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Autonomous Car Liability: Who’s Responsible for Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Autonomous vehicles have been the recent subject of news coverage. California is home to companies leading the autonomous vehicle movement, including Google and Uber. Motorists in the Bay Area might have already seen these vehicles in action as they go through rigorous testing. Widespread use of fully autonomous vehicles may still be years away, but large automakers are beginning to include autonomous features in their latest model vehicles. This raises some interesting questions regarding liability in self-driving car accidents. Will you need an autonomous car injury lawyer? How will insurance law change, and who will ultimately be responsible for injuries…

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Top 4 Common Tire Defects and How To Avoid Them

A tire blowout or malfunction can be more than just an inconvenience. An untimely tire defect can lead to an injury-causing crash, especially when it causes a car accident at high speeds. Discover the most common causes of tire blowouts and vehicle defects to take preventive actions to avoid a crash. The following represent the most common tire problems on California roadways: Underinflated Tires Unsurprisingly, an underinflated tire is more likely to sustain damage, especially when traveling at high speeds. When a tire does not have enough pressure, it causes more flexing in the sidewall. This causes much higher temperatures…

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What Is the Statute of Limitations in San Mateo?

A statute of limitations is a set of laws governing how long a plaintiff has to file a civil claim within a state. Each state has different statutes of limitations, as well as different deadlines depending on the type of civil claim. States impose time limits for filing claims to make the legal process just for defendants. Otherwise, a plaintiff could wait an exorbitant amount of time to bring a claim – such as after key evidence is gone or eyewitnesses have forgotten what they saw. Here is the statute of limitation laws in California. California’s Statutes of Limitations Statutes…

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What Are Punitive Damages and How Does It Affect My Case?

There are two main types of damages available in most personal injury lawsuits: compensatory and punitive. The goal of compensatory damages is to compensate a victim for his or her accident-related damages and losses. Compensatory damages can reimburse a claimant for lost wages, medical expenses, property damages, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages, on the other hand, punish the defendant for his or her wrongdoing. Contact an experienced injury attorney and learn about how punitive damages might affect your case in San Francisco. Punitive Damages vs. Compensatory Damages Punitive damages Aim to penalize the defendant and to deter others from…

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What If My Doctor Misdiagnosed My Cancer?

Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and failure to diagnose aren’t always harmful mistakes to patients. When the patient has cancer, though, diagnosis errors can mean the difference between life and death. If a doctor in San Francisco misdiagnosed your cancer case, resulting in a worsened prognosis, additional medical treatments, lost quality of life, the death of a loved one, or other damages, call our San Francisco medical malpractice lawyers and learn your rights as the victim of medical malpractice in California. When Is a Cancer Misdiagnosis Medical Malpractice? Not all misdiagnoses qualify as medical malpractice. No law requires doctors to make correct…

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7 Questions to Ask When Interviewing an Injury Attorney

Having a San Francisco personal injury attorney on your side makes it much more likely that you will secure the compensation you deserve after an injury. Having a great attorney on your side means you can have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your case will achieve the best outcome possible for your situation. Most of us may not need to hire a personal injury attorney more than once or twice in our lives and so you may be unfamiliar with what to look for in a good attorney. Here are some questions to help you find the…

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Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash in California – The Questions Remain

On March 23, 2018, 38-year-old, San Mateo man, Walter Huang was killed when his Tesla Model X slammed into a concrete barrier on southbound Highway 101 in Mountain View, California and subsequently caught on fire. According to news reports, Mr. Huang’s Tesla Model X was on Autopilot at the time of the crash. Indeed, at the center of this fatal car accident in San Mateo was Tesla’s Autopilot system. According to records provided by Mr. Huang’s family, the victim had taken his Model X into Tesla because the vehicle had veered towards that very same barrier several times previously. After the collision,…

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Dealing With Insurance After a Crash

Have you recently suffered injuries in a San Francisco car accident? You may be entitled to compensation for any damages that arise from another person’s negligence under California law. However, the degree of your compensation will depend on how you approach the days and weeks following an accident. Since car accident claims payout through insurance companies, knowing how to deal with them following your accident is essential. Follow these steps to successfully navigate your insurance claim following a car crash: Talking to Your Insurance Company Even if another driver is at fault for your injuries, most insurers require that you…

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How to Prove Loss of Wages for Personal Injury When Self-Employed

One of the most serious losses you incur after a catastrophic personal injury is the loss of income due to missed time working. That income goes to pay mortgage or lease payments, utility bills, car payments, and the ordinary expenses of daily life. Proving how much those wages would be when you are employed by another company is usually a simple matter of providing pay stubs and calculating your salary or hourly rate times the amount of time you will miss at work. However, calculating lost income when you are self-employed is far more complicated. It is important to get…

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What Are Subrogation Claims?

Subrogation claims are generally made by your health insurance provider after you receive a settlement or judgment in your personal injury claim. If your health insurance provider paid your medical expenses prior to your settlement, they may be allowed to receive a portion of the settlement you received to cover their expenses paid out for your medical bills. However, there are limits to what they can claim, and you may be able to reduce the amount they take from your settlement. Reading the Fine Print In every health insurance policy there is a subrogation clause. This is true whether you…

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