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Accident Injury Articles from GoLaw.com

18 Mar

Are you researching a legal matter?  Have you been injured in an accident?  GoLaw.com is here to hep you find a Personal Injury Attorney near you.  Read our Accident Injury Articles to get more information.  If you have any questions, call 530-674-1440 to get a Free Legal Consultation.

The following BLOGs may be helpful to you in researching your Personal Injury case:

The Jones Act — Unearned Wages

Under the Jones Act and general maritime law, a seaman who is injured in the course and scope of his employment may recover “unearned wages,” i.e., the wages he would have earned if he were able to continue working until the end of the voyage. Unearned wages may include overtime, bonuses, and other employment benefits.

Nominal Damages

If an injured party is harmed or has property that is damaged by the intentional or negligent conduct of a defendant, he may bring an action to recover damages. Sometimes, the injured party recovers a verdict but only nominal, or minimal, damages.

The Collateral Source Rule

The “collateral source rule” is a legal rule that prevents a defendant from introducing evidence that a plaintiff has received payment from a third party. For example, a plaintiff is injured in an automobile accident with a defendant.

Dram Shop Laws

Under a “dram shop law,” a business that sells alcohol to an intoxicated customer may be liable when the customer injures a third party. Most dram shop cases involve drunk driving.

Invasion of Privacy–Disclosure

The law provides everyone with some basic rights to privacy. Privacy is the general right to be left alone and free from unwanted publicity. Unreasonable invasion of one’s privacy causes harm.

If you or a member of your family or friends are involved in a motorcycle accident–crash, or other injury producing event caused by the negligence of others, call the Law Offices of Mark A Doughty at 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of Northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, click http://GoLaw.com

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10 TIPS FOR DRIVING SAFETY IN THE NEW YEAR

28 Feb GoLaw.com and Personal Injury Lawyer Mark A Doughty
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Planning on driving up to the Snow during the Winter Months? Stay safe while traveling in cold, wet, and possibly icy conditions: it’s important to plan ahead and leave distance around your vehicle for a Safe and Happy New Year! Keep reading our GoLaw.com BLOGS to get more Travel Safety Tips for your travels during this holiday season.

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Ten Safety Tips for Winter Road Trips
Charlotte Walters, Yahoo Contributor Network
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10 Tips for Safe Winter Travel on U.S. Roads

1.) Have Good Maps
Before taking a road trip in the winter, always map out your routes ahead of time. Do not assume that your GPS devices will always work during the trip. Have paper maps with marked routes that at least one of you understands. In winter weather, staying on the interstates instead of detouring around large cities is usually a good idea. It is better to be stuck in traffic and be near emergency services than to be stranded on a lonely or dangerous side road. Bring along printouts with information about possible stopping points along the way. Call ahead to hotels and get information or make reservations. Have some alternative options.

2.) Share Contact Information
Give a copy of your plan to a reliable friend or relative. The information should include an estimated arrival time at various major points along the way, and contact information such as cell phone numbers or the phone numbers of places where you plan to stay overnight. You should plan to contact the friend/relative from time to time with a progress report, or if you are significantly delayed. If there are people waiting for you at the final destination, they should receive copies of the travel plan and contact information as well.

3.) Prepare the Vehicle
Take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic for a tune-up. Check belts and replace if worn. Carry extra belts if possible. Clean the battery terminals using a baking soda mixture and a small brush. During the trip, check all fluids regularly, including the windshield washer fluid. Carry extra oil. Always keep the gas tank at least half full. This helps to keep water vapor out of the gas line, and if you were stopped in your vehicle for a long time, this would allow you to run the heater at intervals.

4.) Winter Emergency Car Kit
As every winter approaches, any vehicle that will be traveling in winter weather should have an emergency kit, which includes road flares or reflective triangles, jumper cables, spare tire with correct pressure, can of tire inflate/sealant, folding shovel, chains, traction mats (or kitty litter), ice scraper, extra wiper blades, can of de-icer or WD-40, insulated pliers, screwdrivers, socket wrench, roll of wire, bungee cords, duct tape, 50ft cord (used as a homing line in blizzard), and an empty container to carry gas or water. Remember never to carry extra gasoline inside a vehicle! This list may seem large, but it is incomplete. These are just the basics. If your vehicle is stopped in an ice storm or blizzard, move some of these items inside the car; your trunk may freeze shut.

