Thousands of people are killed and millions are injured in motor vehicle crashes. These crashes frequently are caused by the negligence of other drivers, leading to death or injury for these drivers as well as for innocent victims. Motor vehicle accidents can have many causes, but they most simply can be divided among negligence, intentional misconduct, or product liability. While it is true that accidents can be caused by a so-called “act of nature” such as earthquakes, this is rare.
Negligence is one of the primary causes of automobile accidents. Negligent acts mean that the driver causing the accident did not exercise reasonable care. Examples include driving too fast or too slow for the conditions, allowing one to be distracted, and carelessly ignoring traffic signals or conditions. There are many areas in which negligence can occur, but the common thread is that negligence is a failure to be careful rather than an act intended to cause harm. A person who is distracted and rear-ends another at a red light is negligent. Intentional misconduct, on the other hand, is an action committed when the person knew that when doing so could cause the other harm and did not care, or actively desired to harm others. Someone who drives at a high rate of speed, cutting in and out of traffic, is intentionally putting himself and others at risk. The law of strict liability could apply in some circumstances, and neither negligent nor intent would need to be shown. A third cause of automobile accidents is product failure, a prime example of which being the Firestone Tire litigation. In those cases, defects in the tires caused accidents beyond drivers’ control. The defects were not intentional but under the law, the manufacturer was responsible. A similar situation could exist if a repair to the car was done improperly and resulted in a crash. In some states, the case of auto accidents caused by drunk drivers, the business or host who supplied the alcohol and allowed the driver to drive in an intoxicated condition could be found to have a secondary liability.
All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are growing more and more popular. As such, the number of ATV accidents is on the rise. What’s behind the rise in all terrain vehicle accidents? Driver error, increased power, speed, and the profile of ATVs. Unfortunately, these off-road accidents can have severe consequences, leading to injury and even death.
ATVs operation is largely unregulated by the federal government and state law. Though many car dealers offer classes on driving an ATV, drivers often opt out and drive the vehicles without adequate training. In addition, these vehicles are often used on personal property by children and young people well below driving age. A recent study showed that drivers under age 15 are more than twice as likely to overturn or lose control of their ATV.
The causes of all terrain vehicle accidents are varied. Driver error can be a factor, as can terrain, weather conditions, and even the presence of other ATVs. Most ATV injuries involve spinal cord and head trauma, which can lead to brain damage, neurological conditions including paralysis, and even death. These permanent injuries can affect a victim’s ability to work and participate in normal daily activities, and can cost thousands of dollars in required medical and other care.
Also known as big rigs, tractor-trailers or semis — form the invisible supply network that keeps American businesses running smoothly. Unfortunately, they’re also extremely dangerous in the hands of a careless operator. Because a truck weighs so much more than a passenger vehicle, it can hit a smaller auto with the force of 20 cars at the same time, virtually guaranteeing death or serious injury for those inside the passenger vehicle. That’s why truck accidents cause so many deaths — the Federal Department of Transportation reports that while trucks make up three percent of the vehicles on American roads, they were involved in 12 percent of fatal accidents in 2005. And an alarming three-quarters of those deaths were the deaths of people in other vehicles.
Truck driver error is a major cause of truck accidents, but not the only one. Cost-cutting trucking companies, more worried about their bottom lines than safety, often send their truckers out with substandard or badly maintained equipment. Insufficient safety lights, malfunctioning brakes and wrongly inflated tires put truckers and everyone around them at serious risk. And if cargo is poorly secured or hazardous, it poses an unnecessary, unacceptable risk to everyone sharing the roads with a truck.
Accidents may not be part of most people’s daily lives, but for trucking companies, they’re just the price of doing business. If you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident in San Diego or anywhere in California, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer. The trucking companies may send representatives to you as soon as possible to destroy evidence and minimize their liability. Don’t be taken in — don’t sign or do anything until you talk to Attorney Mike Feldman at the Feldman Group
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a vehicular accident, call the Feldman Group at 1-877-978-4878 or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation is FREE of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a Statute of Limitations, Therefore, please call right away to ensure the you do not waive your right to possible compensation.
