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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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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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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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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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What Are the Most Common Accidental Injuries?

We’ve all had some accidents in our lives – no matter how cautious you are, bad luck can strike at any time. However, sometimes those accidents can turn into something major, leading to serious injuries or even death. Unintentional injuries may be minor, but they can get serious in the blink of an eye. What are Accidental Injuries? Unintentional injuries are those that aren’t planned, and happened out of chance or bad luck. Unintentional injuries can be as minor as stubbing a toe, or as serious as drowning. Why are Unintentional Injuries Serious? In 2013 alone, there were 130,557 deaths…

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Injured on a Ferry Boat?

As the chaotic Bay Area traffic and congestion somehow gets worse every year, the numerous ferry options servicing the Bay Area have thrived. According to the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, ridership on the San Francisco Bay ferry has increased by an incredible 72 percent since 2012. Same goes for the Golden Gate ferry, whose ridership has risen by nearly 45 percent since 2005. However, as ferries take on more riders, the chance for unfortunate incidents increases as well. In 2014, a ferry coming from Oakland made headlines as it hit a piling at Pier 41, injuring ten people. Among the…

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Self-Driving Vehicle Regulation – What Does It Mean?

In early September, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill that effectively legitimizes self-driving vehicles for the future to come. Dubbed the SELF DRIVE Act, this bill aims to set a framework for autonomous vehicle regulation at the federal level – the first step in establishing national standards for testing, safety, and regulation. Why is This Important? Currently, regulation of self-driving vehicles on public roads lies solely in the state’s hands – and only 21 states have passed legislation related to autonomous vehicles. Most of these state laws don’t share much in the way of standards, with many of…

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Steps to Take if You Experience Police Misconduct or Abuse

Every year, people experience abuse at the hands of those who are supposed to protect and serve. You will not find accurate statistics on instances of police misconduct and abuse because many survivors never come forward. They are silent victims of a prominent problem within the criminal justice system. When you interact with police officers, even during an arrest, you have certain inalienable rights. You have the right to remain silent, to record police interactions, to decline giving consent to a search, and to fair and reasonable treatment during detainment and incarceration, among other things. If a law enforcement officer…

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