5.) Pack for Winter Safety
These “people items” could be included in the emergency car kit above. Carry an orange reflective emergency vest, “Help Needed” windshield shade sign, first aid kit and manual, flashlight with fresh batteries, instant chemical hot packs and body warmers like mylar space blankets, plastic bags to wear between layers of clothing to repel moisture and retain body heat, emergency drinking water, and non perishable, high calorie foods.

6.) Internet and Radio Communications
Always be sure to check the Travel Alerts on the Internet if you have the capability, or keep the car radio tuned to the designated AM channels specifically for road travelers. Every U.S. State has their own Department of Transportation (DOT) website; look for a button or link titled Travel Alerts. This will provide information on specific parts of certain state and interstate roads most likely to be affected by weather, construction, and road closures.

Because cell phones have limited battery life, it is wise to have a backup means of communication. The inexpensive choice is FRS radio; you can find these at the local Radio Shack or Wal-Mart. They run on ordinary batteries. FRS Channel 1 is the nationwide emergency channel. The range is limited, and works best using line-of-sight, so climbing to a high spot will help the signal reach farther. CB radio is a bit more expensive, and some units are battery-powered. Channel 9 is the nationwide emergency channel, however Channel 19 is the most commonly monitored channel (language can be foul) and is used by most long-haul truckers. Generally, truckers are friendly, helpful, skilled people to have around during a vehicle emergency.

7.) Heavy Snow or Blizzard
Despite the best-laid plans, you may drive into dangerous snowy conditions. If you can see the vehicle in front of you, keep going forward, because if you stop on the road you could be struck from behind. If the snow is totally blinding, try to pull over just enough to get out of the path of other vehicles and wait out the storm. Pulling too far off the road might cause you to go down an embankment. If your vehicle becomes stranded in deep snow, stay with your car. Attach a bright marker of some kind. Make sure the exhaust pipe is clear of snow before starting the engine to run your heater. A plugged exhaust causes carbon monoxide gas to build up inside the car, quickly killing those inside!

8.) Icy Driving Conditions
Before you leave on a road trip, review with all the drivers of the vehicle how to correctly brake and steer in slippery conditions. Depending on whether it has anti-lock brakes and front or rear wheel drive, methods will vary. Cars are heavy objects. They have a lot of inertia. On ice, when something heavy is moving without any friction to slow it down, it just keeps on going! The heavier the vehicle, the more inertia it has. When driving on ice, slow the speed gradually to a crawl. Go twice as slow as you think you need to. Approach a stop or a turn by starting to slow down at least a half block early. Avoid hills whenever possible. If the car gets stuck, use a mat or sprinkle cat litter under the drive wheels for traction.

9.) Driving Near Trucks and Snow Plows
Remember that big trucks take longer to stop, and they are top heavy so that having to swerve out of the way could cause them to tip over. Do not cut in front of them! If you find yourself behind a snowplow, stay behind it or use caution when passing. The road behind a snowplow will be safer to drive on. Don’t tailgate the plow; stay about 15 car lengths behind it. The plow operator’s field of vision is limited, so don’t assume that they can see you.

10.) Suggested Cross Country Routes
Traveling from San Francisco on the west coast to Boston on the east coast, the best winter routes would include the following: Interstate Route 40 avoids the majority of mountains and keeps the elevations generally lower, making it the best interstate choice in the wintertime. The highest elevation would be just over 7000 ft, at the western edge of the Great Plains leaving New Mexico. I-40 merges with I-75 in Tennessee. At Knoxville, stay on I-75 until it approaches Toledo, Ohio. Take I-80 going east toward Cleveland. This route generally stays open in winter although it is a northerly route, but the advance warning system for severe winter weather travel is a good one.

From Cleveland to Boston, continue east on I-80 all the way into New Jersey, avoiding some of the more troublesome northern routes. At this point you can turn onto I-95 and go right up the coast to Boston. While I-95 is heavily traveled and can have stoppages, you will never be far from emergency services and towns with nice accommodations if the weather turns nasty.

Even if a more southerly route is chosen in the wintertime, an Arctic Low could dip down and bring an ice storm to areas that would normally be temperate. No matter how safe you think a winter route might be, always check the weather forecasts and follow the ten travel tips above to keep you and your passengers safe.

