What to Do When Injured In Accident By An Uninsured Motorist

It only seems fair that the injured party in an auto accident receive full compensation. However, in California, about 1 in 8 drivers are uninsured, meaning if you or a loved one were injured in an accident that was caused by an uninsured driver, the at fault driver does not have insurance coverage to pay for your damages.

Not surprisingly, individuals who choose to drive without being covered — uninsured motorists — create problems for those who do follow the law and have insurance. Indeed, injured drivers won’t receive any compensation if they file a personal injury claim against an uninsured motorist.

Do no despair, however, there is hope: your own insurance coverage. If you are involved in an accident with a driver who does not have insurance, you can file a claim under your own uninsured motorist coverage.

How Does Uninsured Motorist Coverage Work?

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Qualities to Look for in A Personal Injury Lawyer

If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, whether it was an auto accident, slip and fall accident, or dog bite accident, you may been wondering if you need to hire an attorney to help you file your claim. The answer: not always. Read this post to learn more about when hiring a personal injury attorney is the best choice for your accident claim.

If you’ve decided to seek legal counsel, selecting one personal injury lawyer over another can be a frustrating task, especially if this is your first time hiring an attorney. Like many accident victims, you will want a professional who has the experience and expertise in getting clients the best possible compensation.

Make sure that your lawyer has the following qualities:

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Common Injuries Occurring with Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are fairly common in the US. And unfortunately, many of them are deadly. According to a recent survey by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 4500 motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2014. While helmets and proper driving practice can help decrease these accidents to an extent, truth be told, it is likely almost impossible to completely eliminate them.

Motorcycle accidents are also more severe than other auto accident for several reasons, including the lack of vehicle lack safety equipment such as seatbelts, airbags, and steal frames. This can result in a range of injuries, from mild road rashes to more severe brain injuries. Keep reading to learn more about motorcycle accidents and financial recovery.

1.    Road rash

Motorcyclists who drive with their skin exposed are vulnerable to abrasions from the pavement. Of course, even in sturdy clothing, the gear may still get ripped due to pressure or torn upon collision. This can allow the skin to get scrapped too. The resulting wounds may wind up scarring, which can last forever.

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Do Senior Drivers Cause More Accidents?

Recently, a Chinese tourist was struck and killed in a pedestrian accident near the beach. The driver was an 85-year-old man who veered off the road and hit the man who was walking on the sidewalk. The car landed on its roof in a parking lot after hitting a short cinder block wall. Sadly, the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The senior driver was hospitalized with injuries that were not life threatening.

Senior Drivers and Auto Accidents

While generally speaking, seniors are safe drivers compared to other age groups (particularly teen drivers), certain age-related conditions and limitations can also mean their reaction times are slower. We all remember the tragic case of the elderly man who drove down Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, running over and killing ten innocent bystanders. However, most older drivers do recognize and avoid situations where their limitations put them at risk. They drive less after dark, during rush hour or in bad weather, and avoid difficult roads such as highways and intersections.

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The “Collateral Source Rule” is Alive and Well in California!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is often confronted with situations where there are multiple sources of insurance recovery for his clients.  Many clients do not realize that the “Collateral Source Rule” may reward them for having their own insurance— even if that may involve a “double recovery.” Recently, the collateral source rule…

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Is a City Immune for Failing to Install Signals at a Crosswalk?

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is seeing more and more serious pedestrian accidents at crosswalks.  In fact, Mr. Goldberg recently posted articles on the most dangerous intersections for pedestrian accidents in Woodland Hills.  However, nearby Canoga Park is notorious for many serious and even fatal auto versus pedestrian accidents.  A common question…

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