Motorcyclists face countless dangers on the road and are extremely vulnerable to serious injury from roadside crashes or collisions with other vehicles. Even minor motorcycle accidents can potentially have devastating consequences, as motorcycle drivers and passengers have little to protect them from injury. For victims and their families, recovery from a serious motorcycle accident can be difficult when there are mounting medical bills and insurance matters to sort out. Fortunately, victims of motorcycle accidents can contact the Feldman Group to secure legal representation immediately after an accident. Not only will our firm deal with insurance companies on your behalf, attorney Mike Feldman will assist you with the practical aspects of your case to let you focus on your recovery.
Common Causes of Most Motorcycle Injuries
Most serious San Diego County and California motorcycle injuries are caused by the negligence or carelessness of other drivers. Drivers put motorcycle riders at risk everyday by ignoring the posted speed limit, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or simply making careless maneuvers that force motorcyclists off the road. Unfortunately, in many cases it can be difficult for motorcycle riders to identify the parties responsible for their injuries and prove that negligence caused the accident.
This is where our the Feldman Group come in. We have extensive experience reconstructing motorcycle accident scenes to demonstrate liability on the part of other drivers. We have a team of experts that can reconstruct scene of motorcycle accidents to collect evidence, take photos, and interview witnesses. The sooner you call our firm after a motorcycle accident, the sooner we are able to begin our investigation. Even if you are unsure who is at fault, you can benefit from the knowledge and expertise of Personal Injury Lawyer Mike Feldman. He has helped countless victims recover compensation, and we can give you the advice you need to protect your legal rights.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
All motorcycle riders face the same risk of injury on the road, whether they are riding a sport bike, a Harley, or even a dirt bike. Motorcycle accidents can result in everything from road rash to more debilitating injuries, including fractures, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury – in some cases even wrongful death.
Even the most minor injuries can cause victims to miss work and produce high medical bills, but where injuries are severe, the financial and emotional stability of the victim and their entire family may be at risk. For this reason it is important for victims to have an experienced lawyer at their side to secure compensation for everything from lost wages to pain and suffering.
At the Feldman Group, attorney Mike Feldman has been serving San Diegan Motorcycle Victims since 1985. He has successfully resolved numerous cases on behalf of motorcycle accident victims and their families. We are prepared to pursue the compensation victims deserve. Whether in a court of law or through direct negotiations with insurance companies, attorney Mike Feldman represents the interests of his clients to the fullest extent possible.
If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident in San Diego County or anywhere in California, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer. The insurance company of the party at fault may send representatives to you as soon as possible to collect and twist evidence and minimize their liability. Don’t be taken in — don’t sign or do anything until you talk to Attorney Mike Feldman at the Feldman Group. Before you take another step, we urge you to contact Attorney Mike Feldman by either Calling him 24/7 at (877) 978-4878.
For many people, cycling is a beloved hobby, or even a convenient method of transportation. In fact, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration has reported that millions of people choose to bike on roads that are shared by motor vehicles every year.
While most drivers are aware of cyclists and do everything they can to protect the safety of cyclists who are riding near them, there are many instances reported each year where drivers have behaved negligently, and have caused serious collisions with bicyclists. When a motor vehicle and a bicycle rider collide, the person with the greatest risk of obtaining a serious injury is the cyclist. Bicycle accidents can be devastating, if not altogether lethal.
After a person has been involved in a bicycle accident, and he/she has been seriously injured due to a motor vehicle driver’s negligence, it is important that the person consult with a knowledgeable bicycle accident attorney. A bicycle accident lawyer can protect the cyclist’s rights and provide valuable investigate resources. An aggressive attorney can also help the bicycle rider recover maximum compensation for his/her serious bicycle accident injuries.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, the last thing you or your family should have to worry about is your financial security. At the Feldman group, we believe that our clients should be allowed to focus on getting better without having to stress over their future well-being. Attorney Mike Feldman is a skilled personal injury attorney who will aggressively fight for maximum recovery of damages for our clients’ bicycle accident injuries.