If you or a member of your family or friends are involved in a motor vehicle accident–collision, or other injury producing event caused by the negligence of others, call the Law offices of Mark A Doughty at 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com 

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FAMILY OF CRASH VICTIM FILES LAWSUIT

1 Nov

As reported in the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) eClips on 10/29/13 and in the Chicago Tribune:
3 innocent victims died as a result of a motor vehicle collision with a garbage truck in Skokie Illinois. The lawsuit alleges that the driver was speeding through a school zone and failed the honk his horn before the crash. The truck driver survived the wreck, unlike the occupants of the innocent victims’ car.

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Crash Victim’s Family Files Lawsuit

The family of a woman who died when her car was hit by a garbage truck has filed a lawsuit against the village of Skokie, Illinois. There were two other passengers in the vehicle who also died when it was hit by the garbage truck at an intersection. The lawsuit alleges negligence on behalf of the truck driver claiming he was driving “without keeping a proper and sufficient lookout.” The lawsuit also notes that the driver was speeding through a school zone and failed to honk his horn before the crash. The truck driver was the only survivor of the collision.
Alexandra Chachkevitch, Chicago Tribune 10/29/2013
Source: Chicago Tribune 

If you or a member of your family or friends are involved in a motor vehicle accident–collision, or other injury producing the event caused by the negligence of others, call the Law offices of Mark A Doughty at 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, click http://GoLaw.com.

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29 Oct

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15 Oct

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How Much Auto Insurance Do You Need?

11 Jun

Mark A Doughty - California Personal Injury Law
How Much Car Insurance Do You Need?

By Mark A. Doughty, Esq.   www.GoLaw.com

Most drivers think they have too much auto insurance.
Most drivers after involvement in an auto collision find out they had too little!
Don’t get caught having too little auto insurance coverage.

ONE way to reduce your auto insurance premium is to increase the deductible on your collision coverage and reduce on your liability coverage. Sometimes this can make sense, but often it’s not worth the extra risks. In California, the minimum coverages are

1.  Liability Coverage: $15,000 per person and $30,000 per accident

2. Property Damage: $5,000 per accident.  (California Insurance Code §11580.1b)

If you cannot afford liability insurance, you may be eligible for the California Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program. Additional information is available at www.aipso.com/lc or call 1-800-602-8861.

Carinsurance.com has an online calculator to help you evaluate this question based upon your personal family and financial situation (http://www.carinsurance.com/Coverage-Calculator.aspx) or talk to your insurance broker. I find there are sometimes lower prices through Independent Insurance Brokers who can shop 5 or 10 different companies vs. just one as in Farmers, State Farm or Allstate brokers. Contrary to TV ads, you “May Not” be in “GOOD HANDS” with a single company broker!

ProgressiveAgent.com has a wonderful 5 company comparison online that even shows you the competition when they are much lower. I used it when my 18 year old son had a new truck and I did not want him on my policy. It showed us a different company was 50% less for the same coverages!

Bodily Injury Liability

This coverage, which is required in most states, compensates the driver of the other car and its passengers in the event you get into an accident. It also covers the passengers in your car. The main consideration here is protecting your assets against lawsuits that arise from auto accidents. “But I’m a careful driver,” you say. It doesn’t matter. You can get sued even if the accident is not your fault.

Bodily injury liability is sold in standard increments that designate both how much coverage you have per person in an accident, with an additional limit per accident. For example, if you buy bodily injury worth $100,000/$300,000, each of the people you injured could be compensated $100,000, but only up to $300,000 per accident.

How much coverage you need is a function of what assets you have to protect. If you make $30,000 a year and rent your apartment, $50,000/$100,000 should suffice. But if you make more than $75,000 a year, own a house worth $150,000 and have $40,000 in mutual funds, you should consider at least $100,000/$300,000 of coverage. How much you’ll pay to increase your bodily injury liability coverage depends on several factors, including your age, where you live, marital status and driving record. To increase Liability Coverage from $15,000/$30,000 and $5,000 to $100,000/$300,000 and $25,000 can be as low as $50 added annual premium.

One more option: If you have substantial assets, buy $300,000 in bodily injury on your auto policy and $300,000 – to $3,000,000 on the liability portion of your homeowners policy. Then spend another $150 to $300 for a $1 million umbrella policy, which covers you against all manner of liability claims. Should you want still more coverage, the cost for an additional $1 million in coverage is minimal: It’s typically $75 to increase your coverage to $2 million, and then $50 for each million after that, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

Property Damage Liability

This coverage will pay for the repair and replacement of the other guy’s car or property in the event of an accident. State-required minimums are as low as $5,000, but if you total somebody’s Lexus, that won’t begin to cover the damage.

