California may not be famous for cold winter weather with snow and ice on the roads. But winter does bring seasonal changes to the Golden State, and many coastal areas experience rain, fog and even hail between October and April.
It's a new year in California, and that is bringing some new laws. After another year including stories of people injured or killed on the road, one law is trying to make it harder for some drivers who have shown some lack of responsibility.
Driving is an integral part of life for millions of Californians. Public transit options exist but the infrastructure is built for people with their own cars and trucks. Although accidents are rare in most parts of the Golden State, a collision can result in serious damage to vehicle, severe injury or even death.
On Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in La Mirada, California, a man tragically died after a collision with a car. The incident occurred at the Valley View Avenue and Rosecrans Avenue intersection in the early afternoon.
Car accident injuries are almost always accompanied by a great deal of pain and suffering. While it is relatively easy to quantify the damages done to a vehicle, or even to calculate the medical bills associated with an accident, it is nearly impossible to put a dollar amount on the amount a person suffered emotional and physical pain as a result of a car accident.
When a car accident occurs in California, one would generally expect the person responsible to own up to the incident and show compassion. Car accidents can cost lives. Therefore even if a person caused an accident, they are expected and legally required to stay at the scene and provide care to those injured.
We all have the responsibility to act with other people's safety in mind, no matter what we are doing. But when we are operating a moving vehicle such as a car or a truck, acting safely becomes even more important. When a crash occurs on the road, there are many reasons why it may have happened. It could have been caused by external, unavoidable circumstances, such as bad weather or a fallen tree. However, very often an accident is found to be the fault of a driver or of multiple drivers involved.
If you have suffered an injury as the result of being involved in a serious car accident, you will have suffered damages in several ways. The financial damages such as the damage to your vehicle, the medical bills that you will have to pay and the lost wages that you will likely suffer are just the beginning. It is likely that you have also been through a great deal of pain, stress and suffering, and these emotional damages should be classed as damages just like any other.
You've heard the term "defensive driving," but what does it entail? Even more importantly, can it prevent you from being injured in an auto accident?
Right after you're involved in a car crash, you may experience a multitude of emotions. One of perhaps the most noticeable is a sense of shock.