If you or someone you love was injured in a bicycle accident in San Diego County or anywhere in California, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer. The insurance company of the party at fault may send representatives to you as soon as possible to collect and twist evidence in their favor and minimize their liability. Don’t be taken in — don’t sign or do anything until you contact the Feldman Group. Before you take another step, we urge you to talk to Attorney Mike Feldman by either. We can be reached 7/24 and he will come to you. There is no fee for an initial consultation and these cases are handled on a contingent fee basis, which means no up front fee or costs are required. You only pay a percentage fee if a monetary recovery is obtained for you.
BRAIN OR HEAD INJURIES
Brain Injuries-Of all the injuries that an individual can suffer, brain injuries are among the most frightening and the most deadly. I have successfully handled numerous brain injury cases over the last 37 years, and knows how traumatic they can be. Brain or traumatic head injury cases are traumatic for not only the victim but his loved ones and care givers too. You want an lawyer who has experience with these type of cases and can give you the answers and guidance needed to navigate the challenges that such a case face. Do not simply call the ad you see on television or sign an attorney fee agreement with someone who comes to you and is only an investigator or paralegal and not the attorney who will in fact be handling your case. These are questionable practices and a red flag that should make you think to contact another lawyer such as myself, who will personally meet with you and be in direct charge of your case.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) typically involves a sudden physical trauma to the head. TBI can result from closed head or penetrating head injuries. Closed head injuries occur when the head violently strikes an external object, but the object does not penetrate the skull. Penetrating head injuries occur when the object pierces the skull and damages brain tissue.
There are several different types of traumatic injuries that can damage the brain. A skull fracture occurs when the bone of the skull cracks or breaks. A depressed skull fracture occurs when pieces of the broken skull press into the tissue. This can cause bruising of the tissue, called a contusion. A contusion can also occur in response to shaking of the brain within the confines of the skull. Damage to a major blood vessel within the head can cause a hematoma, or heavy bleeding into or around the brain.
The symptoms of TBI are not necessarily dramatic and can involve conditions as unremarkable as a simple headache. Other warning signs of TBI include nausea, seizures, confusion or other cognitive problems, a change in personality, depression, irritability, and other emotional and behavioral problems. Although the symptoms of TBI can be subtle, the effects of TBI are anything but subtle. The consequences of TBI can range from a mild concussion to permanent physical, cognitive, and behavioral / emotional impairments, seizure disorders, paralysis, coma and death.
If you or someone you know are involved in a head injury or serious spinal cord injury case and need legal advise simply call The Feldman Group at (877) 978-4878 for a free case evaluation.
Brain injuries can result from a number of different causes, with the leading causes being motor vehicle crashes, slips and falls, sports-related injuries strokes, anoxia, tumors, viral infections, degenerative diseases, near drowning, and other conditions not involving external force. Approximately 1 million Americans are treated and released from hospital emergency rooms each year as a result of TBI, and an estimated 5.3 million Americans are living today with some form of TBI-related disability.
Because brain injury cases can be very complex, you need an experienced and aggressive brain injury attorney to successfully handle them. The Feldman Group have the necessary experience you need. We have sued doctors and other individuals responsible for brain injuries, and we are not afraid to take them to trial if one of our clients has been injured. Accordingly, if you or someone you know have sustained related injuries, please contact my office by simply calling (877) 978-4878 for a free case evaluation.
According to the U.S. Cost Guard, there were 5,705 reported boating accidents in 2002, resulting in 750 fatalities, 4,062 serious injuries, and $39,185,172 in property damage. This is the highest number of deaths reported since 1998. The most frequently reported type of boating accident is collisions with other vessels. However, capsizing and falls overboard are the most frequently reported types of fatal accidents and account for more than 50 percent of all boating fatalities. Seventy percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and nearly 85 percent of the victims who drowned were not wearing a personal flotation device, such as a life jacket.
