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Legal resources for victims of pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian accidents can cause significant harm to victims which can last a lifetime. As a result, victims of pedestrian accidents should be familiar with the legal resources available to them when they have been harmed. Different legal options and remedies are available and pedestrian accident victims should know what they are.

Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association reports that close to 5,000 pedestrians die annually in motor vehicle-related accidents and approximately another 76,000 pedestrian accident victims suffered injuries in pedestrian accidents during 2012. A pedestrian accident can leave victims with serious injuries including physical injuries and other damages including financial and emotional damages.

What truck accident victims should know about truck accident law

When truck accidents occur, they can be catastrophic for victims and their families simply because of the size disparity of trucks compared to other vehicles they share the roadways with. As a result, the laws regulating the trucking industry and the legal resources available to help victims of truck accidents are important to understand.

To help protect the public and ensure public safety, the trucking industry is regulated by both state and federal laws. State and federal trucking regulations must be followed by both trucking companies and truck drivers. When a trucking company or truck driver has violated any the regulations they are required to follow, and causes a truck accident, a violation of the regulations may be considered evidence of negligence.

Making sure to get full workers' compensation benefits

Understanding workers' compensation benefits is vital for workers who have been injured on the job. Workers' compensation benefits in California provide a system to protect workers when they have been harmed in a workplace accident or are suffering from a workplace illness.

Injured workers and their families, and workers suffering from an occupational illness, should know how to respond to a workplace accident. Following a workplace accident, injured workers should notify their supervisor of the injury they have suffered. Next, they should seek medical treatment for their injuries. Of course, they should always immediately seek whatever emergency medical care and treatment they need. They should also make a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

Who may be liable for truck accident damages?

Truck accidents can wreak havoc on the lives of victims and can have fatal consequences. As a result, it is important for truck accident victims to be familiar with the legal resources that may be available to them and who may be liable for the damages they have suffered.

When a negligent truck driver or trucking company has caused harm to victims they may be liable to compensate victims for the harm they have suffered. A negligent truck driver can be liable for the harm suffered by victims such as when a truck driver was speeding at the time of the accident, distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Depending on the relationship between the truck driver and the trucking company, they may also be liable for the harm the victim has suffered. Additionally, if the truck was improperly maintained with defective auto parts, the trucking company may be liable to victims.

Fatal California workplace accident claims life of worker

Workers' compensation provides many different kinds of benefits for different situations. In a California community south of the Indio area, a fatal workplace accident is being investigated. The fatal accident occurred at an iron company when iron beams fell off a truck in the yard. The worker, a man in his 20s, was transported to the hospital but did not survive. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident. The Department of Labor reports that the last incident at the company was in 2014.

Workers can be harmed on the job in a variety of different ways including crush injuries or injuries that leave them pinned. Unfortunately, sometimes a workplace injury can result in a fatality that leaves a family without the companionship of their family member but may also leave them facing unexpected financial challenges. Depending on the circumstances, workers' compensation benefits may be able to help.

Legal options for victims of construction accidents

Pedestrian accidents can be devastating for victims and their families. A recent pedestrian accident in the Southern California area left two women in critical condition. The two victims were taken to a local hospital following the auto-pedestrian accident and were listed in critical condition following the accident.

The pedestrian accident occurred in the afternoon when the two victims were struck by a car and pinned against concrete steps. The two victims were pinned between the vehicle and the steps and were extricated by rescue personnel. When a victim is unexpectedly struck by a vehicle, they may suffer serious injuries that result in high medical costs, time away from work and an inability to earn a living and emotional damages associated with the trauma and stress of a pedestrian accident.

Legal options for victims of construction accidents

Construction site accidents can seriously injure workers. There are many possible dangers on a construction site that can result in construction accidents. Because a construction accident can result in medical expenses, lost wages and time away from work, injured workers should be familiar with the workers' compensation options available to them.

Construction site accidents can result from falling objects, falls from scaffolding, a fall from a roof or power tool accidents all of which can seriously harm victims, leaving them unable to work. Depending on the circumstances, workers injured on a construction site may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits but may also have personal injury legal protections available to them if the injury or harm they suffered was caused by a third party.

What should I do after a pedestrian accident?

Knowing what steps to take following a pedestrian accident can be especially important for pedestrian accident victims. It is important that a victim who has suffered harm in a pedestrian accident understands how to protect their legal rights.

Victims of pedestrian accidents may be able to recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional injuries suffered in a pedestrian accident through a personal injury claim for damages. To do that, it is helpful for them to know what to do following a pedestrian accident. To begin with, following the pedestrian accident, and as soon as it is safe to do so and the victim has received whatever medical care and treatment they need, the victim should record, in writing, as much about the accident as they are able, including the nature of their injuries and the damages they have suffered as a result.

Worker killed in California construction accident

Workers' compensation benefits are a valuable resource for workers and their families. A construction site accident in Northern California recently claimed the life of worker. Unfortunately, what began as a rescue mission turned into a recovery mission. Two men were working on a concrete storm drain when a trench collapsed underneath them. One of the workers was crushed in the trench as they were exiting it. It was estimated the trench was 12 feet deep and instability surrounding it created challenges for the recovery effort.

The worker left behind a family and worked for a pipeline company. California Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators were among those that responded to the fatal accident. When a family is left behind following a fatal construction accident, it is important for surviving family members and loved ones to be familiar with the options available to help them as they may struggle through a difficult time.

Knowing what laws protect truck accident victims is important

Truck accidents can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims and their families because they can result in catastrophic injuries and even death. As a result, truck accident victims and their families should be familiar with trucking regulations and also with legal resources available to them when they have been harmed.

Because commercial trucks vastly outsize passenger vehicles and other vehicles they share the roadways with, regulations are in place to help keep the public safe. Federal agencies that regulate the trucking industry to help ensure public safety include the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). When a truck driver or trucking company has violated a regulation and causes a truck accident, the violation may be evidence of negligence in a personal injury claim for damages.

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