You’re better off with a minimum of $50,000 for each vehicle you own. And to be truly safe, you should have a total of $100,000 coverage.

Medical Payments Protection

DO NOT skimp on this one! Med Pay or PIP coverage pays for the medical and funeral costs associated with an accident for you and your family or any occupant of your vehicle regardless of whose fault it was. Some policies protect a named insured on your policy in another person’s vehicle or as a pedestrian.  Some people SKIP this but there are several good reasons to have this coverage.

1. Your occupants (friends or family) may not have health insurance

2. If the accident is the fault of the other driver and you collect on Med Pay, coverage is immediate and usually not subject to the same Pre-Approval requirements of Health Insurance

3. Even if you eventually collect from the other driver’s insurance you may not have to repay this amount to your insurance company.


Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist

This coverage pays for medical and funeral costs for you and your family in the event you get in an accident with either a hit-and-run driver or a driver who doesn’t have enough auto insurance. Uninsured Motorist policies usually cover bicycle and pedestrian accidents, as well as a named insured on your policy in another person’s vehicle. On average, it costs less than $40 a year for $100,000 coverage annually. Given the prevalence of uninsured drivers nationally, this coverage is essential.  Studies show uninsured drivers in California can be from 15% – 29% of all cars on the road!

Collision and Comprehensive

Collision reimburses you for the cost of repairs or replacement of your car after an accident.  Comprehensive covers you in the event your car falls victim to a natural disaster, vandalism or theft. With either coverage, the lower the deductible you choose, the more the policy will cost you. I recommend that you always choose the highest deductible you can afford ($1,000-$5,000 is fine). In effect you save premium dollars by being Self Insured for the deductible amount.  If you have an older car, you might drop this coverage altogether.

Collision and comprehensive, which can account for 30% to 40% of your total premium, are cash-value coverages. That means if your car is damaged, the most you’ll recoup is the cash value (See kbb.com and nada.com), which declines precipitously as your car ages. If you have cash in a savings account to repair or replace you car on a moments notice you might skip these coverages. However, if you eliminate the coverages, you’ll have to foot the bill if the car is damaged, totaled or stolen.  If it caused by an insured driver it can take weeks or months for the driver’s company to pay out.

Optional coverages:

1. Rental-car reimbursement, which pays as little as $25 or so a day while your car is in the repair shop after a collision.

2. Towing coverage, can be as low as $10 annually. Compare that to the $60 annually to join an Auto Club like CSAA.

3. Full glass coverage, auto glass is expensive and an errant stone can ruin a $500 windshield in the blink of an eye.

About the author: Mark A. Doughty has practiced personal injury and auto collision law in the Sacramento valley since 1980. For questions or representation see www.GoLaw.com or call 916-645-1917; 530-674-1440.

Sources:

1. http://www.GoLaw.com – My 33 Years of Auto Liability Law Practice in Sacramento Valley, California

2. http://www.smartmoney.com

3. http://www.carinsurance.com

4. http://www.dmv.ca.gov

5. http://www.carinsurance-california.com

6. http://articles.latimes.com

7. http://www.insurance.ca.gov

Contact us for your Sacramento accident lawyer today

At the Law Offices of Mark A. Doughty, you can contact us twenty-four hours a day, and we are available for evening or weekend appointments. If necessary, we will even visit you at home or in the hospital. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you pay no fees unless we obtain a recovery for you. For the convenience of our clients, we have Spanish and Punjabi interpreters available.

If you are injured, contact the Northern California Law Offices of Mark A. Doughty for an accident lawyer in the Sacramento Area.

For Yuba City, CA – call 530.674.1440
For Sacramento, CA – call 916.979.1917
For Lincoln, CA – call 916.645.1917

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Topic: Automobile Accidents

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5 May
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Contact us for your Sacramento accident lawyer today
At the Law Offices of Mark A. Doughty, you can contact us twenty-four hours a day, and we are available for evening or weekend appointments. If necessary, we will even visit you at home or in the hospital. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you pay no fees unless we obtain a recovery for you. For the convenience of our clients, we have Spanish and Punjabi interpreters available.

If you are injured, contact the Northern California Law Offices of Mark A. Doughty for an accident lawyer in the Sacramento Area.

For Yuba City, CA – call 530.674.1440
For Sacramento, CA – call 916.979.1917
For Lincoln, CA – call 916.645.1917

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