To a boating accident lawyer, the injuries that can result from boating related accidents are depressingly familiar: brain and spinal cord injuries; sprains; fractures; abrasions; internal and soft tissue injuries; burn injuries; and just about every other injury associated with the operation of other motorized vehicles.
Because boating cases can be very complex, you need an experienced and aggressive boating accident lawyer to successfully handle them. The Feldman Group has the necessary experience. We have sued boat owners, manufacturers and other individuals responsible for injuries, and we are not afraid to take them to trial if one of our clients has been injured. Accordingly, if you or someone you know have sustained a boating related injury, contact us at 1-877-978-4878
BUS OR TROLLEY ACCIDENT
Unquestionably, America is a nation on the move. Public transportation shuttles commuters to and fro as a low cost, and sometimes FREE, service to the community. Although infrequent, accidents and collisions involving metro and school buses is a reality that has to be dealt with. School buses are a particularly tragic source of bus injuries and deaths and thankfully, are quite low. But school bus injuries do not exclusively occur on the bus itself. Eighty percent of the children killed in school bus accidents were either boarding or leaving the bus at the time of the accident.
Injuries that can result from bus related accidents are depressingly familiar: brain and spinal cord injuries; sprains; fractures; abrasions; internal and soft tissue injuries; burn injuries; and just about every other injury associated with the operation of other motorized vehicles. Whether you were involved in an accident on a school bus, city bus, Greyhound, bus line charter, or privately owned and operated bus you may have a limited amount of time to file a notice of claim with the appropriate city agency. Time frame’s vary by city, but in some cases, the appropriate paperwork must be filed within the first 45-90 days or you can actually lose your right to sue.
If you are the victim of a personal injury, there are several things you can do to help yourself. First and foremost, make sure that you seek proper medical attention and that you follow up with the proper authorities and your own insurance company. If you believe your injury was caused by the carelessness or intentional act of another, you may want to contact an attorney at The Feldman Group to discuss this. You should call as soon as it is possible to do so and avoid discussing the matter with strangers and/or insurance representatives who are not from your own insurance company. You should be cooperative with the police, your own treating physician, and your own insurance company. Most personal injury cases are governed be a Statute of Limitations, which means that you only have a certain period of time in which you can file a lawsuit. If you have a personal injury case that you would like us to review please call The Feldman Group toll free at 1-877-978-4878 for a FREE consultation or submit an online questionnaire.
Frequently, when car, bus or other accidents occur, injuries may occur to passengers inside the vehicles. These injuries may be legally compensated and involve insurance claims and lawsuits, depending upon the circumstances of the case. While every state has its own law regarding how a passenger may obtain relief for damages incurred due to an accident, some states permit passengers to look to all parties involved in a car accident in order to obtain monetary damages. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the law of one’s jurisdiction in order to determine how the law impacts one’s case.
While the types of passenger injuries vary, there are some common passenger injuries. For example, car accident back pain due to trauma sustained in an accident is frequently claimed. In addition, car accident shoulder pain is another common injury. Furthermore, headaches after car accidents, as well as neck pain, lacerations, broken bones and bruised/damaged organs are all frequent injuries following an automobile accident. Finally, whiplash is claimed in most car accident cases. This injury may be a natural cause of impact or could be due to a whiplash system failure in a vehicle.
If you are a passenger and suffered injuries, please contact The Feldman Group toll free at 877-978-4878 for immediate attention.
SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Although the spinal cord is only 18 inches long, and is made up of tiny, delicate nerve cells, a spinal cord injury (SCI) can be a traumatic and devastating injury resulting in a lifetime of pain, suffering and huge medical expenses. At The Feldman Group, we know how devastating these injuries can be, and we have more than 37 years of experience in helping spinal cord injury victims put their lives back together.
A SCI typically involves some type of trauma to the nerve cells that form the spinal cord. As the spinal cord carries messages from the brain to various parts of the body to control functions such as movement, breathing, speaking, and other critical body functions, an injury to the spinal cord disrupts this communication, leading to the impairment of the body’s sensory, motor and involuntary reflex functions. Depending upon the nature and extent of the SCI, these disruptions can lead to two devastating conditions: paraplegia (paralysis of the lower portions of the body) or quadriplegia (paralysis of the upper and lower parts of the body).
