Motorcycle Accident Law: Payouts When You’re At Fault

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In this blog post, we talk about motorcycle accident law. Once understood, we will be able to appreciate why it is often wrong to blame the motorcyclist when they are involved in an injury accident and how even when the motorcyclist is partly to blame, the payouts can be substantial.

Why do people always want to blame the motorcyclist?

Is it because of lane splitting by the motorcyclist?

Lane splitting is the practice of motorcycles traveling between lanes in order to get ahead of traffic.  No doubt we have all seen this happen on Interstate 80 in Roseville and Sacramento, Interstate 50 in El Dorado Hills and Placerville, and even Highway 49 in Auburn, Grass Valley, and Nevada City.

While this may make a car driver uncomfortable and even angry, motorcycle accident law teaches that this practice is not illegal and it does not mean the motorcycle is to blame.  Operators of all motor vehicles must use reasonable care.

Take the case of a passenger who opened her car door in traffic striking a lane spitting motorcyclist.  The lane-splitting motorcyclist was not to blame and recovered 100% of his damages from the car and passenger’s insurance companies as a result of their negligence.

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Car Accidents While Driving For Work: Who Is Responsible?

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Ever wonder what the consequences are if you or a loved one are in a car accident while driving for work? You may also wonder what your employer’s liability is for a car accident in a company vehicle.  Or perhaps you would like to know who is responsible for an accident in your personal car that happens on company time? This post will answer these and other questions about whether a car accident at work can result in an employer being responsible to pay for the damages.

It all starts with Respondeat Superior

A mouthful, right? The doctrine of respondeat superior dates back to 17th century England, where the law held a master or employer legally liable for the actions of his servant or employee. This only applied to acts done while the servant or employee was working.

A 400-year-old legal principle will help determine your case!

This 400-year-old powerful legal principle that makes an employer liable for the negligent acts of his employee while doing their job remains one of the most important aspects of determining how your case will turn out. Continue reading “Car Accidents While Driving For Work: Who Is Responsible?”

To Be Health Insured or Not To Be Health Insured, That Is The Question For Your Personal Injury Case

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You might be wondering what health insurance has to do with the personal injury cases I see every day. A portion of the settlement that you receive may be owed to your own health insurance carrier when you receive payment from the party that caused the accident. You may also personally take home a smaller proportion of the settlement if the other party advances medical payments. You may also wind up with more money in your pocket when you do not submit your medical bills to your own health insurance or if you did not have health insurance. To understand how all this can happen, let’s first discuss how health insurance actually works.

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Do You Have the Right Auto Insurance to Cover Car Accident Injuries?

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The outcome of every car accident personal injury case is dependent upon auto insurance

The amount of insurance you carry and the amount of insurance the at-fault party carries affects everything from the damages to your vehicle, payment of medical expenses, reimbursement of lost wages, and payment for your pain and suffering.

If there is not enough insurance, you risk not being fully compensated for your losses.

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