A traffic accident can instantaneously change the lives of all those affected, and that is not just the lives of the injured victims. The number of fatalities suffered on the nation’s highways has been increasing in the past few years, potentially being impacted by distracted driving practices that are common with respect to cell phone usage while driving. Fatal accidents can easily result in wrongful death claims when the right circumstances are present, such as intoxicated driving, negligence, and product liability. While many auto accidents are simple when it comes to determining fault and causation, many other auto accidents are very complicated in nature and require the legal expertise of attorneys like the legal counselors at JT Legal Group, who understand how to investigate an accident for all potentially negligent actors and pursue financial damage recovery for their clients who have been harmed by the negligence of others.
Many cases can prove difficult when it comes to locating negligent parties, such as a hit and run mishap. However, hit and run crashes can still result in significant injury awards when the injured parties have uninsured and under-insured coverage riders on their personal auto policy. In addition, when the illegal actors can be located and apprehended, they can be charged criminally and sued for damages in most instances. This situation also means an injured driver may be in an adversarial position with their own insurance company as well, which is rarely a positive for the claimant. The final result is that it is never a good idea to attempt handling an injury claim personally because there are several defenses that can be used by insurance providers to lessen a claim or avoid one altogether. Always retain an aggressive legal representative.
Property recovery claims are often the first component of a settlement that is transferred by the respondent insurance company, which is also a good sign that the insurance company will not fight liability on their client’s part. This protection can include assignment of a rental vehicle while awaiting repairs or paying off the value of the vehicle if it is totaled out by the insurance company. The personal injury settlement negotiation is usually where the most intense resistance occurs from the insurance provider, especially when the insurance adjuster thinks they can argue for an increase in the comparative negligence percentage of the injured plaintiff driver or avoid long-term medical coverage for permanent or disabling injuries included in an intentionally delayed settlement.
Big truck wrecks are some of the worst collisions seen on the California freeway system and often have catastrophic results for anyone driving or riding in a car, especially when they occur at a high rate of speed. These are also often complicated cases when unraveled by authorities, and the potential for multiple negligent parties is always a possibility. Many times transportation companies have liability as well in commercial truck involvement because they actually order the delivery and could have failed in maintaining the vehicle or complying with all safety checks and driving limit requirements. Fatigued driving is a regular issue with commercial vehicle operators, usually based on instructions from the company dispatcher.
Automotive part malfunctions are common in many crashes that seem unexplained. The recent trend has been failing braking systems or air bag inflators discharging without being impacted, along with extensive recalls on automotive car restraint devices for small children. These claims are also viewed narrowly by the court, meaning it is not always necessary for plaintiff attorneys to prove negligence by the part manufacturer. These claims can be defended strongly when they arise as an anomaly, but recall lists can also serve as documentation that the problem has existed previously. The court could view item inclusion on a recall list as failure to provide a reasonable duty of care to product users. These cases always require an experienced attorney, as the actual victim may have difficulty recovering damages without legal counsel.
Anyone who has been a victim of a traffic mishap in California should call the California attorneys at JT Legal Group for a free evaluation of your case value potential. It is easy to be cheated out of an equitable settlement when you do not understand the tactics of the opposing insurance companies. We pride ourselves in providing professional negotiation services as well as solid professional legal representation.
— Jack Ter-Saakyan, Esq.
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