Archives for February 2014

When a Drunk Driver Hits Your Car

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If the 17 million people who confessed that they drive drunk had a state of their own, it would be the United States’ fifth largest state, notes MADD, or Mother’s Against Drunk Driving. And drunk driving costs each adult in our country nearly $500 annually.

The drunk driver who hit your car and caused your injuries has, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control,* driven drunk on average about 80 times before getting arrested for a first-time DWI.

Odds are that the drunk driver who hit your car caused the crash. When a drunk driver has hit your car, their insurance company is meant to pay for the damages.

Damages in this case can include the medical treatment that you and others injured will need, the cost of repairing or replacing the damaged car and other material items in the car, and the damages related to pain and suffering that happened as a result of the trauma. As well, the driver will be charged with a DWI.

If, however, the impaired driver was uninsured or underinsured, you will request payment from your own insurance company. Hopefully, you have uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. As well, you can still sue the drunk driver for damages.

It may also be possible to track down the person who gave the drunk driver alcohol and sue them under what is called Dram Shop laws. These laws state that if a bartender or other person who is in a position of selling or serving alcohol serves the alcohol to someone who is clearly and by all reasonable standards drunk, and that drunk person causes an accident, the person or organization that served or sold him the alcohol in the first place can also be sued for damages.

When you are dealing with recovering from a trauma such as a drunk driving accident, a personal injury attorney experienced in fighting for the rights of the injured can help.

Contact the Weber & Nierenberg Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are experienced in protecting the rights of people injured in drunk driving crashes. Our law firm represents clients throughout the Northern California and San Francisco Bay Area. We will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses. Call
866-288-6010
today.

We represent clients in personal injury cases on a contingency basis; you pay no attorney fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

* (Centers for Disease Control. “Vital Signs: Alcohol-Impaired Driving Among Adults — United States, 2010.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. October 4, 2011.) – See more at: http://www.madd.org/drunk-driving/about/drunk-driving-statistics.html#sthash.NQBAd4CW.dpuf)

Bicyclist Struck by Car on James Donlon Blvd. in Antioch on 2/24/14

On Monday afternoon, February 24, 2014, a bicyclist pedaling along James Donlon Boulevard near G Street in Antioch was struck by a car. The unfortunate bicyclist was taken to the hospital for his injuries.

The victim has a right to seek compensation from the negligent motorist.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in bicycle and automobile accidents, including those involving wrongful death, as well as motorcycle, bus, truck, and pedestrian accident cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding a bicycle accident or auto, motorcycle, pedestrian, bus accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

Pedestrian Struck by Car near Pleasant Hill BART Station on 2/25/14

On Tuesday morning, February 25, 2014, a male pedestrian walking in the crosswalk at Jones Road and Treat Boulevard in Pleasant Hill was struck by a Mazda sedan. The unfortunate pedestrian was taken to the hospital for his injuries.

The victim has a right to seek compensation from the negligent motorist.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in pedestrian and automobile accidents, including those involving wrongful death, as well as motorcycle, bus, truck, and bicycle accident cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding a pedestrian accident or auto, motorcycle, bicycle, bus accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

Dealing With Insurance After a Car Crash

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According to the Insurance Information Institute, most motor vehicle drivers file insurance claims about once every eight to 10 years. So drivers aren’t expected to know the process of dealing with insurance after a car accident, a process that can be annoying, time-consuming and intimidating.

For example, did you know that you DO NOT have to go to the auto insurance’s “preferred shop” to repair the damage to your vehicle? Your car is your car, and you have a right to choose where you want to repair it. But the insurance companies won’t tell you that. They will simply send you along to their “preferred” repair shop.

Why? Because they have a bulk contract with that repair shop and have strict limits on budgets. They have often said, “If you don’t use our shop, you will have to pay the difference.” According to Mark’s Body Shop, 99.9 percent of the time the initial insurance estimate is not adequate. Their shop, which has chosen not to be a “preferred vendor” out of conflict-of-interest concerns, has found that insurers pay more when shown what is “necessary to properly and safely repair your vehicle.”

If you’ve been injured in a crash that was caused by someone else’s mistake, you will need to work with a claims agent. This person is usually different from your regular insurance agent. There may be different adjusters assigned to different parts of your case — damage to the vehicle, medical treatment costs, emotional trauma costs and the like.

Document as much as possible of your treatment. As soon as possible after the crash, write down what happened, including the time of day, the type of weather, the road conditions and more. Naturally, obtain information such as all contact information of the person at fault, any witnesses’ contact information, insurance information including a phone number, and the car registration and license number of the other driver.

Insurance companies don’t necessarily want to support you through your recovery. They have a bottom line to protect and use general bell curves to determine where you should be at in your injury recovery. It’s sometimes hard to get them to deviate from these formulas and see you as an individual who has been injured and who needs treatment.

Dealing With Insurance After an Accident? Contact the Weber & Nierenberg Law Firm

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are experienced in protecting the rights of people injured in car, bike, bus, pedestrian and other types of motor vehicle accidents. Our law firm represents clients throughout the Northern California and San Francisco Bay Area. We will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses. Call 866-288-6010 today.

We represent clients in personal injury cases on a contingency basis; you pay no attorney fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

Can I Leave the Scene of An Accident If Nobody Is Injured?

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Even if no one is injured in your car crash, the law states that you cannot leave the scene of an accident. If you do, you could theoretically get charged with a hit-and-run misdemeanor. If someone was injured in the crash and you leave the scene, you could potentially be charged with a felony hit-and-run. Better to sit tight in your car.

You ideally should exchange all contact information with the other driver involved in the accident, including insurance and car information. Then you should call the police to report the accident so that it can be documented, and only then should you be free to go.

When you speak with the driver of the other vehicle, don’t admit fault. It may not even be wise to say you are sorry, even though that would be a person’s natural inclination. Later on, insurance companies may take the “I’m sorry” as an admission of guilt, even if you were not at fault. In the same vein, say as little as possible to the police officer taking the report. Be polite and respectful without saying too much until you speak with your own insurance agent about what happened.

If you have hit a parked car, damaging property, you should make every attempt to find the driver or owner of the parked car. If you cannot, don’t just leave the scene without leaving a note with your contact information.

The one exception to instructions not to leave the scene of the accident is if you have been injured and are unable to actually exchange information with the other driver and the police.

Questions about How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You?

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm protect the rights of those injured in accidents caused by others. We are experienced handling cases involving car, bus, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian and truck crashes.

Our law firm represents clients throughout the Northern California and San Francisco Bay Area. We will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses. Call 866-288-6010 today. We represent clients in personal injury cases on a contingency basis; you pay no attorney fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

 
 
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