The principal causes of SCI are motor vehicle collisions, slip and falls, acts of violence, sports-related injuries, and other incidents that cause injury or compression to the nerve cells of the spinal cord. Approximately 250,000 Americans currently suffer form some form of SCI, and there are about 11,000 new cases annually.
The costs related to SCI can be staggering. More than half of all spinal cord injuries result in quadriplegia, resulting in an average hospital stay of 95 days and approximately $120,000 in medical expenses. For individuals who sustain SCI at the age of 25, the average lifetime medical costs for quadriplegia is $1.35 million. And these figure do not take into account the physical and emotional suffering of the victims, the loss of wages and other income, and the financial and emotional burdens that SCI places on the victims’ care givers, who are more often than not close family members of the victim.
Because spinal cord injury cases can be very complex, you need an experienced and aggressive attorney to successfully handle them. The Feldman Group has the necessary experience. We have sued doctors and other individuals responsible for spinal cord injuries, and we are not afraid to take them to trial if one of our clients has been injured. Accordingly, if you or someone you know has sustained a spinal cord related injury, contact us toll free at (877) 978-4878 for a free initial consultation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in a single year over 300,000 large trucks are involved in motor vehicle accidents. Among these accidents, over 4,000 of them resulted in fatalities and over 90,000 people were injured.
Truck companies have a responsibility to ensure that their drivers are competent and safe. However, with the increased pressure to cut costs, some drivers, companies, and operators put the public at risk. Drivers sometimes fail to take the breaks required by law and companies sometimes fail to properly inspect equipment. If you feel that you have lost a loved one or have suffered an injury due to reckless driving, a negligent truck and semi-truck operator, or from unsafe equipment, you have a right to receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
The Feldman Group has been practicing law for over 37 years and is a skilled semi-truck and large truck accident lawyer for the city of San Diego. Mike Feldman is available 24-hours a day to hear your case. He will carefully review the details of the accident personally, to ensure that you can have the best possible outcome and receive due compensation. If you think you may have been the victim of negligent truck driving contact us for expert advice.
Truck Accidents: An Increasing Problem
Because of the hazardous nature of driving long distances with heavy loads, there are strict laws governing the driving and operating of large trucks and semi-trucks. These laws protect individuals from accidents involving truck operators and the companies that hire these drivers and equipment operators.
Unfortunately, despite these laws, truck drivers are frequently required to put in long hours on equipment that may not be well maintained. Many accidents occur due to driver or company negligence. As a result, truck accidents are an increasingly serious problem. Truck accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Common causes of accidents include:
- The use of alcohol and other drugs
- The failure to properly brake
- The failure to allow another vehicle to merge lanes
- Driving too fast given road conditions
- Driving without appropriate sleep
- Turning too widely
Unsafe equipment can also lead to semi-truck and large truck accidents. In many cases accidents of this nature are due to:
- Shred tires
- Carrying heavier loads than is allowable by law
- Improperly secured loads
- Brake failure
- Broken signal lights
Mike Feldman is a large truck and semi-truck accident lawyer in San Diego who understands the causes of truck accidents. He can help you evaluate the circumstances that led to the accident and help you seek justice for your case. Each case is unique and it is important to have a skilled truck and semi-truck attorney help you navigate the laws that are there to protect you and your loved ones.
Seeking Justice for You and Your Loved Ones
The consequences of truck accidents are often tragic. Injuries can be debilitating and costly. We will work diligently to ensure that you receive the recovery and compensation you are entitled to and that the companies and drivers responsible for your pain and suffering are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in an accident, you need a truck accident lawyer in San Diego that you can rely on and trust. Statutes of limitations mean that you have a limited amount of time to build a case. If you feel that you deserve compensation for an accident involving a large truck or semi-truck, contact The Feldman Law Group for a consultation today. The Feldman group has helped thousands of families see justice and get a fresh financial start.