How much money can a family recover from a wrongful death claim? Measuring the value of a human life is ethically challenging, but it is absolutely necessary in today's personal injury legal system. In general, courts use a measure known as "valuation by human capital" to determine the appropriate amount of compensation. This is also known as the pecuniary loss rule.
One of the first questions people have after a car crash is, "Whose fault was it?" This isn't just a question asked out of curiosity; it is a question that must be answered in order to determine what, if any, remedies are available for injured parties.
A California highway worker was killed on Feb. 9 after he was struck by a vehicle while cleaning up debris on Highway 17. The man, age 54, was a 15-year employee of Graniterock, a Watsonville-based firm that contracted with Caltrans for cleanup and road maintenance. One other victim, a 34-year-old Graniterock worker, was harmed in the personal injury accident. Official reports show that the decedent and the injured victim were both hit by the same dump truck, driven by a 39-year-old man employed by Hildebrand & Sons out of Watsonville.
A 35-year-old California woman is dead after a 70-foot oak tree toppled through the roof of her home and crushed her. The personal injury incident occurred in the early morning hours on January 22, according to local authorities. Family members and friends of the woman say she had previously complained about the tree to her landlord, saying that she was concerned that it might fall over. Neighbors had also expressed concern that the tree was unsafe, but no action was taken by the landlord. The massive tree had a trunk that measured approximately 7 feet in diameter.
Suffering injuries due to the actions of another person can sometimes prove complicated. Car accidents are among the most common events in which individuals sustain broken bones or other serious injuries that result from other parties. If you have suffered such injuries in an accident in which another driver was at fault, you may want to consider your claims options.
A new California law emphasizes the importance of safe driving by banning vehicle operators from holding their phones while driving. Officials say this should have a positive impact on personal injury rates by forcing drivers to focus more on the road. Drivers who are caught holding their phones in their hand while driving face potential fines of $20 for the first offense and $50 for subsequent violations.
Rear-end accidents are often dismissed as minor accidents, but in reality, they can cause a great deal of damage and painful injuries. If you suffered injuries in a car accident, you may have a case, even if you do not believe that your injuries merit a personal injury claim. It is always worthwhile to fully explore all of the legal options available to you.
When people are injured negligently in an accident, they experience an onslaught of emotions. Chief among these may be anger, despair and perhaps a desire for revenge. You should know that in a personal injury claim, there is not much room for negative emotion. In fact, indulging in these all too understandable feelings could interfere with your focus and actually weaken your case.
According to the California Highway Patrol, an alleged drunk driver caused a wreck that injured three people and killed a 29-year-old man. That man was mistakenly identified as a minor in early reports, which claimed he was 15, but the latest information shows that he was actually 29.
It seems highly unlikely that when fully self-driving cars do one day become available on the general market, everyone will go out and get one right away. So, there is likely to be a fair amount of time in which self-driving cars and regular cars share the roads.