According to the latest statistics from the federal government, driving has become a safer activity for motorists in California. The state experienced a 45 percent decline in car accident fatalities. The good news for motorists comes at a time when the state ranks in ninth place as the deadliest place for pedestrians.
Serious car accidents can go into one of two paths when it comes to potential legal claims: the personal injury path, in which those injured in the crash can attempt to recover money damages for their injuries and property damage, and in the worst-case scenario relatives of people killed in the accident can initiate a wrongful death action.
If you have not already suffered a serious injury due to a negligent driver, could you imagine your entire life being put on hold because of a car accident? Perhaps not, which is why so many chose to opt out of valuable defensive driving courses. Traffic school is regulated by the state of California and was designed to teach drivers skills that could help them to avoid an accident and potentially save their life.
As any parent knows, accidents happen. Unfortunately, accidents can happen when your child is at school. Some accidents are truly just accidents, such as your child tripping in the hall or bumping his head on a desk. But what if your child is injured because of a dangerous condition on the school property? Can a school be legally responsible for these types of injuries?
Spend some time reading the news about settlements and jury awards in connection with brain injury cases, and you might be surprised at how much they can amount to. In California, sums of of millions of dollars are not uncommon; at Callahan & Blaine, for example, we have helped our clients to win settlements of up to $28 million in traumatic brain injury claims.