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Understand your rights after a slip-and-fall accident

If you fell and suffered injuries while you were in public, it can feel frustrating and overwhelming. The incident that left you injured may not be your fault, but rather, it may be the result of factors beyond your control. A slip-and-fall incident and other types of falls can be embarrassing and painful, but legal options could be available to you.

One of the most beneficial things you can do as a victim is to take immediate action to protect your interests after a fall. Even if you are unsure of what exactly caused your accident or who may be to blame, it is always prudent to know your options. Slip-and-fall accident victims sometimes have the right to seek compensation through a premises liability claim. 

How long will it take to get compensation after a car crash?

If you had the unfortunate experience of being involved in a car accident here in California, you may have some questions about what to do next. This event has likely left you suffering in a number of ways. When it comes to your financial losses, in particular, you may feel a bit on edge about how long it may take for you to achieve compensation.

Here is the deal with car accident cases, insurance providers want to be quick to settle for practically nothing. They count on your need for cash now to get you to take less than what you are really entitled to. While a quick settlement is always wanted, it is not always the best.

Another driver's bad habits could place your health at risk

Bad habits can be difficult to break, but in many cases, another person's inclinations may pose little threat to your safety. However, when these habits pertain to the decisions a person makes while operating a motor vehicle, the potential risks you face could increase substantially.

As you might rely on your vehicle to reach a variety of destinations, leaving the car in the garage might not be an option. By gaining awareness of potentially dangerous driving habits to watch for while out on California roads, you could become better prepared to react to a variety of scenarios.

Using your uninsured motorist coverage

When you bought your auto insurance policy, your agent should have offered to add uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. California law requires insurance agents to offer this added coverage, but you are not required to purchase it. However, it may have seemed like a good idea at the time, so you agreed, and you were right to do so since California has one of the highest rates of uninsured drivers in the country at 15 percent.

Maybe money got tight for you at some point, and you considered cutting the UIM option from your policy, but you wisely changed your mind. Unfortunately, the driver who plowed into you made a different choice and was driving with no insurance coverage at all. Now you must put this policy to good use.

Drowsy driving is more dangerous than many believe

Getting enough sleep can have a number of benefits. You may have more energy, have mood improvements and have better health overall. Another important benefit of getting enough rest means that you have a greater ability to remain focused on any tasks you may need to complete.

Having focus is particularly important when behind the wheel of a vehicle. Unfortunately, not everyone considers drowsy driving as risky as it really is. As a result, they may get behind the wheel after having a restless night and not think about the danger they present to themselves and other travelers on the roadways.

A bike crash doesn't have to send your world crashing down

You love cycling -- after all, it can be an excellent way to get some exercise and save on gas costs. Unfortunately, if you ride your bike around a negligent vehicle driver, you may end up suffering injuries in an accident.

A bike crash can easily lead to serious if not fatal injuries. Fortunately, if a motorist has injured you due to careless behavior behind the wheel, you have the right to seek to hold him or her accountable through the California civil court system.

A police report may prove invaluable following a car crash

If you are injured in a car wreck, the most important step you can take is to seek medical treatment if necessary. The second-most important step is to contact police.

Once you call police to the scene of your injury car crash, they will produce a report on the details of the crash. If your crash-related injuries were the result of another driver's carelessness in California, getting a copy of the report may be immensely helpful in the event you decide to seek compensation for your injuries by filing a personal injury claim.

Understanding your rights after a dog attack

America has a love affair with dogs. People often treat their pets like members of the family, and more businesses are friendly to dogs. Many hotels, restaurants and retail stores do not turn away a pet owner whose dog is leashed or carried like a child.

Nevertheless, dogs are not people, and as much as society loves them, dogs are still animals with animal tendencies many humans do not understand. This is why almost 5 million people across the country suffer from dog bites each year, and California ranks number one among the states with the highest number of injuries from animal attacks. If you are among those hundreds whose encounter with a dog left you injured, you understand the effect it can have on your life.

Long-term brain injuries may develop in split-second car accident

When you set out on the highway to begin your day, you naturally believe that your day will be relatively ordinary. However, you quickly find yourself with a pounding headache after a car strikes your vehicle. All of a sudden, your day has become anything but ordinary as a result of a negligent fellow driver.

Brain injuries can easily occur in a California car accident, and unfortunately, they may disrupt your life both temporarily and long term. Here is a glimpse at what you need to know about brain injuries.

After a car accident, do I take the settlement or go to trial?

While going about your day, you found yourself once again on one of California's many busy highways. This time, your trip was a little different. This time, you were involved in an accident that left you seriously hurt. Broken but recovering, you are struggling physically, emotionally and financially. Then the responsible party's insurance provider calls and offers you a settlement. Do you take it?

It can be really tempting to take the initial offer and just move on with your life. Before you do, though, think big picture. Does that settlement cover all your losses? Will it be enough to pay for any care you need in the future, not just what you need now? If the answer to these questions is no, refusing may be in your best interest.

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