2018

Was Your Car Totaled in an Accident?

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SAN DIEGO, California. If you have been in a serious accident, you will likely be dealing with insurance adjusters regarding damages to your vehicle and regarding seeking damages for your personal injury. If your car was seriously damaged in an accident, there is a chance that insurance adjusters will declare your vehicle a total loss. What does it mean when your insurance company declares your vehicle “totaled” and what are your rights?

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Avoiding Collisions with Trucks

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SAN DIEGO, California. If you plan to drive long distances over the holiday, one thing is for sure: you’ll be sharing the road with semi-trucks, big rigs, and large trucks. As more Americans order goods online, more trucks will be on the road. Yet, when accidents happen between trucks and passenger vehicles, the people most likely to suffer serious injuries are passengers in the smaller vehicles. Trucks carry heavier loads and can cause serious damage if a collision occurs. So, what can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones when sharing the road with big rigs this holiday travel season? Here are some tips:

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How the Story of the World’s First Traffic Light Can Inform Our Thinking About Driverless Technology and Crash Risks

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SAN DIEGO, California. The Smithsonian Magazine recently ran a story about the world’s first traffic light. The story offers insight into the way traffic innovations that ultimately go on to prevent car crashes can initially cause more accidents. As the old saying goes, “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Could the story of London’s first traffic light offer us insight into how driverless cars should be received on the roadways?

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Common Causes of Bike Accidents

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SAN DIEGO, California. Bike accidents can be particularly deadly for victims and their families. Bikers don’t have the protective chassis of a vehicle, meaning that bike crashes are more likely to result in serious injury or death for the rider. Serious injuries can include head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones. Even when the injuries are not life-altering like major traumatic brain injury or a spinal cord injury, victims can still face a long road to recovery.

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Five Bad Faith Insurance Practices to Watch for After Your Car Accident

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SAN DIEGO, California. Investopedia defines insurance bad faith as any action performed by an insurer that denies its clients the coverage promised under an insurance policy. Bad faith can occur when an insurer refuses to pay a claim that a policy holder is entitled to make. Bad faith can also occur if an insurer delays a legitimate claim or fails to properly investigate a claim. When insurers act in bad faith, victims and families might have the right to pursue a lawsuit against their insurance provider. Huffington Post recently reported that the insurance provider, Aetna was asked to pay $25 million to the family of a woman who was denied access to radiation therapy under her coverage.

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Ride-Hailing Apps May Be Increasing Number of Deaths on U.S. Roads

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SAN DIEGO, California. Researchers at the University of Chicago investigated whether the presence of ride-hailing applications, like Uber and Lyft, might be leading to more deaths in cities where the applications are in use. While their paper still needs to undergo peer review, preliminary data published suggests that ride-hailing applications could be connected with more accidents. In the past, ride-hailing applications publicized themselves as a safe alternative for people who would otherwise be drinking and driving. While ride-hailing apps can certainly reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road, drunk drivers must utilize the applications in order for there to be a positive effect.

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