a personal injury attorney about the details of the accident. Most attorneys offer free consultations, so you have nothing to lose. Insurance adjusters have no obligation to pay your bills in full. A skilled lawyer will hold them accountable.
If the other driver did not have insurance, your best option is to go to small claims court. Good luck!See question
I was not at fault for the accident. The Sacramento Fire Dept sent me a bill for $240 for what they did at the scene (blood pressure check, etc.) Can I legally sue the driver to cover this bill since it was her fault, hitting me with her car whi...
Absolutely. If you were not at fault for the accident, the driver responsible and his or her insurance company is on the hook for your medical bills.See question
I was rear ended while driving my car. 100% other person's fault. I have insurance, but no driver's license. Can I make a claim to the other person's insurance company?
Yes. Your property damage and medical bills should be covered by the other driver's insurance, whether or not you had a valid license at the time of the crash. There may be some limits on compensation for your pain and suffering but an experienced attorney will be able to establish liability quickly, and hold the insurance company accountable. They are likely to try to use your lack of license against you.See question
I sent the title to my bike via my lawyers about three weeks ago. Along with the tow truck driver picking up the bike about the same time. A agreement has been made and accepted for the amount. Yet it's now been three weeks. How long do I have to ...
Three weeks is an excessive delay. A week or two would be reasonable. I suggest following up with your insurance adjuster for a status update. Good luck!See question
A family friends 16 year old son was hit and killed by a driver in Redding, CA. The driver did not stop, and was later found at a motel where his vehicle he had significant damage. He told police he thought he hit an animal. It was just determined...
I'm very sorry to hear about this tragic event. As some of the other attorneys here have mentioned, depending on what your friend's son was doing at the time, he may have been at fault for the accident in the eyes of the law. It is outrageous that the driver did not stop after the collision given the facts you describe. Your family friends should reach out to investigators specifically about the driver's fleeing the accident scene to find out whether that charge is still under investigation.
Unfortunately, with motor vehicle accidents, justice is often found in pursuing a civil claim. That is where a personal injury attorney can help. Even if the boy is listed at fault on the police report, his family has good cause to pursue the driver's insurance company. Any highly rated personal injury lawyer on Avvo would be happy to answer any additional questions you or your friends may have about a wrongful death claim. Most offer free consultations in person or over the phone.See question