Did you know that each year an estimated 100,000 work zone auto accident take place in the United States? And with the amount of construction going on around Woodland Hills, including near the Warner Center, drivers need to be extra cautious. Indeed, work site accidents have increased up to 25% in some areas and many experts say it comes down to a simple equation: the more construction, the more danger.
The State of California can hold drunk drivers criminally responsible for the actions, but can victims or their surviving family members be compensated in civil court because of the accident? The answer is a resounding yes.
Drunk driving is a crime that can result in the driver facing monetary penalties, counseling, imprisonment, and the loss of a driver’s license. While these consequences will hopefully stop the driver from reoffending, it doesn’t help the family who suffered. Victims of drunk driving accidents in Woodland Hills need to know that when a driver is arrested or convicted of a DUI or DWI, they have the right to file a civil suit against the drunk driver. The purpose of the civil lawsuit is to help the victim or the surviving family with medical bills, property damage, funeral and burial expenses, expenses for physical rehabilitation, future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Car accidents can cause major injuries, such as paralysis, broken bones, punctured organs, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). More on the subject of brain injuries here. Additionally, car accidents can also cause soft tissue injuries such as whiplash. Soft tissue injuries are fairly minor compared to other injuries and people often discount them but they can cause you serious pain and force you to miss time from work.
What’s more, car accidents can result in temporary or permanent disability. Time off of work to heal from your injuries could leave you facing a mounting pile of debt and extreme anxiety about your future. The pain and stress of a car accident can leave you vulnerable. Avoid the following mistakes to help ensure that you recover the compensation you rightfully deserve after you are injured in a car accident in Woodland Hills by someone else’s negligence.
One of the scarier types of injuries following an auto accident are traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs. A TBI is a form of brain injury caused by sudden damage to the brain. According to the CDC, the leading causes of TBI include falls, motor vehicle and pedestrian-related accidents, and violent assaults. In terms of a car or other auto accident, a brain injury generally stems from hitting your head against something inside the car, such as the steering wheel. If you or your loved one has suffered a TBI after an auto accident in Woodland Hills, reach out to an experienced accident lawyer today.
How will I know if I have a traumatic brain injury?
For many residents of Woodland Hills, including those who live near the Warner Center, you are able to enjoy a “pedestrian” lifestyle, meaning you can walk to restaurants, shopping, movies, and, for a lucky few, even work! While there are many benefits to walking, including those related to health and the environment, there can also be a downside — pedestrian accidents. A pedestrian accident occurs when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, such as a car, truck or even bicycle.
Unfortunately, an individual can be seriously injured when involved in a pedestrian accident. Read on for how you can protect yourself and reduce the risk of getting involved in a pedestrian crash.
If you’ve been hurt in a Woodland Hills accident that was not your fault, you may be wondering how much money the insurance company will give you for your injuries. The truthful answer? Not as much as you deserve. That is why you need the assistance of an aggressive, proven personal injury attorney.
One of the first questions most injury victims have is whether they can afford to hire a personal injury lawyer. At our law firm, the answer is always YES: you do not pay unless we win!
When a pedestrian is struck by an automobile in Canoga Park, serious injuries can — and often do — occur. The injuries can happen not just when the vehicle strikes the pedestrian, but when the person is thrown to the ground or into tree or other object. If you or a loved one were injured in a pedestrian accident by a negligent driver, California law is on your side.
The obvious cause of severe injuries from an auto vs pedestrian accident in Canoga Park is the force of the hit. An individual crossing the street or walking on a sidewalk isn’t as protected from a hard impact as someone driving in a vehicle. Injuries can range from broken bones to long-term brain trauma and paralysis.
Last year, California became the first state in the nation to allow lane-splitting for motorcycle riders, a practice that had long be legal in many countries in Europe and Asia. Lane splitting, also sometimes called lane sharing or stripe-riding, is riding a motorcycle between lanes or rows of slow moving or stopped traffic moving in the same direction. Lane splitting in California does not give motorcycle riders a free pass to ride recklessly and should be performed with care and caution.
Facts about lane-splitting
Attorney Barry P. Goldberg recently wrote a spooky article for the San Fernando Valley Bar Association’s monthly publication, the Valley Lawyer magazine. His article, A Scary Lesson: Terror in the Courtroom, discusses a 2015 California Court of Appeals decision that says haunted houses and other scare events can frighten you and your friends to the point of serious injury — and not be held liable for your injuries.
Barry knows that many of you will be heading out to haunted houses and fright festivals this Halloween season and provides some caution when doing so! Read the full article here.
Recently, a father of 5 was riding his bike along PCH when he was struck and seriously wounded by a hit and run driver. While the man did survive, his injuries are so severe and life-changing that he will require 24/7 care and monitoring for the rest of his life. Our thoughts are with the hit and run